What is to be done about environmental crime?

Authored by: Rob White

The Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies

Print publication date:  August  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415781787
eBook ISBN: 9780203837146
Adobe ISBN: 9781136868504


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The question ‘What is to be done?’ implies that there is a problem and that the problem needs to be dealt with in some way. The task of this chapter is to explore this question in relation to environmental crime. However, the definition of the problem and the solutions to it (both current and proposed) are contentious and variable. To address issues pertaining to what ought to be done in regards to environmental crime, the starting point, therefore, is to clarify the terms and terrain upon which discussion and debate rest. This is partly a matter of defining ‘harm’; it is also partly a matter of identifying who the main protagonists are and who is going to drive action (and of which sort) in this area.

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