Book Reviews: Blackstone`s Statutes on Environmental Law (5th EDN)

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The burgeoning field of environmental law is undoubtedly gaining local and international recognition and consequently featuring more prominently as an academic option for students of law. The latest edition of Blackstone's Statutes on Environmental Law is a collection of environmental statutes and statutory instruments, which is pitched, not surprisingly, at students of environmental law. To this end, the words 'Ideal for exam use' appear on both the cover and backof the book.

As part of a series of books that cover most options offered on law syllabi and which profess to contain a 'carefully selected, regularly updated and well-sourced collection of legislation', Blackstone's Statutes on Environmental Law does not disappoint. Since the very first edition of the book, the editors, Robert Duxbury and Sandra Morton (respectively a Principal Lecturer and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Academic Legal Studies at Nottingham Trent University), have aimed to bring together all the essential sections of the most noteworthy statutes and statutory instru¬ments relating to the subject of environmental law. In furtherance of this aim, the latest edition of the book builds significantly on the previous edition of 2002 through the incorporation of recent noteworthy pieces of primary legislation such as the Sustainable Energy Act 2003, the Waste and Emissions Trading Act 2003 and the Water Act 2003. What is more, various new statutory instruments have also been incorporated into the fifth edition, such as the Water Resources (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2003 and the End of Life Vehicles Regulations 2003.

In addition to containing an array of unanno-tated primary and secondary environmental legislation, Blackstone's Statutes on Environmental Law also contains extracts from the Consolidated Version of the Treaty Establishing the European Community, with specific focus on the environmentally relevant articles thereof. So as to facilitate efficient research, the book is divided into three parts. Part I contains extracts from the Consolidated Version of the Treaty Establishing the European Community, Part II contains the relevant UK legislation and Pail III contains many notable statutory instruments. Furthermore, an alphabetic list of contents as well as a detailed index are also provided.

Unfortunately, despite the user-friendly layout of the book and the fact that it builds signifi-cantly on the previous edition, only those developments in environmental law up until June 2004 have been incorporated into the fifth edition. As it is already 2007, one wonders how long it will be before a sixth edition incorporating more recent developments in environmental legislation will be published. However, until such time as a further edition is published, the latest edition of Blackstone's Statutes on Environmental Law remains the touchstone for students (and anyone else) who want swift access to the cardinal statutes and statutory instruments on environmental law.

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