Thursday, September 29, 2005

New Book Note - Making Law Work

New Book Note

Making Law Work: Environmental Compliance & Sustainable Development (Cameron May, 2005).  

Making Law Work is a two-volume compilation of ideas, research, scholarship, and resources relevant to environmental compliance and enforcement -- required reading for anyone committed to improving environmental governance and making sustainable development a reality. 

Making Law Work also three exciting and empowering developments in environmental governance and sustainable development: the development of indicators; the rise of transgovernmental networks; and the “Porter hypothesis” demonstrating that compliance often can be profitable.


Making Law Work bridges the divide between theory and practice and between scholar and practitioner, drawing on expertise from a variety of fields to produce a ground-breaking resource. Klaus Toepfer, the United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director, praises the book’s “empowering ideas for action.”
Making Law Work identifies emerging trends and new concepts, such as:

  • Analyzing   the complex   interrelationships among concepts of compliance, rule of law, good   governance, and sustainable development;  
  • Developing   transgovernmental networks,   an emerging form of global governance that allows regulators to share experiences   and innovative strategies   with colleagues from across the world;  
  • Using data-driven   systems and indicators   to instill greater empirical rigor   in monitoring regulated entities and pursuing enforcement   actions;  
  • Incorporating the “Porter   Hypothesis” in regulatory regimes, which allows industries to save money   and even increase   profits through “innovation offsets;”  
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    Applying   theories that explain the motivations   behind individual   and firm-wide decisions to comply (or not comply) with   environmental laws in order to craft more effective and efficient   regulatory regimes;


Making Law Work incorporates original articles by leading practitioners, including: K. Madhava Sarma, the former head of the Montreal Protocol Secretariat; Elizabeth Mrema and Carl Bruch of UNEP; Romina Picolotti, founder of the Center for Human Rights & Environment in Argentina; and David Hunter of American University’s Washington College of Law.  

Visit to read selected excerpts from Making Law Work and to order this book.

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