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date: 26 October 2021

p. 515. Expanding legal imaginationlocked

p. 515. Expanding legal imaginationlocked

  • Elizabeth Fisher


The creation and operation of environmental law has forced lawyers to reflect upon and develop legal concepts, rules, and principles. This is because environmental law is not confined to the world of contract law in which two parties are legally bound by an agreement—an agreement that manages their legal expectations, obligations, and rights. Legal imagination is needed to develop law to respond to a world of multiple interconnected parties, scientific uncertainty, and socio-political conflict. ‘Expanding legal imagination’ discusses the growth of international environmental law; considers the differences between nuisance law and criminal law; and explains environmental impact assessments as well as legal standing and access to courts.

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