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UKELA's New President

Dec 06, 2006

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Rt Hon Lord Justice Carnwath is to be the next President of the UKELA.

Leading environmental lawyer, Rt Hon Lord Justice Carnwath is to be the next President of the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA)

He will take over from Rt Hon Lord Slynn, who has been the President since 1992, at UKELA’s annual lecture next Wednesday (December 13th). Lord Slynn stands down on the eve of UKELA’s twentieth anniversary and the lecture, which is being given by Professor Malcolm Forster(2), is an opportunity to look at the future of environmental law at a time when the environment is under enormous pressure.

Sir Robert Carnwath said: “It is a privilege to be asked to undertake the Presidency of UKELA, particularly as a successor to Lord Slynn, whose role in this field is unequalled. Safeguarding the environment for present and future generations is the greatest challenge we all face in the 21st century, and time is running out. Lawyers and judges have a central role to play, and in this country UKELA has been a leader in the field. I am delighted to be able to share their task."

Sir Robert Carnwath has been a Lord Justice of Appeal since September 2001, having been a Judge of the High Court, Chancery Division, from 1994. At the same time he became a Privy Counsellor and later chair of the Law Commission.

Internationally, in 2004 he was a founding member, and first Secretary-General, of the European Union Forum of Judges for the Environment and has had prominent roles furthering environmental law within the United Nations.

The lecture, “The Fourth Age of Environmental Law – the End of the Beginning or the Beginning of the End?” and handover is open to members of the press. Please book your place by contacting Vicki Elcoate, Vicki.elcoate@ntlworld.com, or call 01306 501320. Refreshments provided.

Notes to the editors:

1. UKELA is the UK charity which aims to make the law work for a better environment and to improve understanding and awareness of environmental law. UKELA’s members are involved in the practice, study or formulation of Environmental Law in the UK and the European Union.

2. Professor Malcolm Forster is a visiting professor of International Law at University College London. He has acted as an adviser for a number of international organisations and after that spent 15 years in commercial practice in the fields of environmental and public international law.

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