Environmental Groups and Legal Expertise

Shaping the Brexit process

Carolyn Abbot and Maria Lee

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ISBN: 9781787358591

Publication: March 04, 2021

Environmental Groups and Legal Expertise explores the use and understanding of law and legal expertise by environmental groups. Rather than the usual focus on the court room, it scrutinises environmental NGO advocacy during the extraordinarily dramatic Brexit process, from the referendum on leaving the EU in June 2016 to the debate around the new Environment Bill in the first half of 2020.

There is generally a weak understanding of both the complexity and the potential of legal expertise in the environmental NGO community. Legal expertise can be more than a tool for campaigners, and more than litigation: it provides distinctive ways of both seeing the world and changing the world. The available legal resource in the sector is not just a practical limit on what can be done, but spills into the very understanding of what should be done, and what resource is needed. Mutually reinforcing links between capacity, understanding, culture and investment affect legal expertise across the board.

There are, however, pockets of sophisticated legal expertise in the community, and legal expertise was heavily and often effectively used in the anomalously law-heavy Brexit-environment debate. The ability to call on thinly spread legal expertise in a crisis was in part due to effective NGO collaboration around Brexit-environment.

Carolyn Abbot is Senior Lecturer in the Law Department at the University of Manchester. Maria Lee is Professor in the Faculty of Laws at UCL. They have been teaching and researching environmental law, decision-making and participation in environmental matters, together and separately, for many years.

Table of legislation and draft legislation
Table of cases
List of abbreviations
Executive summaries

1. Law and legal expertise for Brexit-environment: scope, meaning and method
2. NGOs, lobbying and legal mobilisation
3. Brexit and the journey to the Environment Act – interrupted
4. Law and legal expertise
5. Mobilising law in practice
6. Lobbying in coalition
7. Greener UK: influence and collaboration
8. Conclusions



Format: Paperback

Size: 234 × 156 mm

224 Pages

1 B&W illustration

Copyright: © 2021

ISBN: 9781787358591

Publication: March 04, 2021

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