2020 Conference

Public Interest Environmental Law (PIEL) UK invites you to our 14th Annual Conference to explore the theme “Environmental law in a decade of action”. 

2020 marks the start of a decade of environmental action, with international and domestic law and policy honing in on 2030 as the deadline for sweeping legal, social, and economic change to avert environmental catastrophe and improve environmental justice: 

  • the IPCC gives us just 10 more years to achieve a rapid and far reaching reduction in emissions to keep global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels; 
  • the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development targets 2030 for the implementation of the 17 SDGs and 169 related targets; and  
  • Green New Deal movements in the US and Europe call for radical changes to our current economic, social and political models to make a just transition to zero net carbon by 2030. 

Mounting evidence suggests that if we fail to achieve the kind of transformative reform demanded by these agendas within the next 10 years, we risk increasingly severe weather events, major sea level rise, loss of biodiversity and changes in terrestrial climate, with huge environmental, human and justice implications. 

PIEL 2020 will explore law’s place in this decade of action, the role of different actors in creating the necessary change, and the outlook for environmental justice in the decade of change. 

The conference will be held on Friday 17th April 2020 at Cass Business School