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Environmental Law

Text, Cases & Materials

Second Edition

Elizabeth Fisher, Bettina Lange, and Eloise Scotford

17 June 2019

ISBN: 9780198811077

888 pages

In Stock

Text, Cases, and Materials

Price: £49.99

Expertly selected materials and insightful analysis combined by passionate authors



Environmental Law: Text, Cases, and Materials offers a comprehensive, critical, and case-focused approach to the subject, combining insightful author commentary with carefully selected extracts to fully support students.

  • Combines insightful author commentary with carefully selected extracts from UK and international sources to provide a thought-provoking and contextualized account of the subject
  • Provides detailed discussion of key cases, drawing together extracts from leading judgments, responses to controversial decisions, and the authors' own opinion to create a well-rounded account of the subject
  • Takes a thorough, detailed, and critical approach to the subject, providing a framework to support students throughout their course
  • Includes chapter conclusions and further reading suggestions to help student distil the essential issues and to support their independent study in preparation for assessments
  • Discussion questions are presented throughout the text, encouraging students to think analytically about key issues

New to this edition

  • Comprehensive updating of material and restructuring of chapters to reflect legal developments and to keep a focus on critical analysis, for example, new chapters have been dedicated to climate change law and air quality law
  • Changes in this new edition capture the cutting edge of scholarship in this very dynamic area of law, including discussion on the Paris Agreement and the ClientEarth litigation
  • Contents of pollution control chapters has been revised, discussing developments in flood and drought law
  • An engagement with the themes raised by Brexit in relation to environmental law

About the Author(s)

Elizabeth Fisher, Professor of Environmental Law, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, Bettina Lange, Associate Professor of Law and Regulation, University of Oxford, and Eloise Scotford, Professor of Environmental Law, UCL

Elizabeth Fisher is a Professor of Environmental Law at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford and is General Editor of the Journal of Environmental Law. She has written widely on environmental law and was shortlisted for the OUP Law Teacher of the Year Award in 2011 and won the SLS Peter Birks Book Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship in 2008.

Bettina Lange is an Associate Professor of Law and Regulation at the University of Oxford. Bettina has written widely on socio-legal aspects of environmental regulation. She teaches courses on environmental law, socio-legal research methods, and regulation.

Eloise Scotford is a Professor of Environmental Law at UCL and member of UCL's Centre of Law and the Environment. She is Analysis Editor of the Journal of Environmental Law and Associate Member of Landmark Chambers. She writes widely on environmental law and actively researches the legal treatment of environmental principles, air quality law, climate change governance, waste law, and legislative and adjudicative processes as they relate to the environment.

Table of Contents

    Part I: The Basics
    1:What is environmental law?
    2:Understanding environmental problems
    Part II: Legal Themes and Concepts
    3:Private law
    4:Public law
    5:Criminal liability
    6:Statutory liabilities and remedies
    8:Principle and policy
    9:Regulatory strategy
    Part III: Legal Cultures
    10:Environmental law in the legal culture of the United Kingdom
    11:European Union environmental law
    12:International environmental law
    Part IV: Pollution Control
    13:Pollution control permitting
    14:Integrated pollution control
    15:Water pollution
    16:Waste regulation
    17:Air quality law
    18:Climate change law
    Part V: Environmental Law and Environmental Protection
    19:Planning law
    20:Environmental impact assessment
    21:Nature conservation


"This book is a great resource drawing on an excellent breadth of source material." - Prof Karen Morrow, Professor of Environmental Law, Swansea University

"Rich in case studies illustrating applications of the law." - Dr Kirsten Davies, Senior Lecturer, Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University

"It offers students an excellent basis for further research." - Dr Aleksandra Cavoski, Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
The second edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources: www.oup.com/uk/fisher2e.
The online updates are collated by the authors, helping students stay well-informed.
The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks

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