Day 4 - Thursday 17 June 2021
8.45am Welcome from Conference Chair: Ben Stansfield, Partner, Gowling GWG UK LLP & UKELA Trustee
9am – 10.30am Plenary One – Fast Fashion
For most of us, clothing is more than simply utilitarian. Through it we make a statement. In recent years, manufacturing processes have become faster and cheaper, clothing cheaper and durability less important and so, "fast fashion" has emerged. Aside from ethical concerns associated with some parts of the fashion industry, the environmental effects of fast fashion are significant. The use of land and water to grow the raw materials, the use of chemicals in the treatment of or dyeing of fabrics and leather, the plastics necessary for man-made "technical" fabrics and the emissions associated with transport; not forgetting what we do with our clothes when trends change. Sustainable fashion is on trend, from sustainability linked corporate bonds to supply chain transformation, new brands and innovative solutions. This plenary will consider some of the environmental impacts of fashion particularly in relation to waste. Can clothes be made from waste? What happened to all the excess clothes during the global pandemic, both new and used? What happens to clothes at the end of their (first) use – are we committing a crime when we dispose of them; and what are the legal barriers that the fashion and textiles industry face with respect to waste?
Chair: Catherine Dobson, Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers
- Eleanor Reeves, Partner, Ashurst LLP
- Frankie Phillips, Founder and Creative Director, To Be Frank UK
- Catherine Salvidge, WRAP
- Lakshmi Poti, Senior Programme Manager Materials, Laudes Foundation
10.30am BREAK 15 minutes
10.45am – 12pm Plenary Two - Climate Science and the Law – a complex relationship?
There are rarely straightforward legal answers to climate issues. This is primarily due to the complexity of both environmental law and climate science. This plenary will look at the complexities inherent in climate science, relating to not only the subject matter, but also as a result of the many socio-political factors present, together with the limitations that exist in scientific research. It will then go on to discuss the role of climate science in the development of effective climate policy, targets and laws, the importance of multidisciplinary working in reconciling science and law and the implications to consider and the challenges that need to be overcome for those attempting to frame the issues relating to climate change from a legal point of view.
Chair: Jamie Carpenter, Editor, ENDS Report & ENDS Europe
- Professor Kevin Anderson, Professor of energy & climate change, University of Manchester
- Joana Setzer, Assistant Professorial Research Fellow, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science
- James Maurici QC, Barrister, Landmark Chambers
12pm Case Law Update 1: Climate change case law
- Nina Pindham, Barrister, No5 Chambers & UKELA Trustee
- Ruchi Parekh, Barrister, Cornerstone Barristers
12.30pm KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Tom Burke, Patron, UKELA and Chairman E3G : Democracy, Law and the Environment; introduced by Emma Lui, UKELA trustee
1pm – Lunch
1.45pm – Welcome back from Conference Chair
1.45pm Plenary 3 – Biodiversity & Rewilding
The session addresses the progressive movements of Biodiversity Net Gain and Rewilding. Biodiversity Net Gain is an approach to development where biodiversity is left in a better state than before. When a development may cause an adverse impact on biodiversity, developers are instead encouraged to provide an increase in appropriate natural habitats and ecological features over beyond the area affected by development so that biodiversity loss through development is halted and ecological networks restored. This approach is expected to become mandatory in England via the current Environment Bill. Rewilding is a form of ecological restoration and conservation where habitats are encouraged to return to their natural state, often stimulated by the reintroduction of species. Rewilding projects throughout the UK and abroad have provided striking examples of how biodiversity can be increased, environmental services restored and land health improved.
Chair – Jamie Whittle, Partner, R&R Urquhart & UKELA Trustee
- Dr Stephanie Wray – Founder, Nature Positive, RSK Group
- Charlie Burrell, Founder, Knepp Estate
- Roy Dennis MBE, ornithologist, conservationist and author of Restoring the Wild
3pm: Speakers’ Corner 1: Dr Mya-Rose Craig, Birdgirl : Tackling colonialism & racism in the environmental sector: ‘we have a dream’ a book by Dr Mya-Rose amplifying the voices of young POC environmentalists from around the planet
3.15pm Case Law Update 2: Habitats/EIA/SEA
- Caroline Daly, Barrister, Francis Taylor Building
- Adam Boukraa, Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers
4pm Plenary Four - Climate Litigation: the past, present and future
Climate change-related court cases have been growing in number and importance over recent years. According to one report, the year to May 2020 saw 374 climate cases filed across six continents. But just what difference do and could these cases make?
In this plenary session, we will have the privilege of hearing from experienced international and UK climate litigators; as well as renowned academics and commentators about the role and need for climate specific litigation – as well as the trajectory of the recent trends in such litigation.
Chair: Celina Colquhoun – Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers
- Dr Kim Bouwer, Lecturer in Law, University of Exeter
- Vanessa Havard-Williams, Partner, Linklaters LLP
- Samantha Atukunda K. Mwesigwa, Director & Legal Counsel, Greenwatch, Kampala, Uganda