Complies with, and is within, the law

“Ensuring environmental quality is a feature of all functioning democracies and thus all such democracies have environmental law.

But environmental problems are never solved by a statute or a court case. Legislation does not magic away waste. A court case will not ensure the enduring protection of endangered species.

What is needed is the ongoing management of complex environmental problems in a reasoned and legitimate way that both complies with, and is within, the law.

That is why environmental law is as much about environmental governance as environmental standards – it is about public institutions directing, regulating, authorising, guarding, and being responsible for environmental protection.”

M. Lee and L. Fisher, ‘Environmental Governance after the EU: The Need to Ensure Accountability’, Environment EU Ref Blog, Nov 2016 <;


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