Litigating for the Environment

EU Law, National Courts, and Socio-Legal Reality

  • Authors
  • Reinhard Slepcevic

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-14
  2. Reinhard Slepcevic
    Pages 15-19
  3. Reinhard Slepcevic
    Pages 31-47
  4. Reinhard Slepcevic
    Pages 49-57
  5. Reinhard Slepcevic
    Pages 59-70
  6. Reinhard Slepcevic
    Pages 71-132
  7. Reinhard Slepcevic
    Pages 133-174
  8. Reinhard Slepcevic
    Pages 175-220
  9. Reinhard Slepcevic
    Pages 221-232
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 233-244

About this book


The Natura 2000 Directives are the very cornerstone of European Union nature conservation policy which create a considerably stricter environmental protection regime than national laws do. The member states, however, have failed to implement the Directives even despite strong pressure from the European Commission. Reinhard Slepcevic shows how French, German, and Dutch environmental organisations try to enforce the Directives through national courts, though with varied success. The author explains the situation by arguing that it will only be possible to enforce EU law effectively through litigation under particular conditions. The consequences, not only for private judicial law enforcement but also for European integration and democratic governance, are significant.

This book is essential reading for researchers and students from the social sciences, in particular sociology and political science, as well as for practitioners in the field of environmental protection.


Deutschland Europe Frankreich Gerichtliche Rechtsreduzierung Natura 2000 Niederlande Political Science Umweltrecht, europäisches environment

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, Wiesbaden 2010
  • Publisher Name VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-531-16842-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-531-91999-7
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