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    Paris Agreement on Climate Change – Its Legal Implications

    By Centre for Law and Environment , on 21 June 2016

    logoProfessor Macrory was key note speaker at a meeting organized in Brussels by the European Environmental Advisory Councils on 17 June to discuss the legal implications of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The EEAC is a grouping of official environmental advisory bodies across the EU, and includes the UK Climate Change Committee.

    Although the Paris agreement has been characterized as a commitment of effort by parties rather than  Kyoto style legally binding emission reductions , Professor Macrory’s analysis  demonstrated there were many legal obligations encased in the agreement. He went on to argue that the ambitious overall goals of the agreement were likely to influence the development of climate change law and litigation at national level.

    Professor Macrory’s power point :  Macrory Paris agreement

     

     

     

    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).

    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

    VISITING ACADEMIC FROM SOUTH AFRICA

    By Centre for Law and Environment , on 17 May 2013

    imagesProfessor Jan Glazewski  (‘Jan’) of the Institute of Marine and Environmental Law at the University of Cape Town  is visiting the Centre for Law and Environment at UCL during May 2013. Apart from normal teaching and research activities over the years, Jan was involved in the incorporation of an environmental right in South Africa’s Bill of Rights, served as an advisor to former Minister of Environmental  Affairs Mohammed Valli Moosa,  and has written the  country’s leading textbook on the subject, Environmental Law in South Africa (Lexis Nexis, Durban). More recently Jan served on a reference group to advise Minister Trevor Manuel in his capacity as co-chair of the Global Ocean Commission.

    While at the Centre, Jan will be working on a variety of issues including a regulatory regime for Carbon capture and storage in South Africa,  a case study of enforcement of illegal fishing activities in South African waters, entailing not only South African fishery law but also the US Lacey Act which provides for extra-territorial application of US laws to environmental offences committed abroad. He intends also to learn about teaching climate change law and has an interest in learning about blue carbon.

    VISITING ACADEMIC FROM DENMARK

    By Centre for Law and Environment , on 26 March 2013

    Helle Tegner Anker has joined the UCL Centre for Law and the Environment as affiliate academic from March until December 2013. Helle is professor of environmental law at Copenhagen University, Denmark, and co-ordinator of the Nordic Environmental Law, Governance and Science Network (NELN+).

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    During her stay she will be working on a project on the transposition and implementation of EU environmental law. The project will focus on overall trends and characteristics in EU environmental legislation and the implications for national legislation, analyzing in particular the UK experiences. The project is related to work commissioned by the Danish Ministry for the Environment. Helle’s research interests cover a broad range of environmental law topics, including access to justice, EIA, land use planning, nature protection, water quality, GMO’s, bioenergy and wind energy.  She is currently a member of the Danish Government Committee on Nature & Agriculture. For contact or further information: h.anker@ucl.ac.uk or hta@foi.ku.dk.