Planning for the 14th Annual PIEL UK Conference is currently in progress – watch this space!
In the meantime, feel free to peruse the speaker profiles of the attendants of the 2019 conference.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER : Prof. Liz Fisher
Professor Liz Fisher BA/LLB (UNSW) D Phil (Oxon) is Professor of Environmental Law in the Faculty of Law at University of Oxford and has been a Fellow of Corpus Christi since 2000. Her first degree was a joint Law/Arts Degree at the University of New South Wales with her Arts major in Science and Technology Studies. From this starting point, Fisher developed a passionate interest in the interface between administrative law, expert public administration, and environmental issues.
She researches in the areas of environmental law and administrative law exploring the interrelationship between law, administration and regulatory problems in different legal cultures. In particular, she focuses on the role of science in that interrelationship.
Her 2007 book, Risk Regulation and Administrative Constitutionalism, won the SLS Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship 2008. She is the author of Environmental Law: A Very Short Introduction (OUP 2017) and co-author of Fisher, Lange and Scotford, Environmental Law: Text, Cases and Material (OUP 2013). Liz Fisher is also the author of ‘Climate Change Litigation, Obsession and Expertise: Reflecting on the Scholarly Response to Massachusetts v EPA’ and co-authored ‘The Legally Disruptive Nature of Climate Change ‘.
Professor Fisher is also General Editor of the Journal of Environmental Law and has served as the editor of the Legislation and Reports Section of the Modern Law Review. She has won teaching awards and served as Vice Dean of the Law Faculty 2013-6.
Stephen Hockman QC
Stephen Hockman is a barrister at Six Pump Court. Stephen was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 1970 and became Queens’ Counsel in 1990. Stephen Hockman QC has specialised in all forms of regulatory law for approximately the last 30 years. He is a leader of exceptionally high standing who has a broad environmental, health and safety and planning practice encompassing judicial review, inquiries, arbitration, civil claims and criminal prosecution and defence work. His practice also encompasses environmental law including making and resisting public law challenges to environmental decisions, appearing for claimants/defendants in environmental cases in the common law courts, for example nuisance, and prosecuting and defending in major pollution cases. He has undertaken work in voluntary posts including as Former Chairman of the Environmental Law Foundation, Trustee of ClientEarth, Chairman of the International Court for the Environment (ICE) Coalition, and Advisory Board Member of the Department of Climate Law at the University of Strathclyde. Stephen has also published papers, including The Case for an International Court for the Environment (United Nations Association, 2010).
Brendon Moorhouse is an environmental and planning barrister at Guildhall Chambers. He is regularly involved in significant environmental and planning cases. In the last year this has included representing the Wildlife Trust, Friends of the Earth, RSPB and Woodland Trust in the M4 Newport Motorway Public Inquiry, supporting the Afonydd Cymru (Welsh Rivers Trust) complaint to the EU in relation to declining river water quality in Wales, as well as numerous cases involving planning and marine dredging activities in SACs. He is part of the legal team supporting Wild Justice and Legal Environmental Action for the Protection of People and Planet (LEAPPP). He is a visiting research fellow at UWE primarily working on international marine conservation issues.
Ellie Mulholland is the first Director of the Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative. In that capacity, she is responsible for expanding the initiative into new jurisdictions and coordinating further research on directors’ and trustees’ liability for climate risk. Ellie joined the CCLI in June 2018 after undertaking a Masters in Law and Finance at the University of Oxford. Until September 2017, Ellie was a corporate lawyer in the Energy, Resources and Infrastructure practice group at Allens, in Australia. As an Associate, she undertook transactional, regulatory and advice work in the resources, oil & gas, power and government sectors. While working at Allens, Ellie was also also Chair of the Allens Climate Change Interest Group and was a member on the Melbourne Footprint Committee.
