Thursday, February 3, 2011

Interview With Nigel Haigh, An Expert on European Union Environmental Policy Making

Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing Nigel Haigh, one of the foremost experts on environmental policy making in the European Union.

His 1984 book, European Economic Community Environmental Policy and Britain, was the first attempt to analyze all EU environmental legislation and was the precursor of the current Manual of European Environmental Policy, the premier publication of its kind.

Mr. Haigh was director of the Institute for European Environmental Policy from 1980 to 1998. Previously he helped found the European Environmental Bureau and was its Vice-President from 1975 to 1979. He was a founding member of the Environment Agency for England and Wales (1995 to 2000) and was appointed by the European Parliament to the Management Board of the European Environment Agency (2000-2005). He is currently President of Environmental Protection UK.

My interview with Mr. Haigh was illuminating in many respects. In particular he offered his observations about the evolution of EU environmental policy making as well the major environmental challenges the world's largest economic market -- the European Union -- faces in today's world.

To view the video, please click here.

Don C. Smith
Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Program

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