Public environmental law in the Netherlands

René Seerden, Michiel Heldeweg

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In this contribution we will address the following issues. In § 1 we will provide a brief introduction to the Dutch legal system (especially with regard to the Dutch Constitution and the General Administrative Law Code). In § 2 we shall discuss several legal bases for environmental protection (such as the Constitution, the Environmental Management Act and Environmental Principles). We continue, in § 3, with an overview of the main legal instruments of environmental policy (starting off with three types of regulations, then with instruments such as the duty of care, planning, quality standards, permits and general rules, et cetera). In § 4 we address the matter of public participation and legal protection (especially with regard to permits and enforcement-acts). The aspect of enforcing environmental law is discussed in § 5, at which point three types of enforcement (administrative, civil and penal) are presented separately. Finally, in § 6, we will present some conclusions on Dutch environmental law (in the light of recent and future developments).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPublic Environmental Law in the European Union and the United States
Subtitle of host publicationA Comparative Analysis
EditorsRene J.G.H. Seerden, Michiel A. Heldeweg, Kurt R. Deketelaere
Place of PublicationThe Hague/London/New York
PublisherKluwer Law International
ISBN (Print)90-411-1926-4
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Publication series

NameComparative environmental law & policy series
PublisherKluwer Law International


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