Environmental Justice and Environmental Law
University of San Francisco - School of Law
24 Fordham Environmental Law Review 149 (2013)
Univ. of San Francisco Law Research Paper No. 2013-31
This essay, prepared for the Fordham Environmental Law Review’s 20th Anniversary edition marking key developments in environmental law, addresses the past and future of environmental justice. From a historical perspective, it analyzes the central features of the environmental justice movement, its strengths and weaknesses in influencing environmental law, and the systemic reasons why environmental justice has struggled for influence in environmental policy. Looking forward, the essay focuses on how the environmental justice movement can contribute to the future of environmental law. Amplifying the voices of many environmental justice scholars, it argues that the environmental justice movement and its sister movement, environmental sustainability, offer visionary, comprehensive, and inclusive paths forward that could increase the environmental movement’s breadth and political strength.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 32
Keywords: environmental justice, environmental movement, environmental law
JEL Classification: K32
Date posted: July 16, 2013 ; Last revised: October 23, 2013
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