Environmental Justice and Environmental Law

24 Fordham Environmental Law Review 149 (2013)

Univ. of San Francisco Law Research Paper No. 2013-31

32 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2013 Last revised: 23 Oct 2013

Alice Kaswan

University of San Francisco - School of Law

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

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.

Keywords: environmental justice, environmental movement, environmental law

JEL Classification: K32

Suggested Citation

Kaswan, Alice, Environmental Justice and Environmental Law (2013). 24 Fordham Environmental Law Review 149 (2013); Univ. of San Francisco Law Research Paper No. 2013-31. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2294187

Alice Kaswan (Contact Author)

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