4th edition (New edition)

Environmental Law 4/e


Of serious and persistent concern to most Canadians, environmental protection is governed by a complex and controversial legal regime that is affected by constitutional division of jurisdiction, corporate and taxation laws, international trade law, and traditional private law doctrines such as torts and contract law. Statutes and regulations that are specifically designed to protect the environment, and the institutional frameworks within which they operate, are often the subject of competing political agendas.

Within the continuing framework of a comprehensive introductory guide to environmental law in Canada, the fourth edition describes recent developments in civil litigation or regulation of air and water quality alongside reference to key statutory developments from the past five years. Significant changes to environmental law at the federal level in connection with fisheries, environmental assessment, penalties and enforcement measures are highlighted, together with information on important judicial decisions respecting sentencing, public participation, aboriginal consultation, and the status of environmental liabilities in bankruptcy proceedings. The fourth edition provides guidance on analysis and developments associated with prominent environmental institutions and agreements including the Commissioner for Environment and Sustainable Development and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Significant developments at the international level respecting climate law and biodiversity protection are also discussed.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Basic Concepts in Environmental Law
Chapter 2: The Constitutional Allocation of Environmental Responsibilities and Interjurisdictional Coordination
Chapter 3: Environmental Rights
Chapter 4: The International Context of Canadian Environmental Law
Chapter 5: Civil Liability for Environmental Harm
Chapter 6: Environmental Regulations and Approvals
Chapter 7: Administrative Compliance Mechanisms
Chapter 8: Offences, Prosecution, and Penalties
Chapter 9: Corporate Environmental Obligations and Directors’ and Officers’ Liability
Chapter 10: Environmental Valuation and Compensation
Chapter 11: Remediation and Restoration of Contaminated Lands
Chapter 12: Environmental Assessment
Chapter 13: Toxic Substances
Chapter 14: Endangered Spaces and Species
Chapter 15: Environmental Law and the Citizen
Chapter 16: Consultation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Voluntary Measures
Chapter 17: Economic Instruments
Chapter 18: Environmental Reporting and Information Sources
Chapter 19: Climate Change: Canadian Legal and Policy Responses

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