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Green lawfare: Environmental public interest litigation and mediatised environmental conflict

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Konkes, C, Green lawfare: Environmental public interest litigation and mediatised environmental conflict, Environmental Communication ISSN 1752-4032 (In Press) [Refereed Article]

Abstract

Communication strategies involving news media and environmental groups are well documented and research into protest politics and other forms of environmental communication has made considerable progress in the analysis of the strategies that various actors use to influence environmental policy. There is less scholarship, however, on the journalistic representation of the legal strategies employed by environmental non-government organisations (ENGOs), such as the mediatised debates about the use of law by these groups and the laws themselves. Further, while legal scholarship observes the role of public interest litigation in environmental matters, the role of news media as an influential force in public opinion formation and mobilisation in the context of environmental litigation as an activist strategy remains less understood. Using the 2015 "green lawfare" debate in Australia that followed a successful Australian Federal Court challenge to a coalmine, this paper `argues that the "mediatised visibility" inherent in public interest litigation is an important, but mostly overlooked, element of mediatised environmental conflict.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Environmental activism, journalism, mediatized conflict, environmental law, climate change.
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Other Law and Legal Studies
Research Field:Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:The Media
Author:Konkes, C (Dr Claire Konkes)
ID Code:116042
Year Published:In Press
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-04-28
Last Modified:2017-05-11
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