2008 Conference

| 2nd Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference
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Power and the People: Getting the Right Mix? Energy Law from an Environmental and Social Justice perspective

The conference…

Available is the 2008 Programme.


9.15 – 9.45 Welcome and Registration
9.45 – 10.10 Professor Philippe Sands QC
Thinking About Access to Justice.
10.10 – 10.45 Gordon Main, Safe Haven
Discussing opposition of the development of liquefied natural gas (LNG) installations in Milford Haven, South Wales.
10.45 – 11.00 Maria Adebowale, Capacity Global
11.00 – 11.15 Tea and Coffee
11.15 – 11.50 Peter Roderick, Co-Director Climate Justice Programme
Carbon, Courts and Corporations: the exceptional possibility of Justice
11.50 – 12.25 Maria Cull: Partner with K & L Gate
Speaking on the consideration of voluntary principles, such as the Equator Principles and World Bank Safeguard Policies, in the context of energy policies.
12.25 – 13.15 Lunch (provided by Waitrose)
13.15 – 14.30 Workshop 1: International Equity and the Climate Change regime: an interactive workshop
MJ Mace (FIELD) and Dr Philippe Cullet (SOAS)
Workshop 2: Climate Change Governance: The Climate Change Bill and Carbon Trading
Richard Starkey (Core Researcher at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research) and Alex Cooke (DEFRA).
Workshop 3: Biofuelwatch
14.30 – 15.45 Workshop 4
Workshop 5: Taking the public interest into account in the procurement of new energy generation capacity.
Amanda Seaton (Energy Partner from CMS Cameron McKenna)
Workshop 6: Gordon Main / Welsh case
15.45 – 16.15 Tea and Coffee
16.15 – 16.45 A Transition Town Model for the New Energy Paradigm
Naresh Giangrande: Transition Town Totnes
17.00 – 19.00 Using the Energy of the Law to change the Energy of the World
Panel of experts from UK and US with diverse backgrounds discuss energy law issues via a web link.

Professor Philippe Sands QC – Lecturer at UCL
Professor of Laws and Director of the Centre for International Courts and Tribunals at University College London. He was co-founder of FIELD (Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development), and as Legal Director established the programmes for climate change and sustainable development.


Gordon Main – Spokesman for Safe Haven Community Group
Has opposed the development of liquefied natural gas (LNG) installations in Milford Haven, South Wales. This has led to several high profile legal cases with successes and failures.


Maria Adebowale – Capacity Global
Founder and Director of Capacity Global. Capacity is the only non governmental organisation and social enterprise in the UK focusing specifically on environmental justice.
Co founder of the UK Environmental Justice Network and also the main author of the Third Sector Climate Change Declaration. She has a Masters in Public International Law (human rights and environmental law) and has written a number of publications on environmental justice, social inclusion and regeneration. Chair of Waterwise, the Access & Inclusion Commissioner for English Heritage, a Matron of the Women’s’ Environment Network and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Peter Roderick – Co-Director Climate Justice
Co-Director of the Climate Justice Programme (CJP), an initiative hosted by Friends of the Earth International. He has worked in private practice, the oil industry, academia and, from 1996-2001, was the Legal Adviser to Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland. He was also a founder member of EarthRights in 1993 and is currently a trustee of the EarthRights charity.


Maria Cull – Partner with K & L Gate
Specialises in environmental law and has built a global practice. She did her LLM in Environmental Law at Pace University in New York. During her time in New York she took the New York Bar. Maria is a regular speaker at seminars and workshops. She has lectured on the development of environmental law in Asia at Chatham House. She has advised extensively on the application of the Equator Principles and IFC Social and Environmental Performance Standards to project financing in non-OECD countries.


Alex Cooke – DEFRA
One of the lawyers working on the Climate Change Bill.


M J Mace – Climate Change Programme Director, FIELD (Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development)


Phillip Pascoe – General Counsel for the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF)
The primary objectives of OCIMF are the promotion of safety and prevention of pollution from tankers and at oil terminals. OCIMF was granted consultative status in 1971 at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), The OCIMF currently has 59 companies as members.


Amanda Seaton - Energy Partner at CMS Cameron McKenna


Catherine Redgewell


Vanessa Pena
Vanessa is a graduate of LSE (UK), Columbia University (USA), Ecole Polytechnique (France) and MIT (USA), where she studied Environmental Science and Mechanical Engineering. She has extensive experience in environmental research, technical research, teaching and management. Recently, Vanessa has been the team leader and analyst in a G-8 research group, and environmental sustainability consultant to LSE. Vanessa speaks several languages, including French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish


Richard Starkey – TYNDALL
Core researcher at the Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research. The Center is based in Manchester and does research on the most important dimensions on climate change. For instance, developing comprehensive and systems-level approaches to decarbonising issues and pathways within the international arena and the UK. Richard’s research has been concentrating on carbon reduction instruments.


Naresh Giangrande
Naresh comes from a diverse professional background, in addition to being a Managing Director of his own landscape company for many years, he has also worked in films and has taught meditation. Naresh has lived and worked in many communities and was a trustee of the Braziers Park eco community until recently. Naresh co-founded Transition Town Totnes and then founded Transition Training. Naresh now works on the Totnes project and Transition training designing and delivering training both nationally and internationally.


Dr Andrew Boswell – BIOFUELWATCH
They are beginning a grass roots campaign for a moratorium on targets, subsidies and other incentives for agrofuels, including a suspension of the UK Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations and in Europe of the targets, obligations and incentives arising from the EU Biofuel Directive, and a moratorium on funding for agrofuels from large-scale monocultures, including through carbon market mechanisms, such as the Clean Development Mechanism or Joint Implementation under UNFCCC.

Below you will find links to various papers and resources from the 2008 conference.
International Center for Technology Assessment
Kivalina Suit (on damages for climate change, issued in California Feb 2008)
Article on International Liability to prevent Climate change
Fudging Climate Justice
Vanessa Pena- Power to the People – Promoting Micro-Investment in Distributed Generation in the European Union

 

 

Committee

Tereza Plancha Chair, Sustainability Officer
Ileana Papadopoulou Chair
Martha Halbert Company Secretary
Siu Mei Wong Treasurer, Website Coordinator
Katherine Tyler Programme Coordinator
Denise Daly Speaker Coordinator
Marcus Goffe Workshop Coordinator
Nina Wittich Stalls Coordinator
Sarah Walker Publicity Officer
Kati Höna Fundraiser Officer, Food Officer

Supporting Committee Members:

Ambika Hiranandani
Ariana Densham
Alex Webster


The Advisory Board

Maria Adebowale, Director of Capacity Global;
Dr. Jane Holder, Reader in Law, University College, London;
Donald McGillivray, Lecturer at University of Kent;
Phil Michaels, Legal Advisor, Friends of the Earth;
Carolyn Stephens, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine;
Nic Vincett;
Gen-Nam Chow;
Carine Nadal;
Ned Westaway;
Jamie Kunz