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Environmental Law and Economics

  • Klaus Mathis
  • Bruce R. Huber

Part of the Economic Analysis of Law in European Legal Scholarship book series (EALELS, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Bruce R. Huber
      Pages 43-57
    3. Sebastian Heselhaus
      Pages 59-81
    4. Malte-Christian Gruber
      Pages 107-121
  3. Sustainable Regulation

  4. Climate Change

About this book


This anthology discusses important issues surrounding environmental law and economics and provides an in-depth analysis of its use in legislation, regulation and legal adjudication from a neoclassical and behavioural law and economics perspective.

Environmental issues raise a vast range of legal questions: to what extent is it justifiable to rely on markets and continued technological innovation, especially as it relates to present exploitation of scarce resources? Or is it necessary for the state to intervene? Regulatory instruments are available to create and maintain a more sustainable society: command and control regulations, restraints, Pigovian taxes, emission certificates, nudging policies, etc. If regulation in a certain legal field is necessary, which policies and methods will most effectively spur sustainable consumption and production in order to protect the environment while mitigating any potential negative impact on economic development? Since the related problems are often caused by scarcity of resources, economic analysis of law can offer remarkable insights for their resolution.

Part I underlines the foundations of environmental law and economics. Part II analyses the effectiveness of economic instruments and regulations in environmental law. Part III is dedicated to the problems of climate change. Finally, Part IV focuses on tort and criminal law. The twenty-one chapters in this volume deliver insights into the multifaceted debate surrounding the use of economic instruments in environmental regulation in Europe.


Energy Law Environmental Law Law and Economics Environmental Crisis Sustainable Development Climate Change Rebound Effect Energy Mix Nuclear Energy Fossil Energy Sustainable Development and Regulation Singapore on Environment and Economics Behavioural Law and Economics Environmental Regulation Energy-Efficient Appliances incentives and regulations Regulatory Instruments for a Circular Economy WTO Rules and Climate Change Climate Change, Environmental Damage and Migration Economic Analysis of Solar Climate Engineering Field Research

Editors and affiliations

  • Klaus Mathis
    • 1
  • Bruce R. Huber
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of LucerneLucerneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Notre Dame Law SchoolUniversity of Notre DameNotre DameUSA

About the editors

Klaus Mathis is full professor for Public Law, Law of the Sustainable Economy and Philosophy of Law at the University of Lucerne. He is the co-founder of the Center for Law and Sustainability (CLS) and vice-president of the research commission of the University of Lucerne. Furthermore he is member of the evaluation commission “Ambizione” of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). 

Bruce Huber teaches and conducts research in the areas of environmental law, natural resources law, property, and energy law. His particular areas of expertise include energy regulation, public land and resource management, and the interaction between law and politics. His scholarship in these fields has been published in such journals as the California Law Review, the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and The Georgetown Law Journal.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Environmental Law and Economics
  • Editors Klaus Mathis
    Bruce R. Huber
  • Series Title Economic Analysis of Law in European Legal Scholarship
  • Series Abbreviated Title Econ. Anal. La. Europ. Le. Schol.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology Law and Criminology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-50931-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-84526-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-50932-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 534
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Fundamentals of Law
    Environmental Law/Policy/Ecojustice
    Business Law
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