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Climate Change and the National Courts

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 4 December 2015

Over 100 people attended a packed  conference held in London on December 1 at Mishcon de Reya LLP, and hosted by UK Environmental Law Association, Planning & Environment Bar Association, and Constitutional & Administrative Law Bar Association. The focus of the event was on the potential role of national courts in climate change issues.   Any agreement that results from the current Paris negotiations on climate change will centre on bottom up national reductions plans (termed by the UN as  ‘Intended Nationally Determined Contributions’), and this suggests that national courts may play a stronger role in the future in ensuring their effective implementation.  Speakers included Tom Burke, Visiting Professor, UCL; Sarah Kohl (Department of Energy and Climate Change); Professor Richard Macrory, Centre for Law and the Environment, UCL; and Lord Carnwath, Supreme Court, with James Maurici QC chairing.    Professor Macrory considered the UK Climate Change Act 2008 and the extent to which its provisions could be justiciable in the courts. 1kpp4cvg0yww5ajdZiwiYuUKMqcntEy64pjk-CD2Jne_PLZFvmOvpWecxUdtKC1lEgWiq1g=s105

New members of CLE

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 3 November 2015

We are delighted to announce the appointment of two new members to the Centre for Law and the Environment, Professor Catherine Redgwell and Justine Thornton.

Justine is a barrister at 39 Essex Chambers, specialising in environmental law, and has been appointed a visiting professor at the Centre. Catherine is Chichele Professor of International Law at University of Oxford, All Souls College, and has been appointed an honorary professor at the Centre.

We are thrilled to be joined by two such accomplished colleagues, and very much look forward to working with them.

 

IV UCL-KCL Postgraduate Environmental Law Symposium

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 21 September 2015

After three highly successful events, the fourth Postgraduate Environmental Law Symposium jointly organised by University College London (UCL) Faculty of Laws and King’s College London (KCL) Dickson Poon School of Law will be held on 25 February 2016 at King’s College London.

Announcement and call for papers.

European Environmental Law Forum

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 7 September 2015

Professor Richard Macrory was a key note speaker at the 2015 European Environmental Law Forum conference held in Aix en Provence.

imgresAlmost 150 people attended the meeting held 2-4 September at the Faculty of Law and Political Science, Aix-Marseille University, with workshops including presentations from many PhD students across Europe.

The theme of this year’s conference was ‘The Effectiveness of Environmental Law” and Professor Macrory addressed the final plenary session on the challenges of designing effective sanctions at both national and European Union level.

 

Evidence, Publics and Decision-making for Major Wind Infrastructure

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 28 July 2015

Maria Lee from the Centre for Law and the Environment is part of a team of UCL academics recently awarded ESRC funding for a project exploring the space for public participation in decision-making on major wind energy infrastructure projects. Bringing together academics from planning and science and technology studies, as well as law, this project will examine the ways in which publics engage, and the ways in which evidence and knowledge are constructed and understood, in decision-making on major wind infrastructure projects.

A pilot research project had suggested that central government policy, at that time strongly in favour of major wind farm development, was constraining engagement with public concerns and aspirations; and also that there is a preference for ‘evidence’ and ‘knowledge’ to be constructed from highly technical ‘expert’, rather than lay, contributions. These observations raise interesting questions about how decision-making on major wind projects might take the concerns of diverse local publics into account in practice.

 

Succesful PIEL conference 2015

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 30 April 2015

Established in 2007, Public Interest Environmental Law (PIEL) UK is a not-for-profit organisation which organises an annual conference on a burning topic in Environmental Law. The event is realised entirely through the sponsorship of a number of organisations, including the Centre for Law and the Environment.

Composed entirely of students from London Universities, the 2014-2015 PIEL UK Organising Committee laboured for several months to put together a programme of 16 speakers – academics, lawyers, activists and politicians – in one affordable Conference open to the public: ‘Satisfying Consumption: Trade and the Environment’. On April 9 PIEL UK’s 9th Annual Conference attracted over 100 attendees of all ages and walks of life. Read more

In the new academic year, PIEL UK will be recruiting for a Committee to organise the milestone 10th annual Conference. Please subscribe to our Twitter (@Piel_uk), Facebook and LinkedIn groups to stay informed; you can also register your interest by emailing pieluk@gmail.com.

 

Good luck to all of our students!

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 30 March 2015

climate changeA picture from our happy final class on climate change – now it’s on to revision and essay writing.

See more on our LLM – http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/law-environment/teaching-courses/

New co-director of Centre for Law and the Environment

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 17 February 2015

Chiara ArmeniThe Centre for Law and the Environment is delighted to announce the appointment of Chiara Armeni as co-director. Chiara joined the faculty in 2009, and is a research associate at both the Faculty of Laws and the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources. She has wide research interests, focusing on the governance of climate change technologies and the role of precaution and participation in the mitigation of climate change. Her current research includes mechanisms for public participation in decision-making on wind energy infrastructure, and governance of geoengineering technologies.

Chiara joins Maria Lee, who has been co-director of the Centre since 2009. She replaces Richard Macrory, who has given 14 years service to developing the Centre as a focal point for the Faculty’s strength in law and governance of environmental protection, and will step down as a co-director at the end February. The Faculty is hosting a conference to celebrate Richard’s outstanding contribution to environmental law on 30 and 31 March.

UCL-KCL Postgraduate environmental law symposium

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 19 January 2015

This Symposium aims to provide environmental law and governance research students the opportunity to meet, present and discuss their work in a supportive environment. The sessions will be chaired by academics from UCL, KCL and beyond, all of whom are experts in the area. The Symposium is made possible by generous funding from the Dickson Poon School of Law, the UCL Faculty of Laws and the UCL Centre for Law and the Environment

More detail and registration at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/iii-ucl-kcl-postgraduate-environmental-law-symposium-tickets-14749372771

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).