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Programme for Law and the Environment Conference 2018 Unveiled

20 Mar 2018

Towards Environmental Responsibility, Accountability and Liability.

The School of Law is delighted to announce that the 16th Annual Law and the Environment Conference, a unique event in the Irish environmental calendar, will take place on Thursday, April 26th, 2018 at University College Cork.

Download the Law and Environment Conference Programme.

The conference provides a forum for the expert presentation of legal developments and research results in the area of Environmental Law, Regulation and Policy, as well as an informal forum for the exchange of views among policy-makers and regulators, regulated operators, the environmental NGO community, and Irish (and overseas) academic researchers and professionals.

For too long the progressive elaboration of primary rules of environmental law, setting out substantive requirements and standards of conduct has lacked the accompanying conditions, measures and mechanisms necessary for establishing responsibility for their breach.

However, recent developments bear witness to a diverse range of initiatives concerning Environmental Responsibility, Accountability and Liability, which suggest that the public and civil society, as well as environmental regulators and other official authorities, are focusing more on the need to deter the behaviour ultimately responsible for environmental degradation, and to mobilise the resources required to remedy such impacts.

Different aspects of this trend can be observed at the national, EU/regional, transnational and global levels.
In order to promote a better understanding of such developments, this year’s Law and the Environment Conference offers a host of Irish and international expert speakers exploring a range of issues related to Environmental Responsibility, Accountability and Liability, including, for example:

  • Recent developments in climate litigation;
  • Legal arrangements regarding financial provision for environmental
  • Alternative legal methods for environmental enforcement;
  • The legal implications of ‘Brexit’;
  • Responsibility under international marine and maritime law;
  • Just arrangements for the transition to a low-carbon economy; and
  • The role of the Aarhus Convention and its Compliance Committee.


Speakers include:

Professor Patrick Parenteau, Vermont Law School, University of Vermont
Attracta Ui Bhroin, Irish Environmental Network & Vice President of the European Environmental Bureau
Gillian Lobo, Climate Accountability Lawyer, ClientEarth
Dr Leonie Reins, Tilburg Law School, Tilburg University
Professor Ronan Long, World Maritime University, Malmo
Dr Ronan Kennedy, School of Law, NUI Galway
Dr Mary Dobbs & Dr Brian Jack, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast

Click here to register to attend the conference.

For further information please contact Deirdre Kelleher at or at 021 4903642

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