Revisiting the Tragedy: Common goods in the 21st Century

Please check out the 2011 Poster and the 2011 Conference Report.
The conference will explore issues surrounding four resources of common concern: Water, Air, Forests and Biodiversity. The inspiration came from Garrett Hardin’s work, “The Tragedy of the Commons” circa 1968. Although generally held to be outdated, the concept speaks to the importance of effective, sustainable management of shared resources of common concern. As such this year’s conference will explore contemporary approaches and the multifaceted issues which arise in this pursuit through a variety of prisms: experts, practitioners, academics, activists and scientists.

Venue: The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Date: Friday, 1st April 2011
Available is the 2011 Programme.

9:00am – 9:30am Registration
9:30am – 9:35am Opening and Welcome
9:35am – 10:20am Key note speaker: Paul Kohler: Senior Lecturer in Law, SOAS
Critique of the Tragedy of the Commons theory
10:20am – 11:05am Kate Harrison: Solicitor, Harrison Grant Solicitors
Current situation and legal prospects regarding offshore oil drilling
11:05am – 11:30am COFFEE BREAK
11:30am – 12:15pm Simon Counsell: Director, Rainforest Foundation UK
The Tragedy of Common Misconceptions: Deforestation, climate and rights
12:15pm – 1:00pm Dan Glass: key organizer, So We Stand; a defendant on the Climate9 trial
Protection of biodiversity through the prism of activism
1:00pm – 1:45     LUNCH
1:45pm – 2:30pm Alan Andrews: Solicitor, ClientEarth
Legal responses to air issues
2:30pm – 3:15pm Speaker panel on Access to justice: speakers from ClientEarth, the Marine Society
3:20pm – 4:10pm Rob Cunningham: Head of Water Policy at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and Trevor Bishop: Head of Water Resources, UK Environment Agency
England’s wetlands under threat – a tragedy of the commons or regulation?
3:20pm – 4:10pm Andy Hickman: Oceans Campaigner, Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF)
Community surveillance and the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Sierra Leone
4:10pm – 5pm Julien Lamontagne-Godwin: Project Scientist, Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux International (CABI)
Desertification and its consequences on the agriculture
4:10pm – 5pm Teresa Anderson: International Advocacy Officer, Gaia Foundation and Abudulai Sulemana: Head of Strategic Partnerships, Gaia Foundation
Seed and Land – commons, community and empowerment.
4:10pm – 5pm
5:00pm – 5:30pm COFFEE BREAK
5:30pm – 6:30pm Panel Discussion- The sell off of ancient forests: a threat to the UK Commons?
Chair- Tom Levitt: News Editor, The Ecologist
Panelists: Niall Watson, Legal Director, WWF UK; Paul Kohler, Senior Lecturer in Law, SOAS
6:30pm – 7:30pm DRINKS RECEPTION

Teresa Anderson, International Advocacy at the GAIA FoundationAlan Andrews, Health & Environment Lawyer at ClientEarth

Trevor Bishop, Head of Water Resources from the UK Environment Agency

Simon Counsell, Director of the Rainforest Foundation UK

Rob Cunningham, Head of Water Policy at RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of the Birds)

Dan Glass, Environmental Activist

Kate Harrison, Solicitor at Harrison Grant
Andy Hickman, Campaigner at the EJF (Environmental Justice Foundation)

Paul Kohler, Lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Julien Lamontagne-Godwin, Project Scientist at CABI

Tom Levitt, News Editor at the Ecologist

Gita Parihar, Head of Legal at Friends of the Earth

Abudulai Sulemana, Head of Strategic Partnerships at the GAIA Foundation

Niall Watson, Programmes Legal Adviser at WWF UK

The event was organised by a Committee of environmental law students from the University of London in collaboration with students from the University of Kent and environmental justice students in Scotland. It was run with the support of an Advisory Board consisting of environmental law academics and key public interest environmental NGOs, including Capacity Global and Friends of the Earth UK. Matrix Chambers and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies were sponsors of the 2007 event.

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Allison Lindner Chair

Sophie Graham Treasurer

Joshua Roberts Speaker Co-ordinator

Charles Poncelet Speaker Co-ordinator

Virginie Rouas Stalls Co-ordinator

Elisa Estrada Holteng Stalls Co-ordinator

Kimberley Lobry Fundraising Co-ordinator

Marlene Charron-Geadah Fundraising Co-ordinator

Alessia Miranti Catering Co-ordinator

Sebastien Korwin-Wroblewski Catering Co-ordinator

Nisha Sehn Technical Co-ordinator

Stephanie Chan Communications Co-ordinator

Marcus Goffe General Support and Advisor

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

Ileana Papadopoulou, 2008 PIEL UK Committee Chair

Nic Vincett

Gen-Nam Chow

Carine Nadal

Ned Westaway

Jamie Kunz

David Wei

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