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  • One question being asked of government is why the environmental principles are set out in a policy statement rather than the bill itself, and why ministers are only required to “have regard to” them compared with the binding obligation set out in EU law. This is part a wider ongoing debate about the difference between environmental principles, rights and objectives.

    In her keynote speech, University of Oxford professor of environmental law Liz Fisher stressed that environmental lawyers had to think more creatively and critically about their role within the wider legal, political and economic system.
    “The rule of law isn’t just about clicking our fingers and the problem goes away. It’s about maintenance, about constantly thinking about and revising the law,” she told the conference.

    Possibly also the missing off of Fracking and government policy in this regard and missing Climate Change targets might also be cause for concern.

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