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Environmental Law
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Course Aims:

This podcast is aimed at practitioners interested in environmental law, particularly breaches of environmental protection. It aims to set out the background to the legislation, it's important provisions, how it deals with the question of civil or criminal sanctions and assesses what impact it is likely to have on the wider regulatory enforcement framework.

After completing the course you will:
  • Know the background to the Regulatory Enforcement & Sanctions Act 2008?;
  • Know how the sanctions are to be implemented following the enactment of the Regulatory Enforcement & Sanctions Act 2008;
  • Know the most relevant parts of the legislation;
  • Know who has the power to impose sanctions for regulatory breaches;
  • Be aware of the way the legislation attempts to foster a new approach as to the way regulators behave;
  • Understand what ‘outcome-focussed enforcement’ is;
  • Know how the relevant sanctions applied in practice;
  • Know the criteria regulators will apply as whether to pursue a criminal or civil penalty;
  • Know the function of an enforcement undertaking;
  • Know the circumstances in which it will be appropriate for regulators to use their enforcement powers to punish a breach of the regulations;
  • Be aware of the extent to which penalties are an effective deterrent;
  • Understand the costs and procedural aspects of any proceedings under the Act.
Intermediate Difficulty: 3 of 5
Legislative Updates
Practical Guide
Sources and References:
  • Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008;
  • Environmental Civil Sanctions (England) Order 2010;
  • Environmental Civil Sanctions (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) Regulations 2010;
  • Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2009.

This podcast is about environmental regulation and sets out the regulatory framework established by the 2008 Act and analyses how the regime will work in practice.

Podcast added: 16/08/11

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