Environmental rules versus standards for developing countries; learning from Schafer

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Many efforts have been made in the past years to develop an effective environmental law, also for developing countries. Nevertheless, it is not difficult to point at serious problems with environmental law in those developing countries. Problems that have been described in the literature relate both to weaknesses at the normative level (ineffectiveness of regulation) as well as to the well-known enforcement deficits. Implementation problems in environmental law in developing countries have also been studied for many years and many point in this respect at corruption problems as one important source of an enforcement deficit.1 it is to some extent striking that in some developing countries environmental law seems to be promulgated of which it can be predicted ex ante that the material contents will give rise to enforcement problems. In this respect, one can equally often notice that legislation comes into being that seems less fit for the specific situation of developing countries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternationalization of the Law and its Economic Analysis
EditorsTh. Eger, J. Bigus, C. Ott, G. von Wangenheim
Place of PublicationWiesbaden
PublisherGabler Edition Wissenschaft
ISBN (Print)9783835008779
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

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