Richard Macrory on Better Business Regulation

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 29 October 2014

LOGORichard Macrory was a key note-speaker at a Whitehall conference organized by Westminster Business Forum considered new initiatives in business regulation and enforcement. Professor Macrory highlighted three important recent developments – the new Regulators Code introduced by the Government last April, the proposed new legal duty on regulators ,contained in the Deregulation Bill currently before Parliament, to have regard to the desirability of promoting economic growth, and the proposed Small Business Appeal Champion contained in the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Bill.

Proceedings of the event, ‘Business Regulation and Enforcement – industry involvement, local delivery and key policy developments’ will be published by the Forum : http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/forums/publications.php?fid=westminster_business_forum

International Climate Change in Texas

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 29 October 2014

photoRichard Macrory, director of the UCL carbon capture Legal Programme, spoke at GHGT-12 in Austin Texas. More than 1200 experts from all round the world attend the conference which is held every two years under the auspices of the Internal Energy Agency.

 

Richard Macrory and Ian Havercroft (Global carbon Carbon Storage Institute, and Hon Senior Research Associate, UCL) presented their new report on legal liability issues relating to carbon capture and storage.

http://www.globalccsinstitute.com/publications/legal-liability-and-carbon-capture-and-storage-comparative-perspective

New Edition of Regulation, Enforcement and Governance

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 29 October 2014

REGCOVERAn updated edition of Richard Macrory’s most influential writings was published by Hart Publishing in October. Regulation, Enforcement and Governance includes new articles on the Climate Change Act, regulatory sanctions, the Environmental Tribunal, and analyses of recent environmental law cases.

 

The first edition was well-received – “..an extremely important and valuable edition to the environmental lawyer’s bookshelf’ (Journal of Environmental Law), “..It should be essential reading for anyone concerned with institutional reform, transparency and accountability in the UK and EU’ (Cambridge Law Journal)

First Environmental Law Alumni Reunion

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 29 October 2014

At the end of September, the Centre organized its first reunion for former LLM studentswho studied environmental law at UCL. The directors of the Centre, professor Maria Lee and Professor Richard Macrory welcomed some 40 alumni from both the UK and a number of other European countries. They are to be found working in a great range of sectors – industry, government, private practitioners, and non-government organization, and former students Liz Hatton (DEFRA Legal) and Josh Roberts (ClientEarth) gave short talks about their current work.

 

New CCS Legal Liability Report

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 29 October 2014

COVERThe Global Carbon Capture Institute and the UCL Carbon Capture Legal Programme have published a new report examining legal liability issues connected with carbon capture and storage.

Legal Liability and Carbon Capture and Storage authored by Ian havercroft (GCCSI) and Professor Richard Macrory (UCL) argues that legal liability issues remain critically important for the commercial development of carbon capture and storage. A well-characterised legal and regulatory regime should perform a number of functions – it can clarify operators’ potential liabilities, promote high standards, and help to encourage investment; and can raise public confidence in the technology.

The report focuses on three jurisdictions with a well developed legal regime and governments broadly supportive of CCS (Alberta, Canada; Victoria, Australia, and the United Kingdom within the European Union), and explores the legal principles and issues relevant to civil (tort) liability, liability under emissions trading regimes, and administrative liability. and liability for emissions trading.

The report notes that each regime contains provisions concerning the transfer of liabilities to the state following cessation of storage activities, but The three regimes offer quite contrasting approaches when considering the criteria necessary for effecting a transfer; including the necessary time-limits post-cessation of operations before a transfer may take place, and the actual responsibilities and liabilities that may be transferred.

 

http://www.globalccsinstitute.com/publications

III UCL-KCL Postgraduate Environmental Law Symposium

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 8 October 2014

ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS
The third Postgraduate Environmental Law Symposium jointly organised by University College London (UCL) and King’s College London (KCL) Dickson Poon School of Law will be held on 18 February 2015 at the UCL Faculty of Laws.
The symposium provides postgraduate students working in the area of Environmental Law and Governance with the chance to meet and present their work in a supportive, subject-specific forum. The symposium will provide the opportunity for up to eighteen research students to present on any aspect of their research.
The symposium organisers are keen for the event to allow students to meet and network, while strengthening a postgraduate environmental law research community and promoting the establishment of reading groups. We actively encourage attendance from research students at all stages of their postgraduate work. We also invite LLM students, academics and undergraduates interested in environmental law to come along. Lunch and refreshments will be provided by UCL Centre for Law and the Environment and UCL Faculty of Laws during the day. A drinks reception, sponsored by the Dickson Poon School of Law, will follow in the evening.
Those interested in presenting a paper in any area of Environmental Law and Governance are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 200 words by Friday 24 October 2014. The authors of abstracts selected for presentation will not be expected to submit completed papers but they may do so if they wish.
Details about attending and registering for the symposium will be provided in due course.
Venue:
UCL Faculty of Laws, Bentham House
Endsleigh Gardens, London WC1H 0EG
For further information, please contact:
Olivia Hamlyn, PhD Candidate, UCL Faculty of Laws, (olivia.hamlyn.09@ucl.ac.uk )
Ioanna Hadjiyianni, PhD Candidate, KCL Dickson Poon School of Law (ioanna.hadjiyianni@kcl.ac.uk).

