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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

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.
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


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.


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+).


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.