9 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2008 Last revised: 14 May 2012
Date Written: October 13, 2008
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).
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
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1283791