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By Centre for Law and Environment , on 18 December 2014

A special conference to mark
Professor Richard Macrory’s


contribution to the development of environmental law


Effective Enforcement of Environmental Law

at the UCL Faculty of Laws

Monday 30 March 2015 from 2 – 6pm and
Tuesday 31 March 2015 at 9am – 2pm

About the symposium:

This conference brings together some of the leading contemporary figures in environmental law to explore the enforcement of environmental law at national, European and international level. The event is being organized to mark Professor Richard Macrory 65th birthday and his contribution to the development of environmental law.

Sessions will cover:

  • criminal and non-criminal sanctions,
  • specialized environmental courts and tribunals,
  • access to national and EU Justice,
  • enforcement of EU environmental law,
  • enforcement of international environmental law,
  • enforcement and environmental governance.


Moderators and panellists to date include:


  • Paul Bowden, Partner, Freshfields, Bruckhaus and Deringer
  • Anne Brosnan, Deputy Director (Chief Prosecutor) Legal, Environment Agency
  • James Burton, Barrister, 39 Essex Street Chambers
  • Lord Carnwath, Supreme Court
  • Liam Cashman, DG Environment, European Commission
  • Professor Jan Darpo, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Richard Gordon QC, Barrister, Brick Court Chambers
  • Sibylle Grohs, DG Environment, European Commission
  • Professor Jane Holder, UCL
  • Professor Jan Jans, University of Groningen
  • Richard Kimblin, Chair UK Environmental Law Association
  • Dr Ludwig Kramer, Consultant ClientEarth
  • Luc Lavrysen, Judge, Constitutional Court of Belgium
  • Professor Richard Macrory, UCL
  • Alistair McGlone, member Aarhus Compliance Committee
  • Professor Massimiliano Montini, University of Siena
  • Professor Catherine Redgwell, Chichele Professor of International Law, University of Oxford
  • Jonathan Robinson, Executive Director of Resources and Legal Services, Environment Agency
  • Edward Ruggeri, Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners, Milan
  • Aine Ryall, University of Cork
  • Professor Philippe Sands QC, UCL
  • Lord Justice Sullivan, Senior President of Tribunals
  • Sharon Turner, Visiting Professor UCL
  • Ned Westaway, Barrister, Francis Taylor Buildings
  • Professor Gerd Winter, Unversity of Bremen
  • Merideth Wright, former Presiding Judge, Vermont Environment Court


Price :  Practitioners  £80

NGO/Academic/Public Sector    £50

Student (limited places)  £20

An optional extra dinner on March 30th is available.


This conference is accredited with 6.5 CPD hours with the SRA and BSB.

Places are limited and early booking is advised.


Bookings at


MPAs and climate change at IUCN World Parks Congress

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 16 November 2014

As a component of the Centre’s project investigating legal implications of blue carbon, Ben Milligan and members of the Marine Climate Change Program at Conservation International will convene a panel discussion at the  IUCN World Parks Congress. The panel (Tuesday 18th November at 8:30AM) is entitled: Marine Protected Areas – Their Potential and Limits in an Era of Climate Change. It will feature contributions from marine protected area managers from Australia, Kiribati, and The Philippines. Dr Milligan will provide a broad global assessment of the relevant strengths and weaknesses of MPAs in comparison to other policy tools.

The IUCN World Parks Congress is a landmark global forum on protected areas, convened once every ten years. Building on the theme “Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions”, it presents, discusses and create original approaches for conservation and development, helping to address gaps in the conservation and sustainable development agenda. IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organisation, with more than 1,200 member organizations including 200+ government and 900+ non-government organizations.

London Rubbish Tour

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 10 November 2014


On November 5 LLM environmental law students were taken on a walking tour around the Isle of Dogs looking at how London has handled waste over the centuries.

The tour was led by Rosie Oliver, former Government environmental lawyer and now running Dotmakers Tours, providing specialized walks with an environmental theme.

The group completed the tour by using the pedestrian tunnel under the Thames to Greenwich, ending up on the foreshore of the Thames (photo) where we were able to find oyster shells and bits of clay pipes discarded several hundred years ago.

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 on October 6. 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.

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.


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

New study: Natural Capital Accounting

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 13 June 2014

Working in partnership with the Global Legislators Organisation, GLOBE International, UCL has published a major review of national laws and policies in 21 countries concerning natural capital accounting. The study featured contributions from 56 individuals, including parliamentarians, government officials, external consultants, and subject matter experts from UCL.

The study was officially launched on 7 June 2014 at the 2nd World Summit of Legislators, hosted by the Mexican Congress of the Union in Mexico City. More than 500 presidents, speakers and senior legislators from around the world attended the Summit. One of the study’s lead authors Dr Ben Milligan highlighted the study’s objectives and key conclusions in an address to the Summit’s plenary session.


Jonathan Robinson Appointed Visiting Professor

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 9 April 2014


Jonathan Robinson, currently Director of resources and Legal Services at the Environment Agency, England and Wales, has been appointed a Visiting Professor to the Faculty.

 Jonathan was a senior lawyer at the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs, before taking up the position of Chief Legal Adviser to the Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand. He was subsequently appointed Chief Legal Adviser to the Department of Communities and Local Government before taking up his present position with the Environment Agency in 2009.

On learning of the appointment, Jonathan said, “I’m have always greatly enjoyed my discussions with the high calibre students and academic staff and researchers at UCL, and am delighted and hugely honoured to be made a Visiting Professor.  I look forward to working more closely with UCL over the coming years”

Richard Macrory, co-director for the Centre for Law and the Environment, commented, “We are all absolutely delighted at the prospect of closer collaboration with Jonathan – he is someone with  enormous experience of environmental law and the machinery of government, and his appojntment comes at a period in the development of thinking about  environmental regulation and environmental regulators.”

 Jonathan’s CV

KCL and UCL CCS Conference Report

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 25 March 2014

CCS Conferene Cover ImageOn the 6th of March 2014, King’s College, in collaboration with UCL, organised a conference on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) (see our previous post for more details and a short summary of the event). The Conference Report, including the day’s programme and a list of delegates, is now available and can be downloaded from the following link: CCS Conference Report (KCL & UCL). For copies of speakers’ presentations and more information on events at King’s College in general, please click here.

A successful conference on CCS – 6 March 2014, London

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 11 March 2014

KCLresizedOn the 6th of March 2014, King’s College, in collaboration with UCL, organised a conference on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), held in Senate House (London).

With contributions from government, industry and academia, discussions were lively, informed,  and encouraged  a sense of urgency to get CCS on track. Speakers included the Government Chief Scientist, Sir Mark Walport, Dan Byles MP, Prof. Stuart Haszeldine of University of Edinburgh, Ward Goldthorpe (Crown Estate) , David Kennedy (Climate Change Committee) Ashley Ibbett (Department of Energy and Climate Change), Ian Havercroft (Global Carbon Capture Storage Institute) and many others. (more…)