Environmental Law Lectures in association with Brodies LLP

Edinburgh Law School in association with Brodies LLP are pleased to announce our Environmental Law Lecture Series for 2017/18.

These events are free but registration is required. 

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1. The Charles Smith Memorial Lecture - Trade and Climate Policy

Speaker: Henry Derwent, former President of IETA

World trade law was created before climate concerns became a matter of major political significance. Acknowledging global external costs associated with the production of traded goods and services does not fit easily into the international legal framework for trade. Over the years, adjustments have been made to texts, case-law and institutions, but there are still significant obstacles in the way of states ensuring their trade will not be undercut if they take the lead in recognising climate externalities. Attempts to free trade in environmental goods and services have bogged down, and the idea of using of trade remedies to incentivise compliance with climate objectives is as controversial as ever. Even where subsidies with obvious adverse climate effects appear to be in breach of WTO principles, no action is taken. Today members of the trade and climate “tribes” are beginning to talk to each other, but finding, let alone implementing, agreement on changes is a huge puzzle. Henry Derwent will draw on many years’ experience of negotiation and policy-making to see how it might be solved or worked round.

31st January 2018 - 18.00, The Screening Room, 50 George Square.

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2. The Transformation of Environmental Regulation Purpose, Strategies and Principles of Transnational Governance

Speaker: Dr Veerle Heyvaert, Associate Professor (Reader) of Law, LSE

7 March 2018 - 18.00, The Project Room, 50 George Square

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3. Deep Seabed Mining in the Area: Emerging Legal, Environmental and Economic Challenges

Speaker: Dr Kristina Gjerde, IUCN Senior Policy Adviser

19 March 2018 - 18.00, The Project Room, 50 George Square

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