Boston Harbor: A Case Study

Charles M. Harr
A case study of the Boston Harbor litigation is a striking example of how courts can circumvent the usual political processes that paralyze enunciated policies of environmental control. The Boston Harbor litigation was unusual even in the United States and is of interest chiefly for its innovative use of a special master.l The case nonetheless illustrates how a nation may employ its judicial system to deal with environmental problems that the legislative and executive branches are hesitant to face.
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