What is environmental law?
Environmental law seeks to manage human impacts on the environment
In NSW there are over 40 laws that relate to the environment. While laws are designed to ensure the protection of the environment, others are designed to control human use of natural resources by setting up a system of environmental approvals.
This page lists some key functions of environmental law.
The two sources of law in Australia are legislation (law made by Parliament) and common law (judge-made law, or case law).
Ecologically sustainable development (ESD) is an important concept in environmental law.
For assistance with legal research, consider contacting the Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC). LIAC is a specialist information service run by the State Library of NSW and is free for NSW residents.
LIAC provides legal research assistance through specialist librarians based at the State Library.
For more information about LIAC, see How do I Gather Information?.
This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.