Research at Lincoln Law School – Recent Developments and Successes

Research at Lincoln Law School continues to proceed apace over the autumn months and, in this post, we want to update on many of the things that have been happening recently:

 Several colleagues had articles appear in print recently including Diane Ryland’s ‘Animal Welfare Governance: GLOBALG.A.P. and the Search for External Legitimacy’ in the Journal of Environmental Law –

In addition, Ben Hudson has published ‘Migration in the Mediterranean: Exposing the Limits of Vulnerability at the European Court of Human Rights’ in the Maritime Safety and Security Law’ Journal:

Konstantinos Alexandris Polomarkakis has also had a paper out titled ‘The UK out, Social Europe in? Rethinking EU social integration in the wake of Brexit’ in the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly –

You can also read Dr. Graham Melling’s most recent publications here

Max Brookman-Byrne has also published a report, funded by Drone Wars UK which examines the way drone strikes in Iraq and Syria have been reported by the MOD, considering the language used and what they reveal about the lawfulness of these strikes. It’s been disseminated widely to MPs and will be followed up by a couple of articles.

In addition, a report by Prof. Duncan French acted as an expert contributor to on environmental crime was published by the UN.

Ben Hudson too has been working with NGOs outside academia, specifically work he’s don on Article 26, has now reached its conclusion. This was a full compendium of policy resources for HEIs on supporting forced migrants into HE, which has now been published. All resources are available here:  The resources include the Guiding Principles on Sanctuary Scholars in UK Higher Education, which were published online earlier this year, for which Ben  was the lead author

Others have completed pieces of writing and had them accepted. Dr. Amal Ali got her joint paper accepted in the Journal of Human Rights. The paper is called ‘Gender, Intersectionality and Religious Manifestation Before the European Court of Human Rights’ .

In addition, Prof. Duncan French completed work on 2 co-edited books published: “Sustainable Development Goals: Law, Theory & Implementation” (Edward Elgar) (this one with Louis) and “Linkages & Boundaries in Private and Public International Law” (Hart).

Dr. Scarlett McArdle completed a contribution to an edited collection entitled “The EU and the Migration Crisis: Reinforcing a Security-based approach to Migration?” She also submitted an article on Interorganizational Ethics to Global Health Governance.

As usual, there have been plenty of conferences on colleagues’ agendas. Duncan French gave papers at the IUCN annual environmental law colloquium (Strathclyde), Int’l Law Association biennial conference (Sydney), European Society of Int’l Law annual conference (Manchester), and a public lecture at University of Waikato, New Zealand.

Konstantinos Alexandris Polomarkakis presented papers in Birmingham in June on his Brexit work and another paper on social sustainability at EU level, at a conference in France in July (he also applied for an ESRC Festival of Social Science event).

 Dr. Scarlett  McArdle has also hosted a workshop at Keele University on a project she’s developing in collaboration with colleagues there- “Bad Samaritans: Regulating Harm by those who Seek to ‘Do Good’. She also presented at the UACES conference in Bath on EU Crisis Management and Shared Responsibility and the ESIL conference in Manchester on Universality and International Organisations: Issues of Responsibility.

Dr. Amal Al;i was further asked to give a talk on the right to veil, at Al Rahma mosque, one of the oldest mosques in the UK and Liverpool’s main mosque. They reached out after the Boris Johnson comments, and the discussions that ensued, so it was (sadly) very timely.

Dr. Richard Hedlund and Ben Hudson have continued to work with Ben in bringing together their project on doctors’ use of social media.

 Members of the CONDIS research group have been meeting regularly taking forward their research agenda – including plans for funding bids. There are also plan afoot to solidify our growing externes in corporate governance and business law into a new research group (more news on that at the Research Group Relaunch event in November)

There has also been plenty of impact working and refinement going on – Diane Ryland, in particular, has been working in developing Animal welfare governance at the internationalrnaiotnal level.

The School has also had two successful Ph.D. vivas in recent months. Whereas our colleague, Max Brookman-Byrne, has passed his own viva.

Overall, a very impressive time for the School’s research agenda!

Lincoln academics at the IUCN Annual Environmental Law Colloquium

Three Lincoln Law academics gave presentations at the 2018 IUCN annual Environmental Law Colloquium, held this year at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

Dr Stephen Turner presented on “The role of technology in determining the standard of protection afforded by environmental rights”.

Professor Louis Kotze, Marie Curie fellow, presented on “Law and Governance of Risk, Innovation and Resilience in the Anthropocene: Towards a new Lex Anthrpocena?”

Professor Duncan French, Head of School, presented on “Science, Popular Science and the Quickening Demise of General International Environmental Law?”.

Professor Kotze also contributed to a major session on discussing the future of environmental law with Special Rapporteur on the Environment, Professor John Knox.

Global Ecological Custodianship – workshop

Professor Louis Kotze, Marie Curie fellow and Visiting Professor in Lincoln Law School hosted on behalf of Lincoln Centre for Environmental Law and Justice a workshop on Global Ecological Custodianship – innovations in international environmental law. With contributions from colleagues from Australia, Canada, and experts from the universities of Newcastle, UCL and Warwick, the workshop explored how international environmental law and its scholarship tackles both the new challenges of the Anthropocene, and new concepts such as resilience. The contributors engaged in a wide-ranging discussion, with many using the opportunity to float ideas prior to this year’s IUCN environmental law colloquium in Glasgow later this week.

“Science in a Pint” – Professor Duncan French discusses environmental law

As part of the “Science in a Pint” festival, Professor Duncan French spoke at an event in a pub in Southwell, Nottingham where he considered the historical origins of international environmental law, its strengths and weaknesses, and the perennial shadow of the State in finding effective means to tackle some of the most intractable global problems. In particular, he considered three alternatives modes of seeking to ameliorate the traditional “top down” approach of international environmental law, namely (i) the example of the Paris Climate Change Agreement (where States voluntarily sought to improve their national efforts and these were then essentially bundled into a legally binding treaty, with the hope of progressive improvement overtime), (ii) the governance of the deep seabed through an international organisation (admittedly made up of States), and (iii) the evolution of acceptance of same-sex marriage as an example of how cultural-societal shifts can happen domestically and overtime affect national consciousnesses around the world. None are perfect means by which to get around the voluntarism of the State, but do indicate a more nuanced debate around sovereignty and international environmental law. A lively debate then ensued!


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Prof. Hall in the Basque Country Discussing Environmental Crime

Last month, Professor Matthew Hall was in San Sebastian at the Basque Institute of Criminology to give an invited talk to academics, environmental enforcement officers and students on Green Criminology, environmental crime and the impact of environmental crime on victims. Whilst there he took questions and contributed a video to the Institute’s ‘oral history’ project on victimology. Prof. Hall said “It’s a pleasure to be invited to discuss environmental crime and in particular to see that most jurisdictions are presently wrestling with the same question concerning enforcement and regulation of environmental law’. A video of Prof Hall speaking for the oral history project on environmental victimisation can be seen here –