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Dr Áine Ryall Awarded Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship
Dr Áine Ryall, School of Law and Co-Director UCC Centre for Law and the Environment, has been awarded a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence.
The Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowships are awarded to established scholars with an international reputation to pursue their research at the EUI.
During the period of the fellowship (September – December 2018), Áine will be based in the Department of Law at the EUI. Her research project Promoting Compliance with Climate Obligations: the Impact of Climate Law & Litigation in Ireland explores the intersections between human rights law and climate law.
The project examines critically the impact of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015, and efforts to date to use litigation strategically in Ireland, to promote compliance with climate obligations. The aim is to provide a state of the art analysis of Irish climate law and litigation, to assess its impact on Government policy in response to the climate challenge and to chart likely future directions and new avenues for research.
Beyond the 2015 Act, particular attention is focused on how constitutional law, human rights law and EU law (including EU climate law and environmental impact assessment law) have been deployed to promote more robust climate action in Ireland.
The research project is timely. The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Climate Action is currently considering the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly on climate change and is due to report to the Houses of the Oireachtas by 31 January 2019.
Áine served previously as a member of the Expert Advisory Group to the Citizens’ Assembly on the climate change module of its work.