By Centre for Law and Environment , on 18 December 2014

A special conference to mark Professor Richard Macrory’smacrory_sm

contribution to the development of environmental law

Effective Enforcement of Environmental Law

at the UCL Faculty of Laws

Monday 30 March 2015 from 2 – 6pm and
Tuesday 31 March 2015 at 9am – 2pm

More about the symposium:


Centre Members in 2015 Bar Guide

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 16 November 2014

uk-bar-2015Two members of the Centre who practice at the Bar have been ranked under environmental law in the latest edition of Chambers Guide.

Professor Philippe Sands QC (Matrix Chambers) is described as :

An expert in public international law. He regularly represents states in the ICJ, and a number of his cases have an environmental angle to them.
Expertise: “In an international tribunal he will know all of the judges – he is a world leader in his field.”

Professor Richard Macrory Hon QC (Brick Court Chambers) is described as :

An experienced barrister who combines his practice with a role as a professor of environmental law at University College London. He has acted in cases in the Court of Appeal and House of Lords.
Expertise: “He has a wealth of academic expertise that proves to be invaluable when you instruct him.”

MPAs and climate change at IUCN World Parks Congress

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 16 November 2014

As a component of the Centre’s project investigating legal implications of blue carbon, Ben Milligan and members of the Marine Climate Change Program at Conservation International will convene a panel discussion at the  IUCN World Parks Congress. The panel (Tuesday 18th November at 8:30AM) is entitled: Marine Protected Areas – Their Potential and Limits in an Era of Climate Change. It will feature contributions from marine protected area managers from Australia, Kiribati, and The Philippines. Dr Milligan will provide a broad global assessment of the relevant strengths and weaknesses of MPAs in comparison to other policy tools.

The IUCN World Parks Congress is a landmark global forum on protected areas, convened once every ten years. Building on the theme “Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions”, it presents, discusses and create original approaches for conservation and development, helping to address gaps in the conservation and sustainable development agenda. IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organisation, with more than 1,200 member organizations including 200+ government and 900+ non-government organizations.

London Rubbish Tour

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 10 November 2014


On November 5 LLM environmental law students were taken on a walking tour around the Isle of Dogs looking at how London has handled waste over the centuries.

The tour was led by Rosie Oliver, former Government environmental lawyer and now running Dotmakers Tours, providing specialized walks with an environmental theme.

The group completed the tour by using the pedestrian tunnel under the Thames to Greenwich, ending up on the foreshore of the Thames (photo) where we were able to find oyster shells and bits of clay pipes discarded several hundred years ago.

Richard Macrory on Better Business Regulation

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 29 October 2014

LOGOOn October 16 Richard Macrory was a key note-speaker at a Whitehall conference organized by Westminster Business Forum to consider new initiatives in business regulation and enforcement. Professor Macrory highlighted three important recent developments – the new Regulators Code introduced by the Government last April, the proposed new legal duty on regulators ,contained in the Deregulation Bill currently before Parliament, to have regard to the desirability of promoting economic growth, and the proposed Small Business Appeal Champion contained in the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Bill.

Proceedings of the event, ‘Business Regulation and Enforcement – industry involvement, local delivery and key policy developments’ will be published by the Forum : http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/forums/publications.php?fid=westminster_business_forum

International Climate Change in Texas

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 29 October 2014

photoRichard Macrory, director of the UCL carbon capture Legal Programme, spoke at GHGT-12 in Austin Texas on October 6. More than 1200 experts from all round the world attend the conference which is held every two years under the auspices of the Internal Energy Agency.


Richard Macrory and Ian Havercroft (Global carbon Carbon Storage Institute, and Hon Senior Research Associate, UCL) presented their new report on legal liability issues relating to carbon capture and storage.


New Edition of Regulation, Enforcement and Governance

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 29 October 2014

REGCOVERAn updated edition of Richard Macrory’s most influential writings was published by Hart Publishing in October. Regulation, Enforcement and Governance includes new articles on the Climate Change Act, regulatory sanctions, the Environmental Tribunal, and analyses of recent environmental law cases.


The first edition was well-received – “..an extremely important and valuable edition to the environmental lawyer’s bookshelf’ (Journal of Environmental Law), “..It should be essential reading for anyone concerned with institutional reform, transparency and accountability in the UK and EU’ (Cambridge Law Journal)

First Environmental Law Alumni Reunion

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 29 October 2014

At the end of September, the Centre organized its first reunion for former LLM studentswho studied environmental law at UCL. The directors of the Centre, professor Maria Lee and Professor Richard Macrory welcomed some 40 alumni from both the UK and a number of other European countries. They are to be found working in a great range of sectors – industry, government, private practitioners, and non-government organization, and former students Liz Hatton (DEFRA Legal) and Josh Roberts (ClientEarth) gave short talks about their current work.


New CCS Legal Liability Report

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 29 October 2014

COVERThe Global Carbon Capture Institute and the UCL Carbon Capture Legal Programme have published a new report examining legal liability issues connected with carbon capture and storage.

Legal Liability and Carbon Capture and Storage authored by Ian havercroft (GCCSI) and Professor Richard Macrory (UCL) argues that legal liability issues remain critically important for the commercial development of carbon capture and storage. A well-characterised legal and regulatory regime should perform a number of functions – it can clarify operators’ potential liabilities, promote high standards, and help to encourage investment; and can raise public confidence in the technology.

The report focuses on three jurisdictions with a well developed legal regime and governments broadly supportive of CCS (Alberta, Canada; Victoria, Australia, and the United Kingdom within the European Union), and explores the legal principles and issues relevant to civil (tort) liability, liability under emissions trading regimes, and administrative liability. and liability for emissions trading.

The report notes that each regime contains provisions concerning the transfer of liabilities to the state following cessation of storage activities, but The three regimes offer quite contrasting approaches when considering the criteria necessary for effecting a transfer; including the necessary time-limits post-cessation of operations before a transfer may take place, and the actual responsibilities and liabilities that may be transferred.



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).