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Jack Garner

Professor Jack Garner was a leading environmental lawyer and one of our founder members. He gave one of two introductory addresses (with the late Andrew Lees) at our opening conference in September 1986. He is remembered every year at the Garner Lecture, which is one of the leading events in the Environmental Law calendar. The first Garner lecture in 1987 was given by Lord Nathan, who went on to become our first President. The Lord Nathan Memorial Fund for the Environment raises money to help maintain and update our public information website, Law and Your Environment.


This year'a lecture will be on 16 November at Freshfields in Londo. We are delighted to welcome former Chair of UKELA and founder of Castle Debates, Pamela Castle OBE as our speaker. The title of her lecture is: ‘Environmental Science, Law and Policy – challenges and opportunities.’ We are also very pleased to welcome Bishop James Jones as Chair for the evening. Bookings will open later in the year, but in the meantime please note your diaries. An event not to miss!

2015 - James Thornton

james-thornton-editedWe were delighted to welcome James Thornton, CEO of ClientEarth, to give the 2015 Garner lecture. He spoke to a full house at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London on Can we Catch-Up? How the UK is falling behind on Environmental Law. We also welcomed delegates from around the UK watching via webcast from Dingwall in Scotland to Plymouth in South West England and all places in between. Members can view or read the lecture below. Thanks to Freshfields for hosting.

2014 - Chris Smith

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We were delighted to welcome Lord Chris Smith, former Chair of the Environment Agency, to give the 2014 Garner lecture. He spoke to a packed house at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London on the topic of Making the Case for the Environment. We also welcomed delegates watching via webcast in Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Belgium, as well as an enthusiastic student contingent at Northumbria University. Members can read the lecture below.

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