Environmental Law And The Expert Witness

Gordon Whiting

New Zealand Acoustics, 21(3), pp.28- 37 . (2008).

As a Judge of the Environment Court for the past 11 years, I have worked every day at the coalface of environmental law. Environmental law is not just the problem of lawyers and social scientists. Environmental decision-making, if it is to achieve an appropriate environmental outcome, needs input from a wide range of intellectual disciplines, including accountancy, anthropology, biochemistry, chemistry, design, economics, the engineering disciplines, geography, geology, information science, law, marketing, medicine, physics, planning, psychology, surveying, tourism, and zoology. In fact, I can not think of a discipline that does not have a role to play.