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Irresolute Clay

Shaping the Foundations of Modern Environmental Law

By: Richard Macrory
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Published: 30-04-2020
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 200
ISBN: 9781509928118
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP : £25.00
 

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About Irresolute Clay

At a time of profound change and rethinking, this book provides insights into how environmental law in the UK has developed into its current form, and considers challenges it will face in the future. Irresolute Clay is not a legal history or textbook, nor a conventional set of legal memoirs. Instead it offers a personal account of the inside stories as experienced by one of the key architects of contemporary environmental law. Taking a thematic approach, it charts fundamental tenets of the subject (such as environmental sanctions, the European dimension, developing the academic discipline of environmental law, and environmental courts and tribunals), from the beginnings of the modern environmental law era in the 1970s to the present day.

Table Of Contents

1. Early Legal Environmental Activism
2. The Windscale Inquiry
3. The Emergence of Environmental Lawyers in the UK
4. Environmental Law as an Academic Discipline: Early Sparks
5. Practising Environmental Law as a Barrister
6. Influencing Public Policy: Parliamentary Select Committees
7. A National Environmental Agency
8. Academic Environmental Law Comes of Age
9. Swirling Worlds: The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution
10. Environmental Courts and Tribunals
11. Reforming Regulatory Sanctions
12. The European Dimension
13. Brexit and Environmental Law

Reviews

“An illuminating and empathetic account of a formative era in British environmental law by one of the founding fathers of the subject.” –  Liz Fisher, Professor of Environmental Law, University of Oxford

“Environmental law supremo ... The tone is moderate. The mixture is dizzying.” –  Richard Gordon QC, Brick Court Chambers

“Institutional memory is notoriously lacking among policy makers – ministerial and official – in Whitehall. So, as the UK gets ready to “take back control” of environmental law from the EU, Richard Macrory provides invaluable insights into how that law developed.” –  Jill Rutter, Institute for Government

“Magisterial and magnificent, the father of environmental law in the UK on its making.” –  Philippe Sands QC, Professor of Law, University College London

“This book tells from Richard's unique perspective through first hand accounts the history of modern environmental law as it grew to become a respected discipline. Few if any people have had quite such a lasting influence on environmental law. Politicians come and go but Richard has remained a resilient shaping influence.” –  Peter Kellett, Director of Legal Services, Environment Agency England, UKELA e-law

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