Title: Punishing Environmental Crimes: An Empirical Study from Lower Courts to the Court of Appeal
Authors: Billiet, Carole
Blondiau, Thomas
Rousseau, Sandra # ×
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc
Series Title: Regulation & Governance vol:8 issue:4 pages:472-496
Abstract: We analyze judicial policy lines concerning the punishment of environmental crime using a unique
European dataset of individual criminal cases, including case-specific information on offenses and offenders.
We investigate policy choices made by lower criminal courts, as well as their follow-up by the relevant
court of appeal. The sanctioning policy of the courts has proven to be varied as well as consistent. Judges
carefully balance effective and suspended penalties, most often using them cumulatively, but in specific
cases opting to use them as substitutes. Overall, both judges in lower and appeal courts balance environmental
law and classic criminal law and aim at protecting individuals and their possessions as well as the
ISSN: 1748-5983
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Centre for Economics and Corporate Sustainability, Campus Brussels
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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