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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.

World Forum Energy Summit – Enhanced Oil Recovery and Carbon Capture

By Centre for Law and Environment , on 29 January 2015

 

abu-dhabi-mosque-sheikh-zayed_36868_600x450-1Enhanced oil recovery is a technique for extracting the maximum amount of oil or gas from wells, and has been extensively used in the United States.  Carbon dioxide is the preferred choice of substance used in the process, and industry and governments are increasingly considering whether EOR can be combined with long term storage of carbon dioxide for climate change purposes in order to make the whole process more financially attractive.  Professor Macrory of the Centre for Law and the Environment was invited by the International Energy Agency to participate in a workshop held in Abu Dhabi on January  20 2015 as part of the World Forum Energy Summit. Professor Macrory’s presentation focussed on legal issues associated with combined EOR and long term storage,particularly on issues of classification and acceptance criteria of CO2 streams.

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

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CONFERENCE ANNOUNCED MARCH 2015

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

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

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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

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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.

http://www.globalccsinstitute.com/publications/legal-liability-and-carbon-capture-and-storage-comparative-perspective

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)