2021 Conference

2020 was a year for profound reflection having been unlike any other in living memory. Abrupt changes to everyday life and living as we know it that came with the spread of COVID-19 across the globe have rippled through every thread of the fabric of our society. The death of George Floyd and subsequent Black Lives Matter protests brought with them vital conversations about improving and enhancing equality of standing and opportunity internationally. The end of 2020 also saw the end of the Brexit transition period and the beginning of the UK’s new legal relationship with the European Union.

All these events have raised profound environmental questions, as well as social, political and economic ones. So after a tumultuous year for people and the planet, the PIEL committee are proud to present our 2021 conference — After the Storm: Environmental Law in 2021 and beyond

The conference took place on the 13th – 14th of April and you can find the details below.

Keynote Speakers

Opening Address

Lalanath de Silva is Head of the Independent Redress Mechanism of the Green Climate Fund, which investigates complaints and seeks to provide redress for grievances. Lalanath provided vision and leadership in helping civil society and government partners in over 50 countries advance reforms in environmental governance. He also focused on evaluating environmental damage, restoration and compensation from the 1990-91 Gulf War. In Sri Lanka, he established a legal unit and assisted in environmental compliance programs. As Co-Founder of two leading non-profit public interest law firms in Sri Lanka and as a legal practitioner, he litigated for and advised civil society and commercial organizations, litigants and clients. Lalanath also served as a member of the Sri Lanka Law Commission leading reforms in the areas of environmental law, transparency, tort liability and debt recovery by financial institutions.
Closing Address
Farhana is an internationally recognised environmental lawyer, climate change and development policy expert. She has advised leaders on climate negotiations and she is widely credited with getting the goal of net-zero emissions by mid-century into the Paris Agreement. As a Political Coordinator of the Extinction Rebellion, she played a key role in XR April 2019 protests, glueing herself to the Shell HQ offices in London. She also co-founded Camden Think & Do which supports communities by creating “pop-up” action hubs in high streets and public spaces. Farhana also serves as an advisor on social, racial and ecological justice in organisations such as Greenpeace UK or WWF UK.

Panels and Speakers


This panel will discuss ‘What can environmental law do to protect against future pandemics?



The panel will elaborate on ‘What can environmental law do to better safeguard and mitigate against inequalities and injustices?’



The speakers will be exploring ‘The priorities for environmental law after Brexit and what will the consequences mean for the UK


The right to participate in the conference is subject to attendees’ respectful behaviour towards the organizers, speakers and other attendees. We reserve the right to remove participants who do not meet this standard.