About the Garner lecture


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.

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2022 - Peter Kellett

Peter Kellett studied environmental science, qualified as a solicitor and has a Masters in environmental law.  Peter worked in the City, in Government on the design of environmental law and at the Environment Agency on its implementation where he was its Director of Legal Services for a decade until retirement in October 2022. Peter led the EA’s legal team through interesting times. Peter was trustee and Chair of UKELA from 2001 to 2011. His retirement lecture brought us tales from the front line of environmental law. 

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2021 - Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta

Our speaker was Professor Dasgupta, author of The Economics of Biodiversity, the global review commissioned by HM Treasury and published in 2021. Professor Dasgupta has been a Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge since 1985, serving as Chairman of the Faculty of Economics from 1997 to 2001. He has won numerous awards and in 2002, he was named Knight Bachelor by the Queen for services to economics. 

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2020 - Judy Ling Wong CBE 

Our speaker was Judy Ling Wong CBE, Honorary President of the Black Environment Network, as well as painter, poet and environmentalist.  Her lecture brought to life the theme of diversity and inclusion in environmental law. Judy was a Founder of the National Park City Foundation and instrumental in conceptualising London National Park City. She was awarded an OBE for pioneering multicultural environmental participation in 2000 and a CBE for services to heritage in 2007.

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