Environmental Justice: Legal Theory and Practice, 2nd Edition

Environmental Justice: Legal Theory and Practice, 2nd Edition
Barry Hill
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Environmental risks and dangers affect certain geographic areas and populations more than others. The environmental justice movement, comprising public and private sectors, addresses this disproportionate burden of risk and exposure to pollution in minority and/or low-income communities, and works toward engaging these communities in decision-making processes. The complex dynamic of environmental justice concerns environmental, social, economic, health, and political concerns, not the least of which is the human right to a clean environment.

This revised and updated edition of Environmental Justice addresses the legal and social aspects of this important field as well as its relation to sustainable development. From the perspectives of both environmental and civil rights law, the book explores how environmental justice issues are framed, addressed, and resolved in the United States through acts of civil disobedience; federal, state, and local government initiatives; litigation and alternative dispute resolution; and mediation. Environmental Justice also examines how this area of law is an essential tool for national, state, or local governments to achieve sustainable communities. Environmental law provides the foundation for governmental policies and actions for the preservation and protection of the environment and human health, and for ensuring that the use of natural resources is both equitable and sustainable. This is the only legal and policy-related book that can be used effectively both in the classroom and in the legal offices of environmental practitioners.

About the Author

Barry E. Hill is Senior Counsel for Environmental Governance, Office of International and Tribal Affairs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Previously, Mr. Hill was the Director of EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice. Prior to that, he was Associate Solicitor, Division of Conservation and Wildlife, and the Director, Office of Hearings and Appeals of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Prior positions include, Of Counsel to the law firm of Dickstein, Shapiro & Morin, where he practiced environmental law; Project Manager of the Superfund Business Unit of ICF International; Special Counsel to the Attorney General of the District of Columbia; Legal Counsel to the Inspector General of the U.S. EPA; Law Secretary to the Deputy Administrative Judge of New York City (Criminal Division); and an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York.

Mr. Hill has taught environmental law at the Vermont Law School and the Washington College of Law at American University, and political science at several universities. He received his B.A. degree in Political Science from Brooklyn College, M.A. degree in Political Science from Howard University, and a J.D. from the Cornell University Law School.