Environmental justice in the courts

Elizabeth Gross, Paul Stretesky

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The focus of this chapter is on environmental justice in the courts, which makes up only one small portion of the movement’s overall concerns and activities. More specifically, this chapter emphasizes corrective justice, or the role of contemporary U.S. courts in punishing environmental offenders and/or reversing environmental injustices. Prior to examining the way courts function with respect to environmental justice we briefly examine major federal environmental justice policies that attempt to direct environmental enforcement. We focus on federal environmental justice policy because this is the level of governance at which a significant amount of court activity has occurred.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFailed Promises: Evaluating the Federal Government’s Response to Environmental Justice
EditorsDavid Konisky
Place of PublicationCambridge, MA
PublisherThe MIT Press
Number of pages296
ISBN (Print)9780262527354
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2015


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