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Friday, December 20, 2013
Four decades of US environmental law
Two articles by Denis Binder reflect on environmental law in the US since around 1970. "Perspectives on 40 Years of Environmental Law" examines some of the causes of the outburst of legal activity in the field after 1970, as well as several key judicial doctrines, legal theories, and more. "Looking Back to the Future: The Curmudgeon's Guide to the Future of Environmental Law" is a wide-ranging survey of environmental lawmaking by American legislatures and courts, from the beginning of European settlement in North America. It covers many legal developments not typically mentioned in historical surveys of environmental law, such as the Submerged Lands Act of 1953 and the Swamp Land Acts of the mid-19th century.