Environmental Justice in the UK: Uncertainty, Ambiguity and the Law

31 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2011

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Ole W. Pedersen

Newcastle University - Newcastle Law School

Date Written: June 28, 2011


This paper examines the concept of environmental justice with particular reference to its development in the UK. The paper analyses the empirical evidence behind environmental justice and argues that while the body of evidence is compelling it simultaneously highlights a number of limitations. Moreover, the paper offers an analysis of the multiple responses taken at official and NGO levels to environmental justice. The paper argues that often these responses are vague and diverse, and run the risk of rendering environmental justice as a concept, ineffective. Finally, the paper discusses what role the law may be able to play in shaping environmental justice debates in the UK.

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Pedersen, Ole Windahl, Environmental Justice in the UK: Uncertainty, Ambiguity and the Law (June 28, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1873991 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1873991

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