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Scottish devolution and environmental law

Little G (2000) Scottish devolution and environmental law. Journal of Environmental Law, 12 (2), pp. 155-174.

The Scotland Act 1998 created a new Scottish Parliament exercising extensive powers. At first sight the Act appears to have devolved extensive powers concerning the environment, suggesting that it might act as a spring-board for an ambitious, unilateral legislative programme. Over time, Scottish legislation may have wide ranging consequences for the environment, but the Scottish Executive and Parliament will not find it easy to flex their muscles. They have a limited role in the development of international and EC environmental law, and, together with provisions for judicial review, political review by UK Government, Westminster's sovereignty, and the terms of the Memorandum and Concordats, there will be strict disciplines at play.

Scotland; devolution; environment

Journal of Environmental Law: Volume 12, Issue 2

Author(s)Little, Gavin
Publication date31/12/2000
PublisherOxford University Press
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