UKELA Annual Conference 2023

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UKELA Annual Conference 2023

27 June to 1 July



Back in person for the first time in four years, UKELA conference 2023 arrives at a time when environmental law has never been more prominent, or more important.  From corporate reporting in the boardroom to environmental defenders in the criminal courts to holding governments to account, environmental law matters, and our conference explores the myriad ways in which UK environmental law is being developed, tested, scrutinised, used, abused and ignored. Throughout our two days together at the University of Reading, we will cover many of the multiple faces of environmental law, but the thread that runs through the conference is this: how is environmental law addressing the big environmental issues facing society, and how do we, UKELA members active in environmental law, use this knowledge in our own professions.

Join us for a mix of online and in person sessions throughout the week. We are delighted to be at the University of Reading, on their Whiteknights campus, which is set in 130 hectares of beautiful parkland. The campus has won 11 consecutive Green Flag awards, recognising it as one of Britain’s top green spaces. Famous for the climate stripes, created by Prof Ed Hawkins at the university in 2018, which show how the planet is heating, stripe by stripe, in one striking image, Reading University is surely the perfect place for UKELA members to meet and debate once again.

Programme and sponsors

Take a look at the programme.

Meet our generous sponsors.


Ticket details

Residential Tickets SOLD OUT

This conference is running as a hybrid event. Delegates will be provided with details of the conference website with access to the online elements of the programme.

Residential tickets include ensuite student accommodation on campus on Friday night, breakfast on Saturday morning, lunch on Friday and Saturday, buffet evening meal on Friday evening, all conference sessions and Working Party sessions. Limited hotel rooms on campus are available  on Friday at Cedars Hotel for an additional fee. Please add this to your booking. We are unable to reserve hotel rooms for Thursday evening owing to a prior booking.

Would you like to arrive on Thursday evening? We have secured limited additional student accommodation including breakfast on Friday morning for those arriving early. Please add this to your booking. 

Day Tickets available

If you would like to join us in Reading on Friday or Saturday day tickets are now on sale, space is limited so don't wait to book. It is also possible to add a ticket to attend the dinner if you purchase a Friday day ticket.You will also have access to the online elements of the programme. (£175 per day Members / £220 non-Members)

Online tickets now on sale  

Join us online live for the conference. (£150 members / £200 non-Members / £75 students)

Standard residential (UKELA members only)     SOLD OUT


Public sector residential (UKELA members only. As these tickets are strictly limited we restrict bookings to a maximum of 3 per organisation.)       SOLD OUT


Discount residential* (UKELA members only. If you are low waged or unwaged, this rate is for you (working in NGOs, academics, trainee solicitors and pupil barristers). UKELA retains final approval on discounted place. Please contact us if you are unsure if you qualify.)    SOLD OUT


Student residential* (UKELA members only)   SOLD OUT

Non member residential   SOLD OUT £470 


*Get in touch for financial assistance with your travel costs. We have limited bursaries available on a first come, first served basis. 

To book your place, log in or register and follow the prompts. Please do not register again if you have already set up an account with us. 

27/06/2023 09:00 - 01/07/2023 14:00
GMT Daylight Time
Registration is closed.


Tuesday, 27 June 2023

Only use this option if purchasing a Friday day ticket
Only use this option if also purchasing a Friday day ticket.
Only available with purchase of Friday day ticket
If you would prefer to stay in the Cedars Hotel on campus, please add the additional ticket cost.
If you want to arrive early, you can reserve a room for an extra night with breakfast.