Mark Davies joined Six Pump Court in September 2017. Prior to joining Six Pump Court, Mark worked as a paralegal for two years in commercial law firms, which gives him an excellent insight into their day-to-day workings. His practice is broad, as Mark appears in a variety of courts. Mark’s practice areas include Planning and Environmental Law. Mark spent three months of pupillage with William Upton observing a variety of planning matters including High Court work and local authority planning inquiries. From his time with Christopher Badger, Mark saw a thorough cross-section of environmental prosecution and defence work, as well as producing first-draft advices on various areas including the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. Mark has, in his own right, been involved in the prosecution of various minor planning and environmental offences by undertaking prosecution lists for London Borough Authorities and has recently prosecuted a three-day Crown Court trial for fly-tipping offences. On the advisory side, Mark has written advice for a global NGO on the impact of the Withdrawal Bill on environmental principles. He is a regular contributor to Chambers’ Weekly Environmental Law News. Mark is also a contributing author to Garner’s Environmental Law Encyclopaedia.
Sebastian Bechtel joined ClientEarth in May 2018 as Environmental Democracy Lawyer. Sebastian’s work focuses on the rights to access to information, public participation and access to justice as contained most prominently in the Aarhus Convention, an international binding treaty concluded by States of Europe and Central Asia. Before joining ClientEarth, he worked for the secretariat of the Aarhus Convention at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Previously, Sebastian has interned and worked for the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and the Independent Institute for Environmental Issues (UfU). He has been a fellow of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) and of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL).
Marc Willers QC
Marc Willers QC is Joint head of Garden Court Chambers. He was called to the Bar in 1987 and took silk in 2014. Described as “an encyclopaedia of planning law” in the Legal 500, Marc specialises in planning and environmental law; public and administrative law; human rights and discrimination and is the Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers.
Marc is regularly instructed to advise on challenges to the grant of planning permission for development that has an impact on the environment. Notably, he recently represented Mr Frackman in both the High Court and Court of Appeal in his high-profile judicial review challenge of the decision of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to grant Cuadrilla planning permission for fracking at two sites in Lancashire. Marc has also been instructed to advise on challenges to government environmental legislation and policy, including those relating to fracking and climate change.
Dr. Ernest Caldwell
Dr. Ernest Caldwell is a Professor at SOAS University of London where he teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules related to Environmental Law, Chinese Law, Taiwanese Law and Southeast Asian Law.
Dr. Ernest’s research is regionally focused on East and Southeast Asia and he is particularly interested in comparative environmental constitutionalism, history of environmental law in Asia, and wildlife law.
Ernest’s research has been published in edited volumes and several journals including the Law and History Review, Chicago-Kent Law Review, University of Illinois Law Review, Washington International Law Journal, Max Weber Studies, and Early China.
Tim Crosland is the Director of Plan B, and a barrister. Plan B supports the emergence of a networked, international movement of legal action to prevent catastrophic climate change. By ensuring those responsible for greenhouse gas emissions bear the costs of loss and damage, Plan B aims to increase the incentives for investment in clean technologies, harnessing market forces towards a better future for all. Tim brings to Plan B expertise in international human rights, environmental law and litigation, and an inter-disciplinary, partnership-based approach to tackling climate change. Tim previously worked as a barrister in private practice, and as a lawyer for various governmental organisations.
Anna Gretton is a final year Philosophy and Politics student at SOAS and is 20 years old. She was elected as SOAS’ Environmental Officer for the 2017/2018 academic year. She co-founded SOAS Environmental Movement and co-founded the Extinction Rebellion London Universities Affinity Group. She is also on the Steering Committee for Campaign Against Climate Change. In her spare time, she likes looking at trees. On the day of our conference, Anna will discuss how crucial it is to get students involved in tackling climate change at a grass-roots level. She will examine how students can get involved through activism such as Extinction Rebellion, Youth Strike 4 Climate and the divestment movement, all of which have groups which are collaborating across London universities. She will also discuss how we can be more sustainable as students.
Andrew Burr was a member of Atkin Chambers from 1983 until 2016, specialising primarily in construction and technology matters. He is an affiliated foreign lawyer with Varul (Vilnius, Lithuania), focusing on international dispute avoidance and resolution.
