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Law and the Circular Economy

Thomas, Sean

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Sean Thomas


Assesses whether English law can accommodate the circular economy. Reviews key features of the circular economy, its status within organisations, and how it may be distinguished from the sharing economy. Considers whether regimes applicable to the treatment of waste may need reform to operate in circular economies, and how the personal property framework of relative title, possessory title and abandonment offers an effective capturing mechanism.


Thomas, S. (2019). Law and the Circular Economy. Journal of Business Law, 62-83

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 6, 2018
Publication Date 2019
Deposit Date Apr 6, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jan 1, 2020
Journal Journal of Business Law
Print ISSN 0021-9460
Publisher Sweet and Maxwell
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Issue 1
Pages 62-83
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Accepted Journal Article (518 Kb)

Copyright Statement
This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Business Law following peer review. The definitive published version Thomas, Sean (2019). Law and the Circular Economy. Journal of Business Law (1): 62-83 is available online on Westlaw UK or from Thomson Reuters DocDel service.

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