Enforcement of Environmental Law
By Richard B Macrory, on 21 October 2017
A major international conference was held in Oxford at the end of September on tackling environmental crime in Europe. Organized by three networks of bodies involvement in environmental enforcement – ENPE (European Network of Prosecutors for the Environment), EnvironCrimeNet (Police and Interpol), and IMPEL (environmental regulators), the conference was attended by over 100 delegates from Europe and other parts of the world including China, the US and Australia. Professor Macrory gave the after dinner speech, and provided a personal account of the challenges of developing and implementing a new vision for environmental regulatory sanctions that fully integrated criminal and administrative approaches. He concluded with a conjuring illusion demonstrating the difficulties of enforcement.