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Title: Enforcement of environmental regulation in Northern Ireland : a story of politics, penalties and paradigm shifts
Author: Brennan, Ciara
ISNI:       0000 0004 5369 3103
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis examines the enforcement of environmental law in Northern Ireland. Using an expanded version of deterrence theory the thesis evaluates the environmental enforcement effort to date and reflects on whether there is a need for reform of the sanctioning toolkit available to environmental regulators in this jurisdiction. The findings indicate that the deterrent created by efforts to enforce' environmental law in Northern Ireland has been the subject of significant erosion due to a problematic approach to enforcement by the regulator and very low penalties imposed by Northern Ireland's judiciary. This thesis concludes by suggesting the need for an adapted deterrence model that can help understand the distinctive features of the devolved experience of enforcing environmental law in Northern Ireland, and makes a series of recommendations designed to improve environmental enforcement efforts in practice .
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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