Planning and Soft Law
(2017) 24 Australian Journal of Administrative Law, Forthcoming
21 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2017
Date Written: October 26, 2017
Complex regulatory systems are particularly in need of regulation capable of maintaining both high standards and consistency in decision-making. Soft law is frequently the mechanism of choice to achieve these ends, since it can be made and altered with relative ease but is nonetheless treated as though it were hard and enforceable ‘law’. The law around environmental planning decisions, although subject to detailed legislative control, makes extensive and predominantly effective use of soft law. However, the use of soft law always carries some risk and this is generally imposed asymmetrically upon individuals rather than public bodies. This article will consider these issues, taking account of several relevant cases.
Keywords: Planning Law, Soft Law, Administrative Law, Environmental Law
JEL Classification: K23, K32
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