The Roles and Use of Law in Green Criminology


This paper examines how law and legal analysis fit within the broader green criminological project. By demonstrating how legal analysis in various forms can cast significant light on key green criminological questions, the paper seeks to address the concern that green criminology – with its preponderance of ‘deep green’ viewpoints and focus on social harms which are not proscribed by formal law – precludes the application of legalistic values such as certainty and consistency. Ultimately, the goal of the paper is to demonstrate how, despite the novel challenges to the legal scholar presented by green criminology, the incorporation of a more legalistic perspective within an interdisciplinary exercise is not only desirable for green criminology but is in fact vital if the field is to realise its ambitions as a force for environmental good.
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Published: 2021-01-04
Pages:96 to 109
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Hall, M. (2021) “The Roles and Use of Law in Green Criminology”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 3(2), pp. 96-109. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v3i2.176.

Author Biography

University of Lincoln School of Law
 United Kingdom

Matthew Hall graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield in 2007 having previously graduated from Sheffield's MA in International Criminology programme. He became a Lecturer in Law and Criminal Justice in 2008 and a Senior Lecturer in 2011 both at the University of Sheffield School of Law. In 2014 Matthew was appointed Professor of Law and Criminal Justice and Head of Research at the University of Lincoln School of Law. He has been interviewed on behalf of the European Commission as an expert contributor in the field of victimology to assist the development of a new Directive on victims’ rights and has also advised the South African Department of Justice and Constitutional Development concerning a review of South Africa’s Victim Empowerment Scheme. More recently Matthew has pioneered research on environmental victimisation and the application environmental justice principles in the criminal justice system at the national and international levels.