Introduction — Environmental Perspectives

  • John Alder
  • David Wilkinson
Part of the Macmillan Law Masters book series (MLM)


This chapter will introduce by way of background some basic issues that affect environmental law. We shall firstly outline some general ethical concerns. We shall then briefly introduce the notions of environment and pollution. We shall suggest possible relationships between law and ethics and sketch the evolution of environmental law. Finally we shall try to place the ethical issues against their political, social and economic background. In the following chapter we shall discuss particular ethical theories.


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Further Reading

  1. Ball, S. and Bell, S. (1997) Environmental Law: The Law and Policy Relating to the Protection of the Environment, 4th edn, chapter 1 (London: Blackstone Press).Google Scholar
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© John Alder and David Wilkinson 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Alder
    • 1
  • David Wilkinson
    • 2
  1. 1.Newcastle Law SchoolUniversity of NewcastleUK
  2. 2.School of LawKeele UniversityUK

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