Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law
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Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law

Edited by Michael Faure

The Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law is a landmark reference work, providing definitive and comprehensive coverage of this dynamic field. The Encyclopedia is organised into 12 volumes around top-level subjects – such as water, energy and climate change – that reflect some of the most pressing issues facing us today. Each volume probes the key elements of law, the essential concepts, and the latest research through concise, structured entries written by international experts. Each entry includes an extensive bibliography as a starting point for further reading. The mix of authoritative commentary and insightful discussion will make this an essential tool for research and teaching, as well as a valuable resource for professionals and policymakers.
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Foreword to Volume II

Michael Faure

It is with great joy and pride that we are able to announce the publication of the second volume in the Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law on Decision Making in Environmental Law, edited by LeRoy C Paddock, Robert L Glicksman and Nicholas S Bryner. Volume II is an impressive 35-chapter volume dealing with many different aspects concerning environmental decision making. Almost all possible topics related to decision making in environmental law are dealt with in this volume. Some topics relate to more general issues such as environmental justice and global environmental constitutionalism; others are more focused, for example, on decision making concerning emission trading design or environmental planning. In line with the philosophy of the Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law most authors discuss the issues related to environmental decision making either at a rather conceptual or abstract level, or from a comparative perspective. This approach makes this volume attractive for a global readership interested generally in the trade-offs and issues that arise in worldwide environmental decision making. However, in particular, case examples from specific legal systems were presented, as they sharply showed some of the specific problems that may, and do arise in the area of environmental decision making. That is why some chapters focus, for example, on the law in the Unites States, and others on Brazil etc.

Of course, decision making in environmental law is an issue that is not merely limited to public, or for that matter administrative law. Important questions also arise concerning the role of the courts and other stakeholders in environmental decision making. That is why attention is equally paid to interactions between environmental decision making and tort law, but also to the role of international courts, and environmental courts and tribunals.

I am convinced that with this breadth of topics and the high-quality of the scholarship presented by the authors, this volume will provide a wealth of information for anyone interested in the fundamental question of how decisions in environmental law are made. This is truly such a principal question that we are happy that we can publish this volume as one of the first in the Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law. I congratulate the editors and the authors on this excellent achievement and hope that this outstanding book finds the readership that it deserves.

Michael Faure General Editor Encyclopedia of Environmental Law