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UCL-KCL Postgraduate Environmental Law Symposium examines key environmental challenges

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 2 March 2015

The intensification of environmental crisis and the shifting terrain of global governance provided a context of flux for the convening of environmental law academics, researchers and students in IMG_6287 (2)Bloomsbury on 18 February for the 3rd University College London-King’s College London Postgraduate Environmental Law Symposium. Hosted by the UCL Centre for Law and the Environment, the Symposium was an opportunity for PhD and masters researchers to present their work on a wide range of environmental law topics.

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UCL-KCL Postgraduate Environmental Law Symposium

By Rob Amos, on 6 May 2014

Created with Nokia Smart CamOn Thursday 1st May the UCL-KCL Postgraduate Environmental Law Symposium was held. It was organised by three postgraduate students: Emily Barritt (KCL), Kim Bouwer (UCL) and Larissa Boratti (UCL), and this year was hosted by KCL. The day gave postgraduate students and researchers from both the UK and abroad the opportunity to meet and share ideas with their peers. Support for the day was provided by KCL’s Dickson Poon School of Law, UCL’s Faculty of Laws, the Centre for Law and the Environment and the Institute of Sustainable Resources.

The presentations covered a number of contemporary issues in environmental law and policy under the headings of Environmental Governance, International Environmental Law, Sustainable Resources, Climate Change and Energy, Rights and Participation and EU Environmental Law. The range of topics covered illustrated the points made by Professor Maria Lee from UCL in her introduction to the symposium: environmental law is an inherently pluralistic discipline and its boundaries cannot be comprehensively defined.

See here for summaries of the presentations given during the day: UCL-KCL Conference 2014 – Programme.

Public Interest Environmental Law (PIEL) UK 8th Annual Conference 2014

By Rob Amos, on 29 April 2014

NKN_5269eOn Friday 11 April 2014, the Public Interest Environmental Law (PIEL) UK 8th Annual Conference was held at Cass Business School, City University London. This year’s event was organised by a committee of environmental law students from UCL, SOAS, City University London and Birkbeck, and drew around 150 attendees including academics, practitioners, NGO representatives and students. It was also generously supported by UCL, City University London, LSE, Hausfeld & Co LLP, Green Dragons, and Friends of the Earth.

With the overarching theme as “Corporations’ Role in the Environmental Crisis: Problem or Solution?” the day was crammed full of enthusiasm from our Chair, Professor William Howarth (Kent Law School), speakers and attendees to engage with the question and its many facets.


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…)


By Centre for Law and Environment , on 25 March 2013

On Friday 15th March, the 7th Annual Public Interest Environmental Law (PIEL) UK Conference was held at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in Russell Square. PIEL UK comprises a committee made up entirely of students from universities around the UK. This year, students from a wide range of universities took part including UCL, SOAS, City Law School, BPP, Southampton and Sussex took part.

Prof Surya Subedi - PIEL 2013

  • Key note address by Professor Surya Subedi, University of Leeds

The subject of this year’s conference centred on the highly topical and emotive issue of land grabbing, and was titled ‘Development or Land Grabbing? Legal Challenges of the Global Land Rush.’ Speakers included some of the leading players in the fields of development, foreign direct investment, land grabbing and agrarian justice, providing diverse perspectives on how to approach the regulation of land acquisition going forward. There were also breakout workshops in the afternoon delivered on some more specific issues, such as REDD+ in the context of land grabs, the role of indigenous knowledge, and the inter-connectedness of global trade.

This year’s committee aimed to make the conference as sustainable as practically possible. All food was organic and locally made, with leftovers donated to a local homeless shelter; all waste was recycled; the conference was largely paper free with guests encouraged not to print tickets and programs not handed out. The whole event was also broadcast live on the Internet and a recording of all sessions can now be found on YouTube.

Sponsors for this year’s conference were: University College London, City Law School, London School of Economics, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Queen Mary University and Harrison Grant Solicitors.

Tom Cripps

Sustainability Officer/Committee Member

PIEL UK 2013


Freshfields Hosts UCL LLM Students

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 26 February 2013

On 19th February, City law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer organized  a supper for UCL LLM students studying environmental and energy courses.  The event was hosted by partners Andrew Austin and Paul Bowden, with short presentations from a number of younger environmental  lawyers on what life in a city environmental law practice was like.  Stephen Tromans QC, one of the UK’s leading environmental law barristers, gave a fascinating presentation tracing the main developments in UK environmental law from the time he was a student to his current position.

UCL / KCL Postgraduate Environmental Law Symposium

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 24 October 2012

  • Date & time: 7 November 2012, 09:45 – 18:00
  • Sponsors: UCL Centre for Law and the Environment; UCL Graduate School; and Francis Taylor Building
  • Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws
  • Access: Open to postgraduate students

The Symposium is jointly-organised by University College London Centre for Law and the Environment and King’s College London Dickson Poon School of Law, and seeks to provide environmental law and governance research students the opportunity to meet, present and discuss their work in a supportive environment.

Register online | Download the conference programme

The New System of Environmental Enforcement and Sanctions: From Principle into Practice

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 8 October 2012

  • Date: Thursday 8 November 2012
  • Venue: UCL Faculty of Laws

This main purpose of this one day conference is to consider the impact on the enforcement of environmental regulation following the introduction of a greater range of sanctions under Part III of the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act.

New enforcement statements covering both criminal and civil sanctions have been developed by the Environment Agency and Natural England. Over thirty enforcement undertakings have been accepted the Agency over the past year.A new Environment Tribunal has been established to determine appeals against the imposition of civil sanctions.

Fees: £100 standard ticket, £75 UKELA members, £50 Academics / NGOs / Government lawyers. £10 non-UCL students, £5 UCL Students

View the Conference Programme | Register online for the conference:

Martin Hession joins as Visiting Research Fellow

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 1 September 2012

Martin Hession, currently chair of the UN Clean Development Mechanism Executive Board, has been appointed an Hon Senior Visiting Research Fellow to the Faculty for three years starting this month. Martin is a barrister, a former academic at Imperial College, and has been a senior official at Department of Energy and Climate Change for a number of years involved in climate change policy at EU and international level.

Professor Richard Macrory, co-director of the Centre, said, “I am delighted that Martin who has a such a wealth of recent experience in climate change policy and legal issues wishes to be associated with the Centre and the Law Faculty. We look forward to opportunities for collaboration over the next few years.”