Professor Duncan French, Co-Director of Lincoln Centre for Environmental Law & Justice, has recently been involved in two events establishing a paradigmatic shift in environmental law. First, he attended the inaugural and founding event for the Ecological Law and Governance Association (ELGA) at the University of Siena, Italy. Secondly, he participated via video-link in a global conference based in Montreal between lawyers and economists on the governance challenges of the Anthropocene.
ELGA’s mission is premised on the 2016 “Oslo Manifesto” which recognises that current environmental law is at a crossroads and, on the whole, fails to regulate human activity sufficiently in light of the enormity of impending ecological crises. ELGA thus seeks to promote “ecological law” as a less anthropocentric approach to nature.
The Montreal conference took this idea further, recognising the geological agency of humanity in changing the Earth. Professor French participated in the event, with a particular focus on the role of international dispute settlement in holding States to account as we move towards increasingly seeing the impacts of our shift into he Anthropocene.
Duncan French commented: “it has been truly exciting to contribute to these two events, both of which have explored the limitations of current environmental rules. The Lincoln Centre for Environmental Law & Justice will continue to be involved in these activities, reflecting also its recently work on animal welfare with our Visiting Professor, Professor Werner Scholtz, as well as preparing for welcoming in the New Year of our Marie Curie international fellow, Professor of Environmental Law, Professor Louis Kotze.”
Diane Ryland, Senior Lecturer at Lincoln Law School, was recently published in an excellent new book.
Diane Ryland, ‘Animal Welfare Standards in Agriculture: Drivers; Implications; Interface?’ Chapter 9. In Mariagrazia Alabrese et al (eds.) Agricultural Law – Current Issues from a Global Perspective (Springer Legal Issues in Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies Series, 2017) ISBN 978-3-319-64755-5
Dr Stephen Turner recently gave a talk at Aveiro University in Portugal on the linkages between science and environmental law.
The talk explored some of the tensions that exist between the scientific understanding of issues such as deforestation, climate change, air pollution and water quality, and the way that the law itself responds to those challenges.
Thanks are extended to Prof. Teresa Fidelis and her colleagues at the Department of Environment and Planning for the invitation to speak, for the kind hospitality and the privilege of taking part in the anniversary of the doctoral programme.
Professor Duncan French, Head of Lincoln Law School, has recently been in Rome to attend a 2 day Experts Group Meeting organised by UN Environment (UNEP) and UN Interegional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) on combatting environmental crime.
As a member of the technical advisory group, Professor French has been involved since the beginning of the project and led conversations during the experts meeting.
The next stage is for the group to revise the document on which the project has been working, for preparation for the UN Environment Assembly, the most senior political body in the UN System exclusively focused on environmental matters.
Professor French notes: “it has been a huge honour to be involved in this process, and to develop relations not only with UN colleagues but other experts and intergovernmental officials seeking to tackle environmental crime”.
Lincoln Law School is delighted to announce the first showing of “DisObey” – the film made by Jordan Baseman during his time as our Artist in Residence.
The film was shown in the Close Up Film Centre in London to c120 people over three showings, prior to its showing at the Lincoln Frequency Festival in October.
“DisObey” deals with crime and policing, how society identifies and characterises what is criminal, and the contested value of prison as a punitive measure.