Satisfying Consumption: Trade and the Environment

Consumption and trade continue to increase, creating unprecedented environmental challenges. The controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently being negotiated behind closed doors threatens to hand more power to corporations and lower regulatory standards between the EU and the US, at untold environmental cost. As we enter a new era of trade, do we know the full implications of our actions?

Join us at the 9th Annual PIEL Conference for an engaging day of panels, distinguished speakers and networking opportunities organised by a Committee of environmental law students from London universities.

09:00 – 09:25 REGISTRATION
09:25 – 09:30 Welcoming Remarks
09:30 – 10:40 Panel Session: "TTIP: A Dirty Deal?"
Speaker: Samuel Lowe (Campaigner, Friends of the Earth)
Speaker: Emanuel Adam (Policy and Public Affairs Manager, BritishAmerican Business)
Speaker: Alan Bates (Barrister, Monckton Chambers)
Moderator: Professor William Howarth (Professor of Environmental Law, Kent Law School)
10:40 – 11:10 Threats to the Rule of Law: TTIP, Sovereignty and the Judiciary
Speaker: Sam Fowles (Queen Mary University of London)
11:10 – 11:30 BREAK
11:30 – 12:00 Ghosts at the Feast: TTIP and Third Countries
Speaker: Ruth Bergan (Coordinator, UK Trade Justice Movement)
12:00 – 13:00 Keynote Speech: "Trade and the Environment in the EU"
Speaker: Professor Nicolas de Sadeleer (Jean Monnet Chair Holder, Professor of Environmental Law, Facultes Universitaires Saint-Louis, Brussels)
13:00 – 14:00 LUNCH (Vegetarian/Vegan)
14:00 – 14:45 Reconciling Trade and the Environment: A Political Challenge
Speaker: Amelia Womack (Deputy Leader, Green Party)
14:45 – 15:20 TTIP: Climate Change Catastrophe?
Speaker: Tom Burke CBE (Chairman, E3G)
15:20 – 15:40 CITES and the Illegal Trade in Endangered Species
Speaker: Shruti Suresh (Wildlife Campaigner, Environmental Investigation Agency)
15:40 – 16:00 BREAK
16:00 – 17:00 Panel Session: "Seeing the Wood for the Trees: Effective Action against Deforestation"
Speaker: Clotilde Henriot (Law and Policy Advisor, Client Earth)
Speaker: Jozef Weyns (Law and Policy Advisor, Client Earth
Speaker: Leonie Lawrence (Senior Project Officer, Global Canopy Programme)
Moderator: Professor William Howarth (Professor of Environmental Law, Kent Law School)
17:00 – 18:00 Panel Session: "Consumers, Products and Packaging: Aspects of Waste Management"
Speaker: Piotr Barczak (Policy Officer for Waste, European Environmental Bureau)
Speaker: Professor Margaret Bates (Professor of Sustainable Wastes Management, University of Northampton)
Speaker: Mariel Vilella (Associate Director, Zero Waste Europe)
Moderator: Professor William Howarth (Professor of Environmental Law, Kent Law School)
18:00 Closing Remarks and DRINKS RECEPTION

Prof. Nicolas de Sadeleer
Saint Louis University Brussels

Professor Nicolas de Sadeleer is a full-time Professor of Environmental Law at Saint Louis University, Brussels, and a guest professor at UCL. He is also a legal advisor to Client Earth. Being based in Brussels, Professor de Sadeleer plays an active part in debates on EU legal and institutional issues. He is the author of Environmental Principles (OUP, 2002) and EU Environmental Law and the Internal Market (OUP, 2014). From 2004 to 2005 he held a EU Marie Curie chair on risk assessment and risk management at the law faculty of the University of Oslo. In 2010, Professor de Sadeleer was awarded the Jean Monnet Chair, focusing on the conflict between trade and the environment under the Jean Monnet Action scheme of the European Commission.

