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Environmental Laws and Sustainability: An Introduction


John C. Dernbach


Widener University - School of Law

Joel A. Mintz


Nova Southeastern University

April 1, 2011

Sustainability, Vol. 3, p. 531, 2011
Widener Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-14

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This is an introduction to the special issue on environmental laws and sustainability of the on-line peer review journal, Sustainability. In this introduction, we attempt to synthesize key lessons from the issue’s ten substantive articles. These lessons involve the use of law to achieve integrated decision-making, the use of pre-existing laws to foster sustainability, the centrality of sub-national governments in achieving sustainability, the background law of unsustainable development, the growing importance of climate change, the need to use law to protect and restore ecological integrity, the importance of judicial review and nongovernmental organizations, the need to translate sustainability into specific legal principles, the challenge of creating an appropriate national legal structure for sustainability, the importance of sustainability assessment tools and institutions before and after laws are adopted, and the importance of “soft” law.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 11

Keywords: Environmental Law, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Integrated Decision-Making, Law For Sustainability, Governance, Law, Legal Institution

JEL Classification: K10, K32, K33, Q01

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Date posted: April 2, 2011 ; Last revised: April 12, 2013

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Dernbach, John C. and Mintz, Joel A., Environmental Laws and Sustainability: An Introduction (April 1, 2011). Sustainability, Vol. 3, p. 531, 2011; Widener Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-14. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1800855

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John C. Dernbach (Contact Author)
Widener University - School of Law ( email )
3800 Vartan Way
P.O. Box 69382
Harrisburg, PA 17106-9382
United States
717-541-1933 (Phone)
Joel A. Mintz
Nova Southeastern University ( email )
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314
United States
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