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Tort law, regulation and river pollution: the Rivers Pollution Prevention Act and its implementation, 1876-1951

Lobban, Michael (2012) Tort law, regulation and river pollution: the Rivers Pollution Prevention Act and its implementation, 1876-1951. In: Arvind, T. T. and Steele, Jenny, (eds.) Tort Law and the Legislature. Hart Enterprises, Oxford, UK, pp. 329-352. ISBN 9781849461405

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The study of the law of tort is generally preoccupied by case law, while the fundamental impact of legislation is often overlooked. At a jurisprudential level there is an unspoken view that legislation is generally piecemeal and at best self-contained and specific; at worst dependent on the whim of political views at a particular time. With a different starting point, this volume seeks to test such notions, illustrating, among other things, the widespread and lasting influence of legislation on the shape and principles of the law of tort; the variety of forms of legislation and the complex nature of political and policy concerns that may lie behind their enactment; the sometimes unexpected consequences of statutory reform; and the integration not only of statutory rules but also of legislative policy into the operation of tort law today. The apparently sharp distinction between judicially created private law principles, and democratically enacted legislative rules and policies, is therefore questioned, and it is argued that to describe the principles of the law of tort without referring to statute is potentially highly misleading. This book shows that legislation is important not only because of the way it varies or replaces case law, but because it also deeply influences the intrinsic character of that law, providing some of its most familiar characteristics...

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Additional Information: © 2012 The Authors
Divisions: Law
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
K Law > KD England and Wales
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2013 09:04
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 09:48

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