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by Thomas M Hoban,Richard O Brooks

Do trees have legal rights? What risks to the environment should we legally try to control or prevent? In this updated edition of Green Justice, the authors further explore the interrelationship between the legal system and the environment, using key environmental law cases (over half of which are new selections) on such topics as population and biodiversity—and as recent as 1990. The authors' liberal arts approach leads to a wide spectrum of related topics: the history of the common law, the political science of administrative agencies, our obligation to future generations, and the ecology of species extinction.With the help of explanatory introductions, study questions, and references to relevant literature, students are challenged to determine for themselves how the cases should have been decided and how they link up to broader issues. This accessible text is ideal for undergraduate courses in environmental law and environmental policy as well as nonlaw graduate courses in planning or public administration.
Download Green Justice: The Environment And The Courts, Second Edition epub
ISBN: 0813326036
ISBN13: 978-0813326030
Category: Law
Subcategory: Rules & Procedures
Author: Thomas M Hoban,Richard O Brooks
Language: English
Publisher: Westview Press; 2 edition (August 9, 1996)
Pages: 272 pages
ePUB size: 1655 kb
FB2 size: 1159 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 442
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I had to take a course in environmental law and dreaded the thought of it, but the combination of an exuberant professor and this book made the class pretty good. Book seemed to do a good job at explaining core concepts and was thorough but not way to overly dry.
This book was originally published in 1987 and updated in 1996, and authored by two attorneys. It is probably targeted at the vast college market for lower division courses, where the instructor doesn't critically evaluate texts. The book is built around legal cases, usually Supreme Court cases but occasionally state court cases, that the authors use to illustrate a particular theme. However, the choice of case frequently fails to clearly illuminate the point, and the authors have a tendency to offer their opinions as conclusions without clearly identifying them as such. The book is strongest where the authors focus on their expertise - law; and weakest where they wander off into policy and philosophical issues. In particular, the authors seem ill equiped to address the broad policy and philosophical issues which they want to make the focus of this book. I can't really recommend this book to any audience. There are much better texts for discussions of environmental law, whether for students, laypersons or serious students of policy. Also, there are much better policy and philosophy texts for all levels.
I could not disagree more with the negative review. I looked at many text books for teaching an undergraduate course in environmental law, and found this to be the best. I like it because it uses the "casebook" approach, which is good for teaching an undergraduate class in the style of law school. I like it better than "Environmental Law for Non-Lawyers" because it is more case-focused rather than focused on broad matters of policy. I found it even handed and did not find it to present opinion as fact as the other reviewer thought.