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Brexit and Environmental Law

By Richard B Macrory, on 16 February 2017

The House of Lords European Union Committee published  its report “Brexit: environment and climate change” on February 14.  The wide-ranging report gives a valuable overview of policy and legal challenges that will emerge over the next few years.  It notes:

“Policy stability will be critselectical during the process of, and in the immediate aftermath of, withdrawing from the EU to avoid the emergence of legislative gaps and avoidable uncertainties in the sphere of environmental protection. Once the UK has withdrawn from the EU, environment legislation and policy will be more vulnerable to short term and less predictable changes at a domestic level”.

Professor Maria Lee, director of the Centre, and Professor Richard Macrory gave oral evidence to the Committee at the end of last year and their views feature prominently in the report.


House of Lords Report

Brexit-Environment-Climate-Change-Written-Oral-Evidence-Volume 2

House of Lords Macrory supplementary note 2

Brexit and Environmental Law

By Richard B Macrory, on 27 October 2016

On 26 October Professor Maria Lee, director of the Centre, and Professor Macrory were invited to give evidence to the House of Laws EU Sub-committee on Energy and the Environment. together with Professor Andrew Jordan of the University of East Anglia. The sub-committee is holding a short inquiry  explorinselectg the future of environment and climate change policy following the vote to leave the European Union.  The session explored a broad range of issues including the Great Repeal Bill, the possible implications on UK environmental law depending on different models of exit, enforcement issues, and the future role of international environmental law within the UK.   A video of the session can be found at http://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/9bf1e256-4143-4ec6-b8f9-05fadf1f54e1

All the written evidence and transcripts  of the oral evidence is now published : Brexit-Environment-Climate-Change-Written-Oral-Evidence-Volume 2

Professor Macrory was asked to provide a supplementary note on the challenges of ensuring a ‘roll-over’ of EU environmental legislation once EU laws no longer has independent legal force in the UK  :  House of Lords Macrory supplementary note 2



Annual Lecture 2016

By Maria Lee, on 30 August 2016

Offshore wind turbines

Local Publics and Offshore Wind Farms: constructing evidence in nationally significant infrastructure planning

Tuesday 11 October 2016, 18:00 – 19:00

Speaker: Professor Yvonne Rydin (UCL Barlett School of Planning)
Chair: Professor Maria Lee (UCL Laws)

About the lecture:

The regulation of offshore wind farms and other major renewable energy infrastructure provides an opportunity to examine the processes put in place by the Planning Act 2008. There has been little research on the operation of the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) regime to date and an ESRC-funded project (Rydin, Lee, Lock and Natarajan No. 164522) is currently filling this gap. The project focuses particularly on how local publics are involved and their representations constructed – or not – as evidence. In this lecture, research on the NSIPs regime, based on detailed reading of extensive documentation, supplemented with on-going interviews, focus groups and attendance at hearings, will be used to show how science and technology studies (STS) offers insights into how the voice of local publics is constructed, the way that knowledge claims are recognised as evidence, and the role that material artefacts play in the hearings and deliberations.

About the speaker:

Yvonne Rydin has been at UCL since 2006. Before that she was at the LSE in the Department of Geography and Environment for 16 years. Prior to that she taught at the University of East London (Departments of Applied Economics and Land Mangement) and De Montfort University (School of Land and Building Studies). Yvonne has a BA in Land Economy (with Economics Part 1) and a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning Studies. She is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and an accredited Mediator.

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Joanne Scott Awarded Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship

By Eva R Van Der Marel, on 1 September 2012

Joanne Scott, Professor of European Law, has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship for 24 months, effective 1 Sept 2012. These awards enable well-established and distinguished researchers in the disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences to devote themselves to a single research project of outstanding originality and significance, capable of completion within two or three years; and are particularly aimed at those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. Her project details are as follows:

The Global Reach of EU Climate Change Law: A Game-Changing Strategy?
The European Union (EU) has placed itself at the heart of the drive to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. It not only pursues this aim internally but also externally through the ‘global reach’ of its climate change law. It is this extra-territorial ambition of EU law that forms the heart of this research. Joanne Scott argues that the EU is pursuing an innovative strategy that she calls ‘contingent unilateralism’. Her project assesses the legality, equity and effectiveness of this strategy and argues that a new mode of global leadership is emerging that challenges both unilateralist and multilateralist interpretations of global governance.

For more information:
Joanne Scott

Cape Town and Climate Change

By Eva R Van Der Marel, on 1 April 2012

Professor Joanne Scott delivered a Faculty seminar at Cape Town University Law Faculty on 16 April 2012, entitled ‘EU Climate Change Unilateralism’. The paper on which the seminar was based will be published in the European Journal of International Law in May.