Save the date: Monday June 8th. Join us to celebrate World Oceans Day

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 6 May 2015

World Oceans DayRealising the potential of our oceans and coasts

Oceans and coasts are foundations of our well-being and economic prosperity. Oceans produce half of the oxygen we breathe and absorb 30% of the carbon dioxide emitted by human activity. Marine and coastal ecosystems regulate water quality, attract tourism, protect cities and communities from storms and flooding, and support the livelihoods of millions of people globally. Nearly 3 billion people obtain almost 20% of their animal protein from fish. Increasingly we look to oceans and coasts for new sources of raw materials, medicines, biotechnology, and renewable energy.

Many of the benefits and opportunities provided by oceans and coasts are being missed or lost. Marine and coastal ecosystems and the valuable goods and services they provide are being rapidly degraded as a result of pollution, overfishing, climate change, and habitat destruction.

On World Oceans Day, please join us in London to hear and discuss how governments, communities and the private sector can respond to these challenges, and how you can help.

  • When: 8th June 2015 @ 6:30PM
  • Where: Ondaatje Theatre, Royal Geographical Society, London SW7 2AR
  • Agenda: Short expert presentations, High-level panel discussion and Q&A Reception.
  • Details: This event is free of charge. Seating is limited to 500 guests. To reserve a seat and help us plan catering: worldoceansdaylondon.eventbrite.co.uk
  • Media contact: b.milligan (at) ucl.ac.uk

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.



By Centre for Law and Environment , on 8 April 2015

Richard Gordon QC, Visiting Professor with the Faculty and widely recognized as one of the leading contemporary barristers practicing in administrative and public law, recently took part in the conference to mark Richard Macrory’s 65th birthday.  His session was concerned with access to environmental justice, and Richard argued that judicial review before the Administrative Court was unlikely to meet the requirements of the Aarhus Convention.  Instead, for reasons of history, politics, and structure,  the Upper Tribunal within the reorganized tribunal system was likely to provide a more effective forum for Aarhus legal challenges than the conventional courts.  In view of the potential wider  interest in his analysis, Richard Gordon has made his Speaking Notes available on the Centre site.

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/

Using satellite data for environmental enforcement

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 28 March 2015

Technology isunnamed increasingly making it possible for us to go back in time to see what happened in a specific place at a particular moment. Archives of data from Earth observation technologies, including satellites, can provide historical evidence that would otherwise be unavailable. Looking ahead, these technologies will increasingly offer near real-time surveillance (including video surveillance from space).   Between 2010 and 2014 the Centre for Law and the Environment conducted ground-breaking research funded by the UK Space Agency, AHRC and ESRC on the potential of earth observation technologies as a enforcement tool.  The lead academics Ray Purdy (Hon Senior Research Associate with the Centre)  and Ray Harris (Emeritus Professor at UCL Dept of Geography) are now turning the research into practical reality with the launch of an independent consultancy Air and Space Evidence.  The initiative , the first of its kind in the world, received considerable publicity in the national press and on television.

The satellite image provides evidence of illegal waste operations



PIEL conference

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 5 March 2015

The Centre for Law and the Environment is delighted to be supporting (with others) the annual Public Interest Environmental Law conference again this year.

Satisfying consumption: Trade and the environment will take place 9-6 on Thursday 9 April – for tickets and details, see http://www.piel.org.uk/.

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 Environmental Law LLM Graduates : Keep in touch

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 19 February 2015

UCL Environmental Law LLM Graduates :   Keep in touch

Join our new Environmental Law Alumni group on LinkedIn

The UCL Environmental Law Alumni Group provides a forum for graduates of the LLM in Environmental Law at UCL Laws, helping you to reconnect with old friends, develop your network and become part of the wider community of UCL Laws alumni from around the world.

How to join


Sheila Jasanoff gives the Haldane Lecture

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 18 February 2015

The Centre is delighted to be associated with this year’s UCL STS Haldane Lecture, ‘The Constitutional Place of Science’ by Professor Sheila Jasanoff on 12 March 2015.


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.