EIA decision-making and administrative justice: an empirical analysis



Alberts, RC, Retief, FP, Roos, C, Cilliers, DP, Fischer, TB ORCID: 0000-0003-1436-1221 and Arts, J
(2021) EIA decision-making and administrative justice: an empirical analysis. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT, 65 (10). pp. 1914-1931.

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Abstract

Environmental impact assessment (EIA) is implemented in most countries as an administrative procedure. In this context, it is subject to the principles of administrative justice. However, to date, no empirical research has been conducted to determine the extent to which EIA decisions comply with the principles of administrative justice. In this paper, empirical data from 42 EIA cases in South Africa are used to establish EIA compliance with the administrative justice principles of lawfulness, procedural fairness and reasonableness. This is achieved by measuring EIA decisions against specially developed key performance indicators (KPIs). Overall, decisions were found to mostly comply with the principles of administrative justice. However, questions arise with regards to the quality and substance of the information feeding into the decision-making process and on which decisions are ultimately based.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: administrative justice, EIA, effectiveness, key performance indicators, decision making, South Africa
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2021 09:31
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 21:26
DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2021.1952857
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3141144