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The Real Loopholes in Environmental Law

The loopholes in environmental law are not so much the result of the
insufficient number of legal documents as of their inefficiency. This
inefficiency is due as much to the fact that they are not implemented
as to a basic weakness with regards to other branches of the law. At
the national level, the multiplication of documents − a source of discretionary
and sometimes arbitrary power −, the inappropriateness
of jurisdictional procedures for environmental law, the rules of the
burden of proof which make the situation of victims highly unequal
and unfair, and the ambiguous role of public authorities all contribute
to the fact that environmental law remains a minor law in its criminal
and civil branches, and is rather inefficient in its administrative
branch. In the absence of criminal charge, the law of liability, which
should be the most efficient tool, is hampered by a number of derogatory
common law regimes that have allowed the repetition of scandals
such as Metal Europe. At the international level, the lack of world
governance and of juridictional penalty attached to the Multilateral
Conventions on the Environment means that environmental law
remains a highly virtual reality.


Référence électonique : Corinne LEPAGE, "The Real Loopholes in Environmental Law", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°127, 127 - Droit et environnement, p.123-133 . Consulté le 2019-09-17 10:39:36 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/The-Real-Loopholes-in.html