Environmental Litigation: Has the Green Revolution Reached the Courts?

The 2018 Conference addressed topics such as environmental rights and justice, the liability of multinational corporations and government accountability for emissions reductions.

Conference Summary

After the opening remarks of the Organising Committee. The first panel discussed the environmental rights and justice. Dr Emily Barrit,
Lecturer in Tort Law and a member of the Climate Law and Governance Hub at King’s College London, Dr Veerle Heyvaert, Associate Professor at the LSE Law Department and Dr Gitanjali Gill, from Northumbria Law School, addressed how the rights of privates individuals are involved in environmental litigations and especially environmental litigation in India and the Aarhus Convention.

Following the coffee break, Richard Macrory addressed the keynotes. Richard Macrory is Emeritus Professor at UCL and one of the most distinguished environmental lawyers in the UK. In 2005, Professor Macrory was appointed by the Cabinet Office to lead a review on regulatory sanctions applicable to business. Richard is also a barrister of Brick Court Chambers and has been awarded a CBE for services to the environment and law.

After the lunch, a breakout session on environmental cases hosted by Leigh Day took place. Dr Virginie Rouas, Legal Advisor for Milieu, David Roberts and Tom Short, both solicitors at Leigh Day and Sophie Marjanac, a lawyer at ClientEarth, addressed the legal strategies that are being used to hold multinational corporations to account for environmental damage.

The last panel of the day addressed the government accountability for emissions reductions. Nina Pindham, a Barrister specialising in planning and environmental law at No 5 Chambers, Adrienne Copithorne, a partner at Richard Buxton Environmental & Public Law and Gillian Lobo, Professor of Environmental Law at Northumbria University discussed how the government is being held to account for emissions reductions including greenhouse gas emissions and levels of air pollution.

To end the day there was opportunity for further discussion at a drinks reception for speakers and attendees

Our Thanks

We wish to thank the speakers who gave up their time to make the 2018 Conference such a success.

We should also like to thank the following organisations who offered financial assistance:

UCL
UKELA
Leigh Day
Queen Mary University of London
City University of London
No5
Francis Taylor Building
SOAS

Our Committee

Rayeesa Mahomed Chair
Frosina Antonovska Co-Chair
Arthur Hopkinson Sponsorship Coordinator
Alice Edinburgh Communications Officer
Nicholas Cheung Treasurer
Vienne Lau Marketing Officer
Bhagya Wickramasinghe Secretary
Nika Gorodnitskaya Logistics Officer

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