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A Note on Environmental Law-Enforcement Duties

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In general, enforcement duties are, probably more easily enforced against local authorities and agencies other than the police. With regard to the developing countries, one Indian case has achieved fame: Ratlam MC v Vardichand. This case concerned an area in which the wealthy and privileged lived alongside street-dwellers. The National Federation case affirms that standing can be obtained by citizens to secure the enforcement of a law-enforcement duty, notwithstanding that it was refused in that particular case. In Environmental Defence Society v Agricultural Chemicals Board, a New Zealand case, an environmental group with more expertise than the government itself was refused standing to compel review of the registration of a chemical alleged to cause deformities in foetuses.

Keywords: enforcement duties; environmental law; New Zealand case

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