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Environmental Principles: From Political Slogans to Legal Rules

Nicolas de Sadeleer


This book traces the evolution of environmental principles from their origins as vague political slogans reflecting fears about environmental hazards to their embodiment in enforceable laws. Since the early 1970s environmental issues have taken on an ever increasing profile. This has been due in part to a fundamental change in the type and scale of risk posed by industry. Issues such as global warming, GM food, and mad cow disease typify the new kinds of risk: potentially catastrophic consequences could ensue yet there is no scientific agreement over their precise causation, duration and other ... More

Keywords: environmental principles, environmental issues, environmental law, polluter-pays principle, preventative principle, precautionary principle, science, political values, ethical values

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Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199254743
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199254743.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicolas de Sadeleer, author
Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis, Brussels

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