Students on the LLM in Global Environment and Climate Change Law have been participating in a series of expert seminars led by international and European environmental law practitioners.
The students had the opportunity to learn from and network with key actors involved in the development and implementation of global environmental law including attorneys, and representatives from NGOs, public authorities, think tanks, and international organisations.
Jacquelyn MacLennan, an executive partner at the law firm White &Case spoke to students taking the European Environmental Law course, organised by Dr Apolline Roger.
Mrs MacLennan discussed the EU’s controversial decision to regulate Bisphenol A ‑ a case that she worked on as the representative of industry.
The European Environmental Law students also heard from Anaïs Berthier, a lawyer at the NGO ClientEarth. Sheshared insights into public-interest litigation to improve access to environmental information at EU level.
In addition, the complexities and challenges of further developing and putting in practice EU water law were discussed with Nicolas Notaro, the Deputy Head of Unit on Water Protection at the Directorate-General on the Environment of the European Commission.
Students on the European Climate Change and Energy Lawcourse, also organised by Dr Apolline Roger, benefitted from the expertise of Dr. Thomas Deleuil, a legal drafter attached to the Climate Unit of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairsand a member of the EU negotiating team in the multilateral process developing a new climate agreement. Students had the opportunity to discuss the details of the negotiation process, including insights that only an “insider” can provide.
The students also had the chance to analyse the EU carbon market under the guidance of Benoît Leguet, head of research at the French think-tank CDC Climate and an elected member to the Kyoto Protocol Chair of Joint Implementation - Accreditation Panel.
Students on the Comparative Environmental Law course, organised by Dr Elisa Morgera, had the opportunity to hear from Dr Lorenzo Cotula, principal researcher on law and sustainable development at the think-tank International Institute for Environment and Development.
He spoke about the linkages between international and on-the-field research on land rights, social justice and environmental protection.
In addition, the students also benefitted from a preview of a global database comparing and ranking national legislation on public participation in environmental affairs developed by the think tank World Resources Institute.
Students were also able to discuss related challenges and lessons learnt with Dr Lalanath daSilva, Director of the Environmental Democracy Practice of the Institute.
Climate negotiation experts
Students on the International Climate Change Law course, organised by Professor Alan Boyle, had an opportunity to gain first-hand insights on the work of the Kyoto Protocol Compliance Committee thanks to Ms Maria Socorro Manguiat.
Ms Manguiat works at the Legal Affairs Programme of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat.
The students also learnt about progress on and challenges in the negotiation of a new climate agreement from Ms MJ Mace,negotiator for theAlliance of Small Island States.
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