Environmental Assessment: The Regulation of Decision Making

Paperback | August 10, 2006

byJane Holder

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Environmental Assessment is an inherently interdisciplinary mechanism which is concerned with the input and quality of information about the likely effects of development upon the environment. It is a useful tool for examining aspects of the relationship between law, governance, and theregulation of decision making, which have been central to the development of environmental law. In this volume, the procedural mechanism of environmental assessment is analysed. The author argues that, notwithstanding its procedural nature, environmental assessment is highly material to the outcomeof a decision. A major focus of this analysis is the enhanced role of the developer in shaping the outcome of a decision by assuming responsibility for providing information on which a decision will be based, in accordance with a broader agenda of expanding the roles and responsibilities ofparticipants in environmental decision making. The author draws upon several contemporary projects as case studies of assessment: a global port, an offshore windfarm, a flood defence strategy, and a recreation centre. In analysing these sites of decision making from a legal perspective, the author touches upon the key determinants ofenvironmental assessment: discretion, the significance of environmental effects, alternative options, and participatory rights. Finally, the volume looks to the future development of environmental assessment: as an avenue for protest, and, alternatively, as a standardized component of internationalcontracts for development.

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Environmental Assessment is an inherently interdisciplinary mechanism which is concerned with the input and quality of information about the likely effects of development upon the environment. It is a useful tool for examining aspects of the relationship between law, governance, and theregulation of decision making, which have been cen...

Dr. Jane Holder is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Laws at University College London (UCL), where she has worked since 1992. She is Co-director of the centr of Law and the Environment and the Centre of Law and the European Union at the Faculty of Laws at UCL, and is a member of the board of the journal Social Legal Studi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.88 inPublished:August 10, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of CasesTable of LegislationAcknowledgementsPreface1. Introduction2. Tracking Environmental Assessment3. Prediction: Environmental Assessment as Science, Art, and Law4. Ecologization of Governance through Environmental Assessment5. Participation6. Regulation of Decision Making7. Protest8. Standardization9. ConclusionsBibliography

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`'Holder does not shirk [these] difficult questions; through an immpressively close examination of environmental assessment, Holder opens up some of the key dilemmas facing those concerned with the means by which we seek to protect the environment. This book is the type of wide ranging andimaginative legal scholarship that deserves the widest readership.''Maria Lee, Kings College London, Environmental Values