n Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg - Environmental Compliance and Enforcement in South Africa : Legal Perspectives, Alexander Paterson and Louis J. Kotzé (Eds.) : book review

Volume 2010, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0257-7747
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2207



Van der Meijden, one of a number of passionate and committed Dutch environmental law experts, wrote that just as a well-stocked toolbox in itself does not guarantee an end-product of artistically crafted furniture, so the presence of instruments (the "tools") available for the implementation of environmental policies only serve as one of a number of conditions to execute such policies ( (2009) 19). At first blush this comparison seems somewhat naïve and rather inelegant. Not so when one delves deeper and realises that the comparison is used to illustrate the essence of environmental law - its instrumental nature - in providing solutions to environmental problems.

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