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Environmental Law

Ninth Edition

Stuart Bell, Donald McGillivray, Ole Pedersen, Emma Lees, and Elen Stokes

01 June 2017

ISBN: 9780198748328

872 pages

In Stock

Price: £52.99

The market-leading textbook, providing far-reaching and lucid coverage which promotes high-level understanding.


Approached thematically to help students plot a memorable map of the issues, the ninth edition of this established text provides far-reaching, lucid coverage of the fundamentals and enriching learning features to develop critical thinking and high-level understanding.

  • Offers broad and thorough coverage on the subject. Thematic discussion of key topics introduces debates and legislation from both a domestic and international perspective.
  • Sets the subject in context, providing an accessible introduction to the main themes and principles which shape environmental law, making it an ideal text both for new students and those looking to develop their understanding of this dynamic area
  • Chapter overviews and case studies set the scene and help students to engage with the substantive law
  • Essential cases and information boxes emphasize significant issues, helping readers identify the core case law, legislation and events
  • Features chapter summaries and self-test questions to help readers consolidate their learning, and further reading lists to support independent study and assessment preparation
  • Accompanied by an Online Resource Centre featuring additional chapters, expanded further reading suggestions for each chapter, web links, and legal updates

New to this edition

  • Coverage of the potential impact of Brexit on UK environmental law, an additional chapter discussing the regulation of new technologies, such as 'fracking', and consideration of the new sentencing guidelines
  • Treatment of important cases such as Coventry v. Lawrence on nuisance, Walton, Champion, and the HS2 decision on environmental assessment, the ClientEarth air pollution litigation, and the ICJ's decision in Costa Rica v Nicaragua
  • Includes analysis of the new EIA Directive, the Paris Agreement, and other recent climate change developments
  • Enhanced coverage of the latest developments in respect to costs of litigation and the role of courts, the Aarhus Convention and environmental rights
  • 'Case studies' introduce the key themes of each chapter and 'Consider this' features encourage students to ponder further on important issues

About the Author(s)

Stuart Bell, Professor of Law and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of York, Donald McGillivray, Professor of Environmental Law, University of Sussex, Ole Pedersen, Reader in Environmental Law, Newcastle University, Emma Lees, University Lecturer in Environmental and Property Law, University of Cambridge, and Elen Stokes, Professorial Research Fellow in Law, University of Birmingham

Professor Stuart Bell is Professor of Law and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of York

Professor Donald McGillivray is Professor of Environmental Law, University of Sussex

Dr Ole Pedersen is Reader in Law at Newcastle University

Dr Emma Lees is University Lecturer in Environmental and Property Law at Cambridge University

Professor Elen Stokes is Professorial Research Fellow in Law at the University of Birmingham

Table of Contents

    Part 1 Introductory Themes
    1:What is environmental law? A brief introduction
    2:History and challenges
    3:Environmental values, principles, and rights
    4:The form, function and administration of environmental law
    Part 2 Integrated Themes
    5:International law and environmental protection
    6:The European Union and the environment
    7:The regulation of environmental protection
    8:Environmental crime and enforcement
    9:Public participation
    10:Access to environmental justice and the role of the courts
    11:Private law and environmental protection
    Part 3 Sectoral Coverage
    12:Town and country planning
    13:Environmental assessment
    14:Environmental permitting and integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC)
    15:Climate change, ozone depletion, and air quality
    16:Contaminated land
    17:Water pollution and water quality
    18:Waste management
    19:The conservation of nature
    20:New technologies
    Available on the Online Resource Centre
    21:Landscape management
    22:Local controls and remedies
    23:Disposal of waste to sewers


"It is an excellent text which combines together all of the principal aspects of environmental law. " - Dr Haydn Davies, Associate Professor and Director of Research, Birmingham City University

Additional Resources

The accompanying Online Resource Centre for this book features:

- Three additional chapters covering landscape management, local controls and remedies, and disposal of waste to sewers
- Web links to direct further reading on the topics covered in the book
- Legal updates

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