Thursday, September 29, 2005
New Book Note
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.
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;”
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;
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 http://www.inece.org/makinglawwork.html to read selected excerpts from Making Law Work and to order this book.