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The Enforcement of Waste Law in Northern Ireland: Deterrence, Dumping and the Dynamics of Devolution

Lookup NU author(s): Ciara Brennan



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This article examines the enforcement of waste law in Northern Ireland. It considers how a legacy of historical failures to enforce legislation in conjunction with inadequate arrangements for the delivery of environmental regulation continues to frustrate environmental protection efforts in this jurisdiction. The article demonstrates that challenges associated with delivering waste regulation faced by other UK environmental regulators are more acute in Northern Ireland due to a range of distinctive circumstances and the response of the devolved government in addressing these issues has so far achieved only limited success. The article concludes that a significant shift in enforcement culture and practice in Northern Ireland is necessary in order to ensure enforcement action against waste criminals is effective, but that ultimately fundamental structural changes to the architecture of environmental regulation are required.

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Author(s): Brennan C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Environmental Law

Year: 2016

Volume: 28

Issue: 3

Pages: 471-496

Print publication date: 01/11/2016

Online publication date: 22/10/2016

Acceptance date: 15/04/2016

Date deposited: 14/09/2016

ISSN (print): 0952-8873

ISSN (electronic): 1464-374X

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/jel/eqw026


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