The Legal Framework for Environmental Protection in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Analysis of the Environmental Protection Law No. 52 of 2006

Saleh Al-Sharari


The purpose of this paper is to present a comprehensive analysis of the legal framework of environment protection in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, (referred to as Jordan). It sheds light on the adequacy and effectiveness of the Jordanian laws in protecting the environment by examining existing obstacles and challenges to enforce the law such as the overlap and contradictory provisions with respect to fines and penalties of the different Jordanian laws related to the environment. This makes it difficult for concerned judges to decide which law applies to the case, which results in delays in reviewing and ruling environmental cases by the courts. The paper sheds light on pollution and resources depletion which has become worrisome and pose a threat to the environment of the country. In addition, the paper reflects on the role of the civic society, government entities and their efforts in protecting the environment by addressing environmental problems and working towards sustainable development. Finally, the paper proposes a set of recommendations to enhance Jordan’ environmental legal framework to ensure it protects and improves the environment in the country.

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