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Professor Susan Smith returns to scholarly roots with environmental crimes book

by Sarah Bello,

Smith is senior editor of the “Edward Elgar Research Handbook on Environmental Crimes and Criminal Enforcement,” which will be published in 2024. In it, scholars from around the globe discuss environmental crimes and criminal enforcement. Smith will also contribute an introduction and a chapter on “Defining and Sentencing Environmental Crimes: Environmental Regulatory Systems and Social Norms.”

“This project returns me to my earliest scholarship — a comprehensive treatise on Crimes Against the Environment and several articles on the role of criminal enforcement in environmental regulatory systems,” Smith says. 

Another project, her article, “Taming the Deranged Beasts: Harnessing the Global Power of Transnational Corporations to Create a Just and Sustainable Future,” will be submitted for law review publication in Spring 2024. The article expands and revises an idea she published nearly a decade ago. In it, she seeks to establish an effective means to control the impacts of large, transnational corporations on people and the planet.  They would be required to have an international charter obligating them to comply with human rights and environmental laws.

“These projects fit directly into the core of environmental and natural resources law,” Smith says. “My research is a direct benefit to my students — it keeps me involved in the cutting-edge of scholarly discussion in my field, deepening my understanding of current issues in the topics I teach.”

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