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The emerging age of ecological restoration law


Richardson, BJ, The emerging age of ecological restoration law, Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law, 25, (3) pp. 1-14. ISSN 2050-0386 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/reel.12165


This article challenges the dominant future orientation of environmental law by drawing attention to the need to consider past environmental losses and the role of restoration law. The article highlights some precedents in international and domestic law. So far, most examples of restoration governance in our legal systems should be described as ‘environmental’ restoration, addressing discrete contexts such as a pollution spill site or a former mine. The larger agenda of ecological restoration is in its infancy, but there are a handful of interesting legal innovations. Successful ecological restoration governance is a complex task that requires addressing four criteria: biological feasibility, social acceptability, financial viability and institutional tractability.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:environmental law, restoration law, restoration governance, ecological restoration
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in law and legal studies
UTAS Author:Richardson, BJ (Professor Benjamin Richardson)
ID Code:111417
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2016-09-13
Last Modified:2018-03-13

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