Environmental Law

Text, Cases & Materials

Second Edition

Elizabeth Fisher, Bettina Lange, Eloise Scotford

Environmental Law

Text, Cases & Materials

Second Edition

Elizabeth Fisher, Bettina Lange, Eloise Scotford






6 Jun 2019


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Environmental Law: Text, Cases, and Materials has been designed to provide students with everything they need to approach the subject with confidence. Experts in the area, the authors combine clear and insightful commentary with carefully chosen extracts from UK and international sources to offer students a well-rounded view of the subject area.

Covering a broad range of topics, the authors introduce discussion on controversies and debates and encourage readers to engage in critical reflection by posing regular discussion questions throughout the text. Further reading suggestions point students towards useful resources, guiding their independent research.


  • Comprehensive updating of material and restructuring of chapters to reflect legal developments and to keep a focus on critical analysis, for example, new chapters have been dedicated to climate change law and air quality law
  • Changes in this new edition capture the cutting edge of scholarship in this very dynamic area of law, including discussion on the Paris Agreement and the ClientEarth litigation
  • Contents of pollution control chapters have been revised, discussing developments in flood and drought law
  • An engagement with the themes raised by Brexit in relation to environmental law


  • Provides detailed discussion of key cases, drawing together extracts from leading judgments, responses to controversial decisions, and the authors' own opinion to create a well-rounded account of the subject
  • Includes chapter conclusions and further reading suggestions to help student distil the essential issues and to support their independent study in preparation for assessments
  • Discussion questions throughout the text, encouraging students to think analytically about key issues

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Part I: The Basics

1. What is environmental law?

2. Understanding environmental problems

Part II: Legal Themes and Concepts

3. Private law

4. Public law

5. Criminal liability

6. Statutory liabilities and remedies

7. Courts

8. Principle and policy

9. Regulatory strategy

Part III: Legal Cultures

10. Environmental law in the legal culture of the United Kingdom

11. European Union environmental law

12. International environmental law

Part IV: Pollution Control

13. Pollution control permitting

14. Integrated pollution control

15. Water pollution

16. Waste regulation

17. Air quality law

18. Climate change law

Part V: Environmental Law and Environmental Protection

19. Planning law

20. Environmental impact assessment

21. Nature conservation


Elizabeth Fisher – Professor of Environmental Law, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford

Bettina Lange – Associate Professor of Law and Regulation, University of Oxford

Eloise Scotford – Professor of Environmental Law, University College London

Student Resources

This book is accompanied by online updates collated by the authors, helping students to stay well-informed.


"This book is a great resource drawing on an excellent breadth of source material." - Prof Karen Morrow, Professor of Environmental Law, Swansea University

"Rich in case studies illustrating applications of the law." - Dr Kirsten Davies, Senior Lecturer, Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University

"It offers students an excellent basis for further research." - Dr Aleksandra Cavoski, Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham