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Breaking News: Brexit & Environmental Law


February 3, 2020


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An ELI Breaking News Webinar

The United Kingdom’s (UK) departure from the European Union (EU) is anticipated to have a breadth of legal impacts, especially on national environmental law and policy. EU directives serve as the foundation for a large contingency of environmental standards, environmental protection regimes, conservation schemes, and enforcement in the UK. Additional looming implications include those at the interface of agriculture and the environment, business and trade implications, sustainability efforts, chemical regulation, renewable energy development, the Paris Accord and other climate goals, and a variety of multinational treaties and directives. The anticipated impacts are enormous and far-reaching.

Proponents point to the opportunities ahead for government and policymakers to draft and enact UK-specific environmental laws and regulations that will be more attuned to the issues facing the United Kingdom. This flexibility allows for opportunities to arise from a clean slate for environmental law and regulation, yet it also poses significant challenges. Others believe the departure from the EU could lead to deregulation, a lack of consistency and stability with current rules and regulations, and potential decreases in advances made, especially with regards to renewable energy development.

Does the future of environmental law look bleak or opportune in the UK? How is the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) preparing for regulations post-Brexit? What role will the UK play in the EU emissions trading scheme, in meeting Paris Accord goals, and with other leading multination environmental treaties and conventions? What are the looming challenges and the most significant areas of opportunity for the UK with respect to national environmental law in the post-Brexit world?

Caitlin F. McCarthy, Director, Education, Associates, and Corporate Partnerships, Environmental Law Institute, Moderator
Miriam Aczel, Ph.D. Candidate, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London
Begonia Filgueira, Co-Director & Founder, Environmental Regulation and Information Centre (Eric); Solicitor, Senior Courts of England and Wales; a Spanish Abogada; Co-Chair, Brexit Task Force (BTF), UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA)
Dr. Markus Gehring, Director of Studies (Law), Hughes Hall & University Lecturer, University of Cambridge; Fellow, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law; Senior Fellow, Economic Law, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI); Lead Counsel, Trade, Investment & Finance and ad personam Jean Monnet Chair, Sustainable Development Law, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law
Ambereen K. Shaffie, President & Managing Partner, Shaffie Law and Policy
Sarah Williams, Head, Greener UK Unit

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