UCL Laws academic ‘in conversation’ with Connie Hedegaard

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 25 September 2014

Joanne Scott, Professor of European Law at UCL Laws joined the EU’s climate change commissioner Connie Hedegaard and India’s former environment minister Jairam Ramesh ‘in conversation’ on the theme of EU climate change policy in the lead up to the Paris conference in 2015 at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi.

Details here: http://www.cprindia.org/seminars-conferences/5409-european-union-climate-policy-context-negotiations-2015-climate-agreement

This event was organised by the Centre for Policy Research Climate Initiative which is headed by Professors Lavanya Rajamani and Navroz Dubash

Policy and practice seminars

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 23 September 2014

Policy and practice seminars 2014-15

 Policy seminars are held on Thursday lunch time, 1-2 pm, SR 7. Lunch will be provided , but you must sign up at doodle. These seminars are primarily for current environmental law students – anyone else who would like to attend, please email maria.lee@ucl.ac.uk

 13 Nov           Halina Ward, Future Programmes Manager, Bond for International Development, Title tbc

 27 Nov          Ludwig Kramer, Former senior official DG Environment, European Commission, consultant ClientEarth, EU Environmental Law and Policy – Is there a Good Story to Tell?

4 Dec Judge Meredith Wright, Vermont Environment Court 1990-2011, Why do we need Environmental Courts?

 15 Jan            Jake White, legal adviser, Friends of the Earth,  Environmental law under fire

 5 Feb              Elizabeth Hiester, Senior Lawyer, ClientEarth, Access to environmental information- a Swiss Army knife for public interest environmental lawyers

26 Feb            Kim Bouwer, UCL PhD candidate, Unsexy climate change litigation

19 March       Simon Burall, Director, Involve (http://www.involve.org.uk/), Soft vs hard accountability and the role of publics

 Note other events:

20th Nov         UKELA’s annual Garner lecture, from Lord Chris Smith, former Chair of the Environment Agency – booking details not currently available, check the UKELA website

11th Dec         UCL Current Legal Problems Lecture, Bettina Lange (University of Oxford) Mapping a new regulatory space: The case of managing water scarcity in the UK, details and (free) registration at Lange

European Meeting on Carbon Capture Law

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 11 September 2014

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Richard Macrory, director of the UCL Carbon Capture Legal Programme, was the only legal academic participating in a stakeholders’ meeting held  in Brussels on 8 September 2014 as part of the European Commission’s review of the 2009 EU Directive on Carbon Capture and Storage.

Participants included representatives from industry, environmental NGOs,and organizations such as the International Energy Agency and the British Geological Society. There was a general consensus that this was not right time to start amending the actual Directive, but that existing Commission Guidance, especially on financial instruments could be revisted  to provide more flexibility.  The key issues concerned the effectiveness of underlying policy rather than the legislation.

In the same week, it was announced by the President-Elect of the European Commission that in future one Commissioner would be in charge of both Energy Policy and Climate Change Policy, thus effectively getting rid of the separate Directorate on Climate Change and Action set up in 2010.  Many will now be watching to see whether this potentially significant change has a real  impact on the EU’s approach to Carbon Capture and Policy.

Reflections on nuisance and regulation

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 18 August 2014

15 September 2014, 3.30 – 6.30pm (drinks from 6.30)

Chaired by The Rt Hon The Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill and Professor Paul Mitchell (UCL)

The place of regulatory decisions in private nuisance is of enormous practical significance, for litigators, planners, businesses and communities. It also highlights broader, persistent questions about the relative roles of courts and administrative bodies in the generation and enforcement of appropriate social (including environmental) standards, and in the distribution of risks, opportunities, costs and benefits. In this seminar Maria Lee (UCL) will talk on Nuisance and the complexity of regulation; Eloise Scotford (Dickson Poon School of Law) on Private nuisance, regulation and the nature of property rights: an evolving legal story; Ben Pontin (University of the West of England) on The co-evolution of nuisance and environmental regulation; Jenny Steele (University of York) on “An unduly moralistic approach to disputes”? Monetary remedies for nuisance after Coventry v Lawrence; and Justine Thornton (39 Essex Street) on The role of public nuisance in environmental pollution control.

Scotford Thornton Pontin