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Sustainability and the Failure of Ambition in European Pesticides Regulation

Hamlyn, OA; (2015) Sustainability and the Failure of Ambition in European Pesticides Regulation. Journal of Environmental Law , 27 (3) pp. 405-429. 10.1093/jel/eqv021. Green open access

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Abstract

Sustainability as a concept is recognised as consisting of various complex but familiar elements. One would expect to find such elements in legislation purporting to adopt sustainability as its orientating goal. This is arguably so with the EU’s 2009 Directive which aims to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides. Legislation governing pesticide use built on the principles of sustainability could provide a powerful and sophisticated framework through which to consider, and respond to, the multiplicity of concerns pesticide use raises. This article examines sustainability in terms of its potential to regulate pesticide use. It articulates various elements of sustainability which one might expect to find in legislation designed to achieve sustainable pesticide use. It assesses the Sustainable Use Directive against the elements identified and argues that the SUD implements a narrow agenda of risk management rather than genuinely and ambitiously adopting the true principles of sustainability.

Type: Article
Title: Sustainability and the Failure of Ambition in European Pesticides Regulation
Location: UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/jel/eqv021
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jel/eqv021
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecom mons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited
Keywords: Sustainability; sustainable development; pesticides; European Union; risk regulation
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1469006
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