Andrew has written various publications, including the fifth edition of Delay and Disruption in Construction Contracts, and pursued various other educational projects. He recently achieved substantial success for clients under a domestic CIMAR arbitration and at the TCC in Leeds.
Andrew acted as co-counsel in Germany in various English language DIS arbitrations, involving substantial commercial disputes between major international hotel chains. He also sat with Swiss co-arbitrators as a party-appointed arbitrator on a complex ICC dispute between a Spanish sub-contractor and a German principal contractor, involving the replacement of a Caribbean electricity supply system and the analysis of culpability for delay to completion. Previously, he represented Caribbean resort owners on the enforcement in England of an LCIA award.
Horatio Waller is a Barrister at Francis Taylor Building. Horatio’s main areas of interest include Planning and Environment, Compulsory Purchase and Compensation, Infrastructure, Rating/Council Tax, Local Government, Village Greens and Commons, Licensing, Public law, Human Rights and EU law, and Anti-social behaviour law. His recent work includes the landmark case concerning the Heathrow expansion, Various Claimants v Secretary of State for Transport (Heathrow Runway 3) . Horatio was instructed as junior counsel by the Secretary of State to assist with defending applications for judicial review against the decision to designate an Airports National Policy Statement supporting a third runway at Heathrow.
Dr. Feja Lesniewska
Dr. Feja Lesniewska is a Senior Teaching Fellow and the Covenor for the Climate Change and Energy Law and Policy Module at SOAS. She is also a Research Associate at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) department at University College London. She is a researcher on the PETRAS project focusing on international governance, security of critical infrastructure and the Internet of Things (IoT). Her PhD was in international law-making processes in relation to forests based on fieldwork in China. She has also conducted fieldwork in West Africa, East Asia and Russia on a range of forest related issues including the illegal timber trade, community tenure rights and REDD+. She has been a consultant to leading environmental NGOs on forest related law and policy including ClientEarth, the Institute for International Environment and Development and Forest Peoples Programme. Her current research focuses on the intersection between disruptive technologies and environmental law. Feja co-founded the Law Environment and Development Centre and is a member of the Centre’s Journal, Law Environment and Development (LEAD) Editorial Board.
Simon Milnes is a Barrister at 20 Essex Street Chambers who specializes in complex international litigation and arbitration. He enjoys a broad commercial practice, while also specializing in other fields including Energy & Natural Resources, and Environment & Human Rights. Simon has extensive experience in energy-related disputes and has been consistently ranked as a recommended practitioner in this field. Simon complements his energy-related work with an interest in disputes concerning environmental impacts. Simon recently advised a global NGO on issues of banking confidentiality relating to the controversial Adani mine / port development in Queensland Australia. In 2017, Simon addressed the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in oral submissions in the proceedings leading to its landmark advisory opinion on Environment and Human Rights, published in February 2018. His publications include ‘The Rise of Environmental Law in International Dispute Resolution: Inter-American Court of Human Rights issues Landmark Advisory Opinion on Environment and Human Rights’ and ‘How international law could help victims of environmental degradation’.
Farhana Yamin is a Climate Change Lawyer and Activist at Extinction Rebellion, a campaign which aims to promote fundamental change of our political and economic system to respond to climate breakdown. The Founder and CEO of Track 0, Ms. Yamin heads this not-profit initiative which aims to support governments, businesses, communities and cities undertake actions that will help get global emissions on track to zero emissions by mid-century by providing thought leadership, research and advisory services. Since 2009, Ms. Yamin has also been a visiting Lecturer of Laws at UCL. She has previously worked as Special Advisor to European Commissioner for Climate Action.
Professor Richard Templer
Professor Richard Templer works in the Grantam Institute, a Global Institute for Climate Change and Environment at Imperial College London, as their Director of Innovation and holds the Hofmann Chair in Chemistry.
