General Principles of European Environmental Law

Eric Engle


October 13, 2008

Pennsylvania State Environmental Law Rev. Vol. 17, pp. 215-224, 2009

This article outlines the general principles of European environmental law so that common law jurists can understand their potentials and limits as a means to protect the environment. Though general principles of law are important as a source or at least as a persuasive guide to law in civilian systems, these principles of law do not exist in the domestic law of common law states such as the U.S. except vestigially in the general principles used in equity proceedings (equitable maxims).

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Keywords: General principles, Polluter Pays Principle, Principle of Sustainability, Principle of Precaution, Source Principle, EU, EC, Treaty of Amsterdam, Rome Treaty, EC Treaty, EEC, European Community, European Union, Europe, International

JEL Classification: K33

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Date posted: October 15, 2008 ; Last revised: May 14, 2012

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Engle, Eric, General Principles of European Environmental Law (October 13, 2008). Pennsylvania State Environmental Law Rev. Vol. 17, pp. 215-224, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1283791

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