7 January 2004
Comparing and Contrasting Environmental & Corporate Law
There are many differences between corporate law and environmental law; however, the similarities that exist are numerous as well. Although the environmental and business world are constantly changing due to advances in technology, law ethic, and human rights issues, the world of law changes and develops just as quickly to govern the two ever changing types of law. Although changes are made to corporate and environmental law somewhat often, the differences and similarities are always easily seen.
To begin with, lawyers interpret the law through actions and words for the protection of an individual, a business, concern, or an idea. They must be highly educated in several important areas: the law, economics, history, human motivation and behavior, and the practicalities of day to day living. The education of lawyers never ends because they must constantly be informed of important information, which may be of use to the client. Their education is also considered never to end because of the fact that the law is always changing and evolving.
Environmental law is one of the newest entries in the legal world. Environmental law requires a concern for the nation's resources, knowledge of where the resources are, what they are used for, how and why they may be endangered, damaged, or exploited. Environmental law also requires a concern for those whose job it is to protect them (Vig 120). Environmental lawyers may work alone or in a group. Environmental lawyers working singularly or on a team have a job, which is to prosecute offenders and find a solution to the offending situation. On the other side of things, environmental lawyers may represent the "offenders" to prove why the exploitation is not bad or is not what it seems to be. Finally, they may come between concerned groups and help create arrangements, which will benefit the country, the consumers, and the corporation.