Strengthening Environmental Decision-making: Law, Technical Evidence & Institutional Design

Strengthening Environmental Decision-Making

Researcher: Áine Ryall, School of Law

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Funding Body: Irish Research Council New Foundations GrantEnvironmental Protection Agency

Programme: New Foundations Grant

Period:  2014-2105

Project Title: Strengthening Environmental Decisionan-Making: Law, Technical Evidence & Institutional Design


Project Description 

This project explores the potential for a specialist environmental court in Ireland.  The overall goal is to develop institutional mechanisms to provide effective oversight and to improve the quality of environmental decision-making.  Many jurisdictions have recognised the value of expert institutions to resolve complex and often technical disputes in the environmental field.  A key element of this project was an international colloquium held at UCC School of Law on 19 June 2015, involving invited experts on access to justice and environmental decision-making, to exchange knowledge and experience and facilitate informed discussion between interested parties (including Government, the judiciary, regulators, NGOs and members of the public). The keynote address at was delivered by the Hon Judge Merideth Wright, former presiding judge at the Vermont Environmental Court. 

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Environmental Research Institute

University College Cork, Lee Road, Cork