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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.
2017 - Julie Hirigoyen, CEO UK Green Building Council
We are delighted to welcome Julie Hirigoyen as our speaker for this year's Garner lecture. The evening will be chaired by UKELA Patron, Maira Adebowale-Schwarte. The theme of Julie's lecture will be: "The role of law in ensuring that our built environment protects and enhances our natural environment". For more details and to book, see our events page.
2016- Pamela Castle OBE
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
We 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