Dear readers, as some of you may know, many GLN members are part or interested in the research program "WASTE IN INTERNATIONAL AND EUROPEAN LAW AND POLICY". Recently, the project has been particularly productive as the research program issued three new books on the topic.
"Radioactive waste management in international and European legal practice"by H.G Post and A.Raccah was published in 2016 (Eleven International,The Hague) following successful workshops in Lille and Sassari. The publication contains chapters by Erik Koppe, Mario Odoni, Leonardo Massai, Stefano Silingardi, Miguel Sousa Ferro and Harry Post, and a Preface by Andrea Gioia (International Atomic Energy Agency).
A brief summary : The management of radioactive waste in Europe and elsewhere has been the subject of continuous legal and political challenges, both in courtrooms and by environmental groups in the field. Public concern was and is often considerable. Somewhat remarkable perhaps, the management of radioactive waste has not received the attention in academic literature it so very much seems to deserve. One of the purposes of this book is to examine and discuss some important aspects of the relevant law, notably of the European Union. Under EU Law, radioactive waste management largely has a separate Euratom regime. This special Euratom Community has hardly been affected by all the developments from the original Community Law to modern EU Law. It has missed all the Treaty changes, from Maastricht and Amsterdam all the way to the Lisbon Treaty. Minimal power of the European Parliament in this field is one of the consequences. This book discusses and critically analyzes in detail how the Euratom regime functions in respect to such an important part of the management of radioactive waste. It critically analyzes the applicable instruments of Euratom law, the relevant jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice, as well as some salient developments in national and international law.
"From waste to energy : technology, the environment and the implications under EU law" by H.G Post was published after a workshop on the issue "from waste to energy" which proved to be a subject of valuable research interest.
A brief summary: Waste-to-energy plants generate energy and they manage waste, notably municipal solid waste (MSW). In what way best, is still a matter of serious scientific research, both in a technological and in an economic-commercial sense, taking also the environmental impact into account. The latter is a particular concern of the transition to a (more) circular economy, the major economic perspective launched by the European Union. The role of Waste-to-energy processes in such a transition is still marred by legal problems and even in 2017 a controversial subject matter. In this really multi-disciplinary book the state of Waste-to-energy in the modern world is analysed from the point of view of several disciplines: legal, socio-economic and commercial and technological
"Waste management in european law:The example of naples and Campania" by I.K.Panoussis and H.G Post
A brief summary:A few years ago, almost daily television reports on the ‘waste crisis’ in the Campania, the region of Naples, showed vividly that waste management can become a rather nightmarish undertaking. Is this an Italian speciality or is it also more in general a complex and difficult subject? For many years already waste management is an activity regulated by European law. This book analyses the salient features of the relevant law by critically assessing the relevant instruments and the jurisprudence of both the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. The Neapolitan waste crisis is used as a major point of referenceThis book covers the legal limits of the discretion of the EU Member States to manage waste. Part I of the book introduces the EU law applicable to waste management and the relevance of the European Convention of Human Rights. In Part II the Jurisprudence on waste management is dealt with. In Part III an assessment of the existing regulations is presented and suggestions for improvement.