Garner Lecture

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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.

2018 - Advocate General Dr Juliane Kokott from the Court of Justice of the European Union

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We were delighted to welcome Advocate General Dr Juliane Kokott from the Court of Justice of the European Union. The theme of the lecture was “The Contribution of the case law of the CJEU to the Development of Environmental Protection in the UK”. The lecture may be viewed below.

2017 - Julie Hirigoyen, CEO UK Green Building Council

We were pleased to hear from Julie Hirigoyen, CEO of the UK Green Building Council. The evening was chaired by UKELA Patron, Maira Adebowale-Schwarte. The theme of Julie's lecture was: "The role of law in ensuring that our built environment protects and enhances our natural environment". Members can view the lecture below

2016- Pamela Castle OBE

pamela-castle (002)This year's lecture was on 16 November at Freshfields in London. We were delighted to welcome former Chair of UKELA and founder of Castle Debates, Pamela Castle OBE as our speaker. The title of her lecture was: ‘Environmental Science, Law and Policy – challenges and opportunities.’ We were also very pleased to welcome Bishop James Jones as Chair for the evening. As well as our audience in London, we welcomed audiences from around the UK who watched via weblink. Members can view the lecture below.

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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