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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.


Climate Change Conference announced

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 2 November 2015

1kpp4cvg0yww5ajdZiwiYuUKMqcntEy64pjk-CD2Jne_PLZFvmOvpWecxUdtKC1lEgWiq1g=s105An important conference exploring the role of national courts and climate change issues is to be held on December 1st 2015 5.45 – 7.15pm.
The event is co-hosted by UK Environmental Law Association, Planning & Environment Bar Association, and Constitutional & Administrative Law Bar Association, and will be held at Mishcon de Reya LLP, Africa House, 70 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6AH


Tom Burke, chair E3G, Visiting Professor UCL Faculty of Laws
Sarah Kohl, Head of the Climate Change legal team at the Department of Energy & Climate Change
Professor Richard Macrory, Centre for Law and the Environment , University College London
Lord Carnwath, UK Supreme Court

Chair: James Maurici QC, Landmark Chambers

Registration at

Climate Change and the Courts

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 20 October 2015

Climate Change and the Rule of Law

Members of the Cimagesentre recently took part in an important three-day symposium on climate change and the rule of law held in London in September. In the build-up to the December Paris climate change negotiations, the symposium brought together judges, practitioners and academics from around the world to explore the role of courts and and the judiciary in handling climate change issues. Phillipe Sands gave a public lecture at the Supreme Court on the role of international courts, and climate change. In other symposium sessions, Maria Lee considered the challenges of adjudicating climate change in the private law context, while Richard Macrory presented thoughts on the UK Climate Change Act and the extent to which it could be subject to judicial review.

Further details of the event, which was hosted by the Supreme Court, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Dickson School of Law, Kings College, and Journal of Environmental Law can be found at

There is also a write-up of the symposium by Professor Chris Hilson of Reading University

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