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Environmental Law

5th edition




Publication date

13 February, 2019



Page extent




Essentials of Canadian Law

AUD $88.00 gst included

SKU: 9781552215036 Categories: ,

Product Description

While continuing to provide a comprehensive introductory guide to environmental law in Canada, this fifth edition of Environmental Law incorporates discussion of recent developments in environmental litigation and regulation alongside reference to key statutory developments from the past half decade. In addition, important updates and revisions highlight significant developments in several central areas, notably federal and provincial climate change action following the 2015 Paris Agreement and issues associated with Aboriginal consultation, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and traditional environmental knowledge. Essential developments relating to human rights and the environment at both the national and international levels have been included alongside discussion of changes in environmental valuation and compensation, liability for spills and remediation, and polluter-pays jurisprudence. Recent judicial and administrative decisions affecting environmental assessment and involving NAFTA prior to the 2018 round of Canada-US-Mexico negotiations are also covered. Chapters on toxic substances, protected areas, endangered species, and economic incentives for environmental protection also reflect current legal activity and policy proposals.

Foreword to the First Edition



1. Basic Concepts in Environmental Law

2. The Constitutional Allocation of Environmental Responsibilities and Interjurisdictional Coordination

3. Environmental Rights

4. The International Context of Canadian Environmental Law

5. Civil Liability for Environmental Harm

6. Environmental Regulations and Approvals

7. Administrative Compliance Mechanisms

8. Offences, Prosecution, and Penalties

9. Corporate Environmental Obligations and Directors’ and Officers’ Liability

10. Environmental Valuation and Compensation

11. Remediation and Restoration of Contaminated Lands

12. Environmental Assessment

13. Toxic Substances

14. Protected Areas and Endangered Species

15. Environmental Law and the Citizen

16. Consultation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Voluntary Measures

17. Economic Instruments

18. Climate Change: Canadian Legal and Policy Responses

19. Environmental Reporting and Information Sources


Appendix: Websites

Table of Cases


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