Aspen Publishing

Environmental Law: A Conceptual and Pragmatic Approach, Third Edition

David Driesen, Robert Adler, Kirstin Engel


  • ISBN: 9781454870012

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    Environmental Law: A Conceptual and Pragmatic Approach, 3E organizes its presentation of environmental law around key concepts rather than around statutes, an approach that provides coherence to the study of Environmental Law. In addition, it also orients students in a way that will allow them to become effective practitioners, well acquainted with the central recurring problems in the field. Though the book focuses primarily on pollution control law, it does include a chapter on environmental restoration as well as some treatment of NEPA and the ESA. The book’s numerous problems involving global climate disruption give students the opportunity to practice applying the book’s concepts and particular statutory provisions to the most important contemporary issue, while allowing them to understand how a single scientific problem can implicate numerous statutes.

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    Page Count 654
    Published 01/29/2016
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    Detailed Table of Contents (PDF Download)


    Chapter 1.  The Nature of Environmental Problems 
    Chapter 2.  Common Law Solutions 
    Chapter 3.  From Common Law to Administrative Law 
    Chapter 4.  Effects-Based Standards 
    Chapter 5.  Technology-Based Standard Setting 
    Chapter 6.  Cost-Benefit Approaches 
    Chapter 7.  Traditional Regulation 
    Chapter 8.  Economic Incentives 
    Chapter 9.  Information-Based Approaches 
    Chapter 10. Moving Upstream: Pollution Prevention and Recycling 
    Chapter 11. Environmental Restoration
    Chapter 12. Private Cleanup Responsibility 
    Chapter 13. Allocation of Government Responsibility 
    Chapter 14. Detecting Violations: Permitting, Monitoring, 
    Chapter 15. Government Enforcement 
    Chapter 16. Citizen Enforcement 

    Table of Cases 

  • Author Information

    David Driesen

    David Driesen writes frequently about the law and economics of environmental protection. His book, The Economic Dynamics of Environmental Law, (MIT Press 2003) has won the Lynton Keith Caldwell Award.

    Professor Driesen teaches environmental law (domestic and international) and constitutional law. His publications include ''Is Cost-Benefit Analysis Neutral?'' (Colorado Law Review 2006), ''Standing for Nothing: The Paradox of Demanding Concrete Context for Formalist Adjudication'' (Cornell Law Review 2004), ''What is Free Trade?: The Real Issue Lurking Behind the Trade and Environment Debate'' (Virginia Journal of International Law 2001), ''Is Emissions Trading an Economic Incentive Program?: Replacing the Command and Control/Economic Incentive Dichotomy'' (Washington & Lee Law Review 1998), and ''The Societal Cost of Environmental Regulation: Beyond Administrative Cost-Benefit Analysis'' (Ecology Law Quarterly 1997). Professor Driesen currently teaches at Syracus University College of Law. He came to Syracuse from the Natural Resources Defense Council, a national public interest environmental organization.

    Kirstin Engel

    Kirstin Engel is a member of the faculty at the University of Arizona College of Law.

    Robert W. Adler

    As the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and James I. Farr Chair in Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, Robert Adler's goal is ''to stimulate more interdisciplinary work in this increasingly global world … [and] to prepare students for that world, an environment that changes almost continuously, and which demands skills that go far beyond what has been traditionally taught in law schools.'' As a scholar, Adler urges a broader, more holistic approach to the restoration and protection of aquatic and other ecosystems than is used in traditional environmental laws alone, which focus on discrete kinds of environmental harm. After completing a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University (1977) and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center (1980 cum laude), Adler practiced environmental law for 15 years. He has published dozens of articles and reports in law, policy and science journals including Vanderbilt Law Review, Harvard Environmental Law Review, Utah Law Review, and George Washington Law Review, and a book on the history and impact of the Clean Water Act. He will publish two books in 2007, Environmental Law: A Conceptual and Pragmatic Approach (with David Driesen, Aspen Publishers) and Restoring Colorado River Ecosystems: A Troubled Sense of Immensity (Island Press). He regularly teaches courses in civil procedure and environmental law, and is currently co-designing an interdisciplinary course called ''Environmental Law and Engineering,'' in which law students and environmental engineering graduate students will work together on real-world environmental problems in Utah. Adler loves to spend time in Utah's outdoors, and in 2005 completed the Wasatch Front 100-mile trail race through Utah's beautiful Wasatch Mountains.

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