Ius et Praxis
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MATUS ACUNA, Jean Pierre; ORELLANA CRUZ, Marcos; CASTILLO SANCHEZ, Marcelo y RAMIREZ GUZMAN, M Cecilia. ANÁLISIS DOGMÁTICO DEL DERECHO PENAL AMBIENTAL CHILENO, A LA LUZ DEL DERECHO COMPARADO Y LAS OBLIGACIONES CONTRAÍDAS POR CHILE EN EL ÁMBITO DEL DERECHO INTERNACIONAL: CONCLUSIONES Y PROPUESTA LEGISLATIVA FUNDADA PARA UNA NUEVA PROTECCIÓN PENAL DEL MEDIO AMBIENTE EN CHILE. Ius et Praxis [online]. 2003, vol.9, n.2, pp. 11-57. ISSN 0718-0012. doi: 10.4067/S0718-00122003000200002.
This article argues in favor of an environmental criminal law to respond both to the risks pervasive in contemporary societies and to the requirements of international law and Chile's international obligations in this area. A succint description of environmental crime in comparative law is provided, together with an elaboration of the sparse environmental crimes currently in the books in Chile. Reasons for this legislative deficit are explored in light of international obligations, comparative law, and the need to close loopholes in the Environmental Impact Assessment System. The article closes with an overview and critique of bills on environmental crime currently in Congress, ideas for lege ferenda solutions to problems associated with outstanding gaps in national laws on the subject, and a proposal for a specific environmental crime bill. (The present article corresponds to the Final Report of FONDECYT Project 1010206-2001, on environmental crime in Chile.)
Palabras clave : Environmental criminal law; Chilean criminal law; environmental impact assessment; environmental damage; environmental protection.