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Beyond Minimum Harmonisation
Gold-Plating and Green-Plating of European Environmental Law

Part of Cambridge Studies in European Law and Policy

  • Date Published: May 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108481007


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  • This book explains the functioning of shared competences in environmental protection by focusing on member states' interaction with the EU framework. By studying this interaction, Squintani reveals room for improving the level of environmental protection, legal certainty, and efficiency of the system for environmental protection envisaged under the EU Treaties. Accordingly, this book makes a contribution to EU environmental law and policy, but also should be of interest to constitutional lawyers more generally and to scholars working in any field of EU policy and law in which minimum harmonisation is used. Thanks to its focus and clear, accessible prose, this book is also valuable additional reading material for environmental law courses, and to those involved in decision-making in the EU.

    • Proposes a deeper understanding of minimum harmonisation that will appeal to any generalist of EU law
    • Incorporates law and economic approaches to green-plating and gold-plating of European environmental law
    • Combines theory-building with many empirical examples that will appeal to environmental specialists and comparative lawyers
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108481007
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: minimum harmonisation in European environmental law
    1. Gold-plating: a misleading overarching concept
    2. Green-plating and environmental protection
    3. Green-plating and legal certainty
    4. Green-plating and economic development
    Conclusions: proceduralising member states' choice regarding green-plating.

  • Author

    Lorenzo Squintani, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands
    Lorenzo Squintani is Senior Lecturer in European and Economic Law at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands. He is founder and member of the managing board of the U4 Environmental Law Network and a member of the managing boards of the European Environmental Law Forum, and of the Journal for European Environmental and Planning Law. His research and teaching interests include EU substantive law and EU environmental and climate law and he has authored several publications in the area of European environmental and climate law. Dr Squintani regularly advises Dutch, European Union, and international institutions on environmental issues.

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