Since 2007 Professor Templer has been active in the creation of initiatives to drive innovation that combats the causes and effects of climate change. In 2009 Professor Templer was part of a successful bid to the European Institute for Innovation and Technology to create a Climate Knowledge Innovation Community. In 2010 he became the Director of the UK arm of Climate-KIC and Director of Education for the whole KIC. He and his team created a very successful programme of education to inspire climate innovators and entrepreneurs and developed and ran what became the world’s leading Cleantech Accelerator.
In 2015, Professor Templor stood down from the Climate-KIC and joined the Grantham Institute as their Director of Innovation. He is working with Professors Jo Haigh and Martin Siegert, the Co-Directors of the Grantham on founding a world-leading co-location centre for climate change research, education and innovation.
Professor Eloise Scotford
Professor Eloise Scotford’s research covers many aspects of environmental law, within and across jurisdictions, with a particular focus on UK law, EU law, Australian law, and international law. She is a leading scholar on the legal treatment of environmental principles, air quality law, climate change governance, waste law, and legislative and adjudicative processes as they relate to the environment.
She has published in both generalist legal journals and specialist environmental law journals, and edited collections on strategic environmental assessment and technology and the law. At the core of Professor Scotford’s research is an exploration of the richness, variety and openness of legal institutions, doctrines, and cultures in responding to and accommodating environmental problems.
Professor Scotford has also been a Trustee of the Council of Management of the UK Environmental Law Association and currently sits on UKELA’s Brexit Taskforce. She has advised Defra, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Environment Agency on matters of environmental law. She is currently an Associate Member of Landmark Chambers, a member of the Avosetta group of EU environmental law experts, and Analysis Editor for the Journal of Environmental Law.
Rosa Curling is an international and UK human rights and public law solicitor. She is an expert in both areas of law, having advised, and led litigation, on issues such as freedom of information, privacy, anti-bribery, EU law, torture, immigration and refugee law, modern day slavery, right to life, right to death, welfare benefits, access to education services, death penalty, access to health services, the rule of law, international aid, unlawful detention, climate change and environmental law. Some of her previous cases include: Intervention on behalf of Friends of the Earth in the appeal of three anti-fracking protestors who were given custodial sentences after an environmental protest in 2017 where Friends of the Earth argued that the sentences (were reduced to conditional discharges on appeal) were unlawful, and WWF and Cornerhouse v. Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which challenged the decision taken by the Secretary of State to provide financial support and assistance to Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (SEIC) for a project which had already caused significant environmental damage and endangered the habitats of the Western Pacific Gray Whale. A few months after issuing proceedings, SEIC withdrew its application for support and assistance from the UK government.
Dr. Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli
Dr Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli is Lecturer in the Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London. Prior to taking her position, Leslie-Anne was Philomathia Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge. Leslie-Anne is a public international lawyer, with expertise in international environmental law. She is particularly interested in understanding the nature and content of its principles, and in particular of the principle of prevention that requires that States take measures to avoid environmental damage. Leslie-Anne’s research also looks at the energy transition to a low-carbon economy from an international and comparative law perspective. She is also committed to highlighting the role of law in the design of energy policies, including the importance of participatory mechanisms to build inclusive energy systems. She is the Project Leader of the Platform on International Energy Governance, a network of excellence that fosters the conduct of research in unexplored areas of international energy governance.
Ketan Jha is currently a PhD Student at the University of Sussex. He did in 2015 his LLB on Law with American Studies at University of Sussex and his LLM in 2016 on Environmental Law (Distinction) at University of Sussex as well.
His thesis on Climate Change Litigation & Environmental Legal Theory focusses on the potential role of climate change lawsuits, broadly construed, in altering fundamental legal doctrines such as standing and causation, with special consideration for what these changes might mean for how we think about environmental law as a discipline. The project further examines the crucial role of judicial interpretation of increasingly complex scientific data and modelling techniques and how they interface with these inchoate doctrinal developments.
His academic/research interests outside of climate change include water, sewage regulation, animal welfare, human rights, administrative law, law & the humanities, financial services regulation, and legal marginalia.