Tom Burke CBE


Tom Burke is the Chairman of E3G and an Environmental Policy Adviser to Rio Tinto plc. He is a Visiting Professor at Imperial and University Colleges, London and a Trustee of the Green Alliance having served as Director from 1982-91. He was a Senior Advisor to the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change 2006 -12. He was appointed by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to chair an Independent Review of Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland from 2006 -7. He was a member of the Council of English Nature, the statutory advisor to the British Government on biodiversity from 1999 – 2005. During 2002 he served as an advisor to the Central Policy Group in the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office. He was Special Adviser to three Secretaries of State for the Environment from 1991-97 and was formerly Executive Director of Friends of the Earth and a member of the Executive Committee of the European Environmental Bureau 1988-91. In 1993 he was appointed to United Nations Environment Programme’s `Global 500′ roll of honour. In 1997, he was appointed CBE for services to the environment.

Amelia Womack

Green Party

Amelia was elected as the Deputy Leader of the Green Party in September 2014. She is also a member of the Young Greens’ 30 Under 30 programme to develop young activists and candidates. She is originally from Newport in Wales and now lives in Lambeth in South London, where she was a European Parliament and Borough Council candidate earlier this year. She holds a BSc in Environmental Biology and an MSc in Environmental Technology. She was heavily involved in the London re-elect Jean Lambert campaign and has over eight years of Green Party activism working on issues such as TTIP, housing and green jobs as well as youth engagement.

Samuel Lowe
Friends of the Earth

Sam is the lead campaigner and spokesperson on trade issues for Friends of the Earth. As one of the central figures in the UK civil society movement against TTIP he has participated in public debates with MPs/MEPs and provided expert witness to the Parliamentary Environmental Audit Select Committee on the potential environmental impacts of TTIP.

Prof. William Howarth
Kent Law School

We welcome Professor William Howarth, who will chair this 9th Annual PIEL UK Conference.

William Howarth is Professor of Environmental Law at Kent Law School and co-convenor of its LLM programmes in Environmental Law and Policy, and International Environmental Law. Among other editorial work, he is editor of the Journal of Water Law and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Environmental Law, and Environmental Law and Management. He is an active member of the International Association for Water Law, the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association, the Agricultural Law Association and the Institution of Fisheries Management. His external appointments also include membership of the ESRC Research Assessment Panel and AHRC Peer Review College, fellowships of the Royal Society of Arts and Institute of Water and Management, and serving as honorary legal advisor to the Institute of Fisheries Management.

Piotr Barczak,
European Environmental Bureau

Piotr Barczak is a Policy Officer for Waste at the European Environmental Bureau. He was born in Poland in 1984. Having studied in Poznan and Bremen, Piotr holds a Masters degree in Geography with a specialisation in Spatial Management and Regional Development. He also has a diploma in Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change.

Prof. Margaret Bates,
University of Nottingham

Margaret Bates is a Professor of Sustainable Wastes Management at the University of Northampton. She has been involved in wastes management for 25 years and undertook her PhD on landfill microbiology. She is a Chartered Waste Manager, an International Wastes Manager and a Chartered Environmentalist. Margaret is currently chair of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) Scientific and Technical Committee, and in 2016 will become President of CIWM. She was a member of the WEEE Advisory Board group looking at the options for IPR in the UK. Currently she is working with a group of stakeholders to develop solutions to the ewaste problems in developing countries.

Jozef Weyns

Jozef joined the ClientEarth London office in September 2012, as Law and Policy Advisor, Climate and Forests. His focus is on ClientEarth’s natural resources and forests projects in Ghana. Jozef spent three years in Burundi working with the Belgian Development Agency on a seed value chain programme. He has experience of law reform processes in Africa, as well as agriculture, development and conservation issues, and has previously worked for the European Parliament on environmental advocacy.
Jozef is Belgian; he holds a masters degree in law and speaks Dutch, French, English, German, and Spanish.

