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    Brexit and environmental law

    By Centre for Law and Environment , on 8 April 2017

    Richard Macrory is co-chair of the UK Environmental Law Association’s Brexit Working Party. UKELA was neutral on the Brexit referendum, but is working to ensure the UK eUKELA_logonvironmental law is not jeopardized following the UK’s departure from the EU.  Former DEFRA lawyer Rosie Oliver and barrister Joe Newbigdin have been  employed by UKELA to research on environmental law issues, and the Faculty has kindly provided them with desk space over the next six months. This month the first newsletter outlining current activities has been published. Brexit newsletter 01


    By Centre for Law and Environment , on 22 March 2017

    UKELA has announced details of the 2017 essay prize open to all students.  The prize is named after Andrew Lees who was Campaigns Director for Friends of the Earth and died in 1994 while campaigning  against open-cast mining in Madagascar

    The 2017 Andrew Lees Prize Article Competition opened for entries from  14 March. Please note extended submission date of 26 April 201.

    You may choose from either ‘Brexit – threat or opportunity for the environment?’ or A topic of your choice that is relevant to UK Environmental Law

    If you choose to submit an article on the topic of your choice, you may have prepared this, or a version of this, for another purpose, but it must have been researched and written after 1 January 2017. We may ask to see evidence of this.

    Entries must be submitted between 14 March 2017 and midday on 26 April 2017.

    The winner will receive a free place at UKELA’s Annual Conference at the University of Nottingham on 7th to 9th July 2017 (including travel expenses from within the UK)

    Please read the competition rules and download an Student_Competition_Form to be submitted along with your entry. Entries and the form are to be sent to elly-mae@ukela.org by midday on 26 April 2017

    The winner will also have their article published in UKELA’s journal e-law and on the UKELA website.



    Environmental law appointments at UCL

    By Centre for Law and Environment , on 7 March 2017

    We are absolutely delighted to announce that twoeloise new environmental law colleagues will shortly be joining the UCL Faculty of Laws. Dr Eloise Scotford will be joining us as a professor, from her current position at King’s College London, and Dr Steven Vaughan will be joining us as a Senior Lecturer from the University of Birmingham.

    Eloise has broad research and teaching interests in environmental law.  She writes on the comparative legal treatment of environmental principles, air quality law, climate change governance, waste law, and legislative and adjudicative processes as they relate to the environment. At the core of this research is an exploration of the richness, variety and openness of legal institutions, doctrines and cultures in responding to and accommodating environmental problems.

    Steven’s career began in the City as a solicitor specialising in environmental law (first at Freshfields, then at Latham & Waktins), before moving into academia. His research interests lie in the regulation and governance of three fields: environmental law, the legal profession, and corporate finance. In the environmental arena, he has explored the role of environmental solicitors on corporate finance deals, the regustevenlation of business innovation in the context of new technologies, the framing of land use and redevelopment via the contaminated land regime, and the shaping and operationalisation of EU chemicals law.

    These wonderful appointments will add to and enrich the teaching and research in the Centre for Law and the Environment.

    Join us: Centre Assistant

    By Ellie Forward, on 17 February 2017

    UCL Faculty of Laws at  is one of the world’s leading law schools, with a world-class academic reputation for both research and teaching excellence.  Our research not only enhances the quality of our teaching and research supervision, but contributes to solutions for global challenges while shaping policy and the practice of law.

    The Faculty of Laws has a talented group of environmental and energy lawyers with a wide range of scholarly interests. They have built up an impressive reputation for academic and policy oriented research, and developed an exciting suite of world-class courses for delivery to a diverse body of talented and committed undergraduate and postgraduate students.

    The Centre Assistant will report to and work in collaboration with the Director of Centre for law and the environment. The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the teaching and research activities of the Centre for Law and the Environment.

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    Brexit and Environmental Law

    By Centre for Law and Environment , on 16 February 2017

    The House of Lords European Union Committee published  its report “Brexit: environment and climate change” on February 14.  The wide-ranging report gives a valuable overview of policy and legal challenges that will emerge over the next few years.  It notes:

    “Policy stability will be critselectical during the process of, and in the immediate aftermath of, withdrawing from the EU to avoid the emergence of legislative gaps and avoidable uncertainties in the sphere of environmental protection. Once the UK has withdrawn from the EU, environment legislation and policy will be more vulnerable to short term and less predictable changes at a domestic level”.

    Professor Maria Lee, director of the Centre, and Professor Richard Macrory gave oral evidence to the Committee at the end of last year and their views feature prominently in the report.


    House of Lords Report

    Brexit-Environment-Climate-Change-Written-Oral-Evidence-Volume 2

    House of Lords Macrory supplementary note 2

    Environmental Crime

    By Centre for Law and Environment , on 9 February 2017

    Ray Purdy (Himgreson Sen. Research Fellow) and Professor Richard Macrory took part in a Parliamentary Breakfast briefing on 31 January discussing environmental crime. Ray Purdy spoke about the increasing potential of satellite technology to detect environmental crime, while Richard Macrory argued for the need of the full range of criminal and administrative sanctions needed to tackle the issue. The event was  coordinated by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and was attended by MPs and other experts. Details including   a summary of the discussion can be found at https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/offices/bicameral/post/post-events/environmental-crime/

    UK Environmental Law Association and BREXIT

    By Centre for Law and Environment , on 13 January 2017


    BREXIT represenUKELA_logots a major challenge for the future of UK Environmental Law.  Professor Richard Macrory has been appointed co-chair of the UK Environmental Law Association’s Brexit Task Force – its immediate task is examining how EU environmental law has been integrated into the national system, and the extent to which the “Great Repeal Bill” (expected in May) is able, in the interests of legal stability,  to achieve its objectives of rolling over EU law until the opportunity is taken for review and reform.


    UCL lunch hour lectures

    By Centre for Law and Environment , on 11 January 2017

    Centre members Professor Joanne Scott and Professor Maria Lee are both giving a UCL lunch hour lecture this term, watch in person or online, http://events.ucl.ac.uk/calendar/tab:lunch_hour_lectures/

    Offshore wind turbinesTuesday 31 January, Joanne Scott, ‘The Global Reach of EU Law’

    Tuesday 28 February, Maria Lee, ‘Knowledge and law: exploring landscape in the context of wind energy’

    1.15-2pm, Darwin Lecture Theatre

    Carbon Capture and Storage – IEA Meeting

    By Centre for Law and Environment , on 7 December 2016

    Experts from round the world attended the annual meeting of the CSS Regulatory Network held in Paris at the end of November. The meeting, the eighth in the series organized by the International Energy Agency, provided a forum for comparingunnamed regulatory and policy developments in carbon capture and storage. Mainly for financial reasons, CCS has largely stalled in Europe, but this year’s meeting was marked by a strong presence from China, Indonesia, and Japan.

    Professor Macrory chaired one of the international sessions sessions and was respondent on the session exploring liability issues. Another core participant was Ian Havercroft, formerly coordinator of the UCL Carbon Capture Legal Programme, and now based at the Global Carbon Capture Storage Institute in Australia where he is Global Lead – Legal and Regulatory.


    Further details :  https://www.iea.org/workshops/8th-ccs-regulatory-network-meeting.html

    Italian Environmental sanctions conference

    By Centre for Law and Environment , on 6 December 2016

    Professor Macrory was a key note speaker at a conference on November 28th held in Milan on environmental enforcement and sanctions. The conference,imgres Environmental Law Regulation: Dealing Complexity by Complexity was organized by University Bocconi. Edward Ruggeri, a former UCL LLM student, and now working as a practitioner in Milan, was one of the respondents.