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What Ever Happened to Canadian Environmental Law?


Richardson, BJ and Wood, S and Tanner, G, What Ever Happened to Canadian Environmental Law?, Ecology Law Quarterly, 37, (4) pp. 981-1040. ISSN 0046-1121 (2011) [Refereed Article]


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Published as Wood, Stepan & Tanner, Georgia & J. Richardson, Benjamin. What Ever Happened to Canadian Environmental Law?. Ecology Law Quarterly. 37. 981-1040. 2010 by the Regents of the University of California.

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This Article examines the history of Canadian environmental law in order to explain why it has become a laggard in both legal reform and environmental performance. Canadian environmental law has long been of interest to scholars worldwide, yet its record is often poorly understood. The Article contrasts recent developments with the seemingly progressive initiatives of the 1970s, and analyzes these trends in light of their political, economic and governance context, as well as the wider critiques of environmental law. It argues that there is considerable room for Canadian governments to adopt more robust methods of environmental law, including following pioneering reforms advanced in other countries. However, even with such steps, further environmental degradation might not be averted unless Canadians are prepared to accept more fundamental changes to their economic systems and social values.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Canada, environmental law, instrument choice, economic instruments, political economy, policy frameworks
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Richardson, BJ (Professor Benjamin Richardson)
ID Code:91836
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2014-05-30
Last Modified:2018-03-08
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