Clotilde Henriot,

Clotilde joined ClientEarth’s London office in January 2013 to support the Africa Forests team. After studying for a master degree in business law at University Paris Sud and passing her lawyer’s certificate at the Law School of Paris, Clotilde joined Paris law firm called NMCG in 2009. At NMCG Clotilde worked in both the business and employment law departments.

Ruth Bergan
The Trade Justice Movement

Ruth Bergan is the Co-ordinator of the Trade Justice Movement, a national network that campaigns for socially and environmentally sustainable global trade. The role encompasses advocacy at a senior level in the UK and the EU, managing relationships with sixty member organisations, analysing complex trade policy and developing innovative areas of work.

Sam Fowles FRSA
Queen Mary University of London

Sam Fowles researches international law and politics at Queen Mary University of London and is Chair of the Rule of Law Project.

Sam is currently conducting a research funded by Miscon de Reya on the constitutionality of TTIP and CETA in the UK. As part of this project he has been a Visiting Associate at Georgetown Law Centre in Washington DC and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Sydney. His final report will launch on the 24th of April.

Mariel Vilella
Zero Waste Europe/GAIA

Mariel Vilella is Associate Director and Climate Policy Campaigner with Zero Waste Europe/GAIA – Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives. Based in Manchester, UK, she leads the Alliance’s work on zero waste project guidelines for major sources of climate finance, and international and European climate and energy policy with impacts on the waste sector. In 2011, she was the lead author of the report ‘The European Union’s Double Standards on Waste and Climate Policy’. Within Zero Waste Europe, she assists with the management and the coordination of the network activities in collaboration with GAIA members worldwide that are promoting zero waste policies and practices with special emphasis on the participation and inclusion of waste workers and communities. Ms. Vilella has training in Sociology and Communication Studies, and has broad experience in environmental issues, publications development, and research.

Leonie Lawrence

Global Canopy Programme

Leonie works in the Drivers of Deforestation programme at Oxford-based think tank, Global Canopy Programme (GCP). GCP works to demonstrate the scientific, political and financial case for safeguarding the world’s tropical forests as natural capital that underpins water, food, energy, health and climate security for all.

Alan Bates
Monckton Chambers

Alan specialises in EU, Competition, and Public Law. Many of his public law cases involve the interpretation and application of EU legislation in the context of economic regulation. He is the author of chapters in two leading practitioner texts dealing with the application of the EU State Aid rules. Alan also has an interest in environmental law, and has advised Ofgem and the Environment Agency in relation to regulatory issues arising in the context of energy generation and transmission. Alan is a trustee of Lawyers for Animal Welfare.

Shruti Suresh
Environmental Investigations Agency

Shruti Suresh is a wildlife campaigner at the Environmental Investigations Agency. She works mainly on issues concerning international law, illegal trade in wildlife, environmental crime and enforcement.

Prior to joining EIA, Shruti worked in a public interest law firm in Washington D.C. renowned for pioneering key litigation for the protection of wildlife. Her previous experience also includes working as an associate in a prominent corporate law firm in India.




Ali Nihat & Josceline CluffChair

Rebecca Wilkinson Secretary

Samm Lewis Treasurers

Nicolo Baldoli Speakers Co-ordinator

Andrea Cuba Speakers Co-ordinator

Inga Bach Speakers Co-ordinator

Mei Yan Website/Graphics Officer

Giulia Njonga Media/Communications Officer

Raul Rodriguez App Developer

Robert Gadd Venue and Logistics Officer

Emma Lui Senior Advisor

Special Thanks to
Maryne Gouhier
Naho Toivonen
Nicky Gellineau
Sofie Ranfelt
Alex Gadd
Emanuele Salvatori
Tsz Hong Law

Advisory Board

Richard Macrory

Carolyn Stephens

Jane Holder

Vicki Elcoate

Donald McGillivray

Ned Westaway

Jake White

David Wei

Carine Nadal

Maria Adebowale

James Kunz

Emma Montlake

Gen-Nam Chow

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