Alternative Forms of Environmental Governance

Please check out the 2012 Conference Poster.

The conference:

Venue: The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Date: Friday, 16th March 2012
Available is the 2012 Programme.

The focus this year will be “Alternative Environmental Governance”. With current governance systems struggling to address climate and social justice this is an extremely relevant and necessary debate. Approaches at the U.K., E.U. and global level will be explored. The focus will be on the future and with innovative approaches being discussed.
9:00am – 9.30am Registration
9.30am – 9.45am Welcome from the Committee
9.45am – 10.00am Richard Macrory QC, UCL Faculty of Law. Professor of Environmental Law
Opening and Welcome
10:00am – 10:50am Ole Pedersen, Newcastle Law School. Senior Lecturer in Law, Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes
UK Bill of Environmental Rights
10:50am – 11:10am Coffee break
11:10am – 12:00am Emma Dixon, Blackstone Chambers. Barrister
An Environmental Rights Commission for the UK
12:00am – 12:50pm Nicolas De Sadeleer, Université Catholique de Louvain, Faculty of Law. Professor of Environmental Law, Jean Monnet Chair
A Reinforced Economic Union: Are we at a Turning Point?
12:50pm – 2.00pm LUNCH
2.00pm – 3.00pm WORKSHOPS:
1) Melanie Strickland, [Wild Law UK/Occupy London] will talk on the need to shift values: exploring Wild Law.
2) Carine Nadal [Gaia Foundation] will look at the ways in which some indigenous communities govern themselves through Community Ecological Governance, based on Earth Jurisprudence.
3.00pm – 3:50pm Paul Horsman, TckTckTck/Greenpeace,
The global climate treaty? Political leadership vacuum Durban, pre-Rio
3:50pm – 4:40pm Polly Higgins Barrister, author and creator of new laws to protect the earth.
Earth Jurisprudence and Wild Law
4.40pm – 5.10pm COFFEE BREAK
5:10pm – 6:15pm Panel Discussion:
Chaired by Stephen Hockman QC [Six Pump Court] Benefits and Drawbacks of an International Court for the Environment
6:15pm – 7:30pm DRINKS

Nicolas De Sadeleer Professor of Law at Saint-Louis University
Nicolas de Sadeleer is professor of law at Saint-Louis University (Brussels), the Academy of Louvain and guest professor at UCL. Being based in Brussels, he plays an active part in debates on EU legal and institutional issues. In addition, he has taught law in French, English and Spanish in universities in Belgium (FUSL, UCL, VUB), Norway (Oslo), France (Paris I, Paris II, Paris XI, Lille Charles de Gaulle, Bordeaux IV, and Nantes), Spain (Bilbao), Peru (Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Peru), Thailand (AIT) and China (Wuhan, Guangzhou). He was the holder of a EU Marie Curie chair on risk assessment and risk management which was established at the law faculty of the University of Oslo from 2004 to 2005.
In addition, Nicolas de Sadeleer has been advising both international and national authorities on a wide range of environmental issues for more than twenty years. He has also worked with various law and consultancy firms.
Professor Nicolas de Sadeleer has been awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in EU law under the European Commission, a programme that promotes European knowledge and competence throughout higher education institutions worldwide.
Professor de Sadeleer’s activity at Saint-Louis as Jean Monnet Chair focuses on the analysis of the conflict between environmental law and the single market from a legal perspective. Funds from this position will be used in providing continuing support for existing academic activities and to create and publish new research. They will also support work to prepare conferences and a new summer course in Brussels. The dissemination of this project is based on the use of innovative pedagogical tools.

Emma Dixon Barrister at Blackstone Chambers

Polly Higgins

Stephen Hockman

Paul Horsman

Richard Macrory Barrister and Professor of Environmental Law at UCL Faculty of Law

Ole Pedersen Senior Lecturer in Law, Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes at Newcastle Law School



Sophie Graham
Alessia Miranti
Josh Roberts
Virginie Rouas
Nisha Sehn
Elisa Estrada
Allison Lindner
Kimberley Lobry
Ana Ruiz
Brittany Kaiser
Sebastien Korwin-Wroblewski
Marcus Goffe
Marlène Charron-Geadah
Charles Poncelet

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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