Environmental Crimes

CRIMINAL LAW AND ECONOMICS, N. Garoupa, ed., pp. 320-345, Cheltenham, 2009

27 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2009

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Michael G. Faure

University of Maastricht - Faculty of Law, Metro; Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Law

Date Written: November 2, 2009

Abstract

This chapter deals with the application of economic theories of criminal law to environmental pollution. The chapter starts by addressing why environmental pollution needs to be enforced at all by using the criminal law. Attention is also paid to the question whether in certain circumstances administrative rather than criminal law could be used to enforce environmental regulation. Optimal sanctions for environmental crime are discussed as well as problems arising in case of corporate environmental crime. The effectiveness of environmental criminal law is generally addressed as well as the consequences of various possible enforcement strategies.

Keywords: environmental law, criminal law, administrative sanctions, detection right, deterrence strategy, cooperative strategy, corporate environmental crime, enforcement strategies

JEL Classification: K14, K32, K42

Suggested Citation

Faure, Michael G., Environmental Crimes (November 2, 2009). CRIMINAL LAW AND ECONOMICS, N. Garoupa, ed., pp. 320-345, Cheltenham, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1498471

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