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Green lawfare: environmental public interest litigation and mediatized environmental conflict


Konkes, C, Green lawfare: environmental public interest litigation and mediatized environmental conflict, Environmental Communication, 12, (2) pp. 191-203. ISSN 1752-4032 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/17524032.2017.1371054


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 organizations, such as the mediatized 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 mobilization 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 "mediatized visibility" inherent in public interest litigation is an important, but mostly overlooked, element of mediatized environmental conflict.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Environmental activism, journalism, mediatized conflict, environmental law, climate change
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Media studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:The media
UTAS Author:Konkes, C (Dr Claire Konkes)
ID Code:121239
Year Published:2018 (online first 2017)
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-09-19
Last Modified:2018-07-12

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