Environmental Law

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Environmental Law

Put simply, environmental law is the legal field concerning the protection of health, the environment and the use of natural resources. This includes rules and procedures concerning pollution of soil and water, conditions for industrial activities, exploitation of natural resources, protection of sensitive environments and biodiversity, and legal controls on the handling of chemicals and waste.

There is no sharp divide as to what “is” environmental law; hence legal issues such as animal welfare, food security and occupational safety are close to the topics of environmental law. As a discipline, Environmental Law has only existed for a few, even though legal rules and legal disputes concerning natural resources have of course long existed.

Today, there exists a host of specific principles of environmental law, but this field also embraces elements of private law, administrative law, penal law, procedural law, EU law and public international law. Research on environmental law at Stockholm University has been characterised by international, European, (EU), and comparative perspectives. Current research at the Department of Law concerns, inter alia, the possibilities for individuals and NGOs to take part in environmental decision-making, liability and insurance for environmental damage, the liability of transnational corporations for environmental harm, the preservation and protection of global commons, and legal control of international trade in hazardous chemicals.


Jaan Paju
Director of Doctoral Studies
Phone: 08-16 32 07
e-mail: jaan.paju@juridicum.su.se

Teresa Simon Almendal
Vice Dean / Chairman of the Research Committee
Phone: 08-16 23 67
e-mail: teresa.simon-almendal@juridicum.su.se

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