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Environmental Law for Transitions to Sustainability

Edited by: Marlon Boeve, Sanne Akerboom, Chris Backes, Marleen van Rijswick

ISBN13: 9781780689296
Published: April 2021
Publisher: Intersentia Publishers
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
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Over the last decades, environmental law has significantly contributed to limiting pollution and decoupling economic growth and negative environmental effects. However, current challenges require out-of-the-box solutions, integrated and inclusive approaches of both public and private actors and cross-border sets of instruments. This book presents inspiring ideas about how law can support the fundamental transition processes to a sustainable future and how it can provide guidance on the pathways to sustainability.

This book focuses on issues such as what legal instruments optimally encourage disruptive breakthroughs and where law may actually hamper sustainable innovations and solutions. It examines conceptual issues and specific legal tools, not only from an EU law perspective, but also from national and international law perspectives. Alongside general discussions about the role that law plays in encouraging sustainability, the book also concentrates on substantive areas in which transition processes to sustainability are urgently needed: the transition to a low carbon economy in order to comply with the Paris Agreement for climate change, the transition to a holistic management of water resources to achieve water security and the transition to halting the loss of biodiversity.

The different contributions make clear that until recently, law played a limited role and should be further developed and improved to better align with the more general aim to move towards a sustainable society. This book can serve as an inspiration for further discussion on the role of law as a tool for supporting the transition to a sustainable future.

The volume consists of a selection of timely and important contributions to the discussion on legal transitions to sustainability presented at the 7th European Environmental Law Forum (EELF) Conference in 2019, hosted by Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

Subjects:
Environmental Law
Contents:
Introduction
Marlon Boeve, Sanne Akerboom, Chris Backes, Marleen van Rijswick
PART I. TOOLS IN GENERAL
Towards More Sustainable EU Environmental Law
The Programmatic Approach to Achieving Sustainability in Environmental Law: Is it Possible?
An Analysis of the Circular Economy Legislative Package: A New Paradigm vs The Old Wate Law
Preconditions and Constraints of Effective Private Environmental Governance
Why Reality and Truth Matter in Environmental Law
PART II. TOOLS FOR COMPLIANCE WITH THE PARIS AGREEMENT
Towards a Cumulative Effect in Combating Climate Change with Special Focus on Disaster Risk Reduction: Paris Agreement, SDGs and the Sendai Framework
Directive 2003/4/EC as a Tool to Learn from the Successes and Failures of the EU ETS: Reflecting on the EU Emission Trading System
Finding the Spearhead of the EU Low-Carbon Energy Transition
Energy Return on Energy Investment (EROI): Implications for EU Climate and Environmental Law
Restoration by Private Entities in Indonesia: A Hope in Saving ‘Sinks’?
PART III. TOOLS FOR HALTING THE LOSS OF BIODIVERSITY
Rights of Nature as an Unlikely Saviour for the EU’s Threatened Species and Habitats: A Critical Introduction to a Revolutionary Idea
A Comparative Analysis of the Selection of Species and Establishment of their Natural Habitats in the US and the EU: Protecting Nature from People
The Impact of National and EU Criminal Law on the Protection of Biodiversity
Overabundant Ungulates Causing Biodiversity Loss and Human-Wildlife Conflicts: The Role of the National Law and Governance Structure in the Italian Jurisprudence
Legislation to Manage Invasive Alien Plants in England: What is the Meaning of ‘Landowner Responsibility’?
PART IV. TOOLS FOR ACHIEVING WATER SECURITY
Reporting Mechanism under the Water Convention: Innovation in the Sustainable Management of Transboundary Water Resources?
The Concept of Environmental Damage According to Directive 2004/35 and the Derogation under Article 4(7) of Directive 2000/60: How to Effectively Remedy Water Damage
Challenges and Prospects on the Application of Directive 92/43/EEC on Marine Ecosystems: Need for a New Legal Framework?
Fees for Water Services in the New Polish Water Law Act: A Step Towards Transition to Sustainability?