Legalising water?

By Associate Professor Bettina Lange

Managing water resources is increasingly governed by an expanding and complex set of legal rules. Ch. 15 of Fisher, Lange and Scotford ‘Environmental Law: Text, Cases and Materials’ (2019, OUP) introduces key provisions of water law applicable in the UK. The chapter discusses the main environmental offence that can be harnessed for sanctioning the pollution of water, and outlines regulatory frameworks for the discharge and abstraction of water, as well as recent developments in drought and flood law. The recently published update for this textbook sets out succinctly the latest developments in the courts’ approach to fining water polluters, the impact of Brexit on environmental, including water law in the UK, as well as on-going developments in relation to the recent core piece of environmental legislation in the UK: The Environment Bill 2019-21.

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