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Environmental Law Competitions Launched

Sep 27, 2004

The UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) has launched three competitions for students, trainee solicitors and pupil barristers to encourage an interest in environmental law.

Environmental law is a relatively new discipline in the field of law, with the first courses being set up in the 1990s. However with the swathe of European environmental legislation and major initiatives on issues like contaminated land and waste there are plenty of professional opportunities.

Andrew Wiseman, chair of UKELA, said: “as the environmental stakes get higher the demand for lawyers with expertise in environmental law is growing. It is vital that we encourage new entrants to consider it as the focus of their future career to ensure demands for specialists can be met.”

UKELA is running three competitions this autumn – an essay competition in memory of environmental campaigner Andrew Lees – and two mooting competitions. There are generous prizes and all entrants will receive free membership of UKELA for one year.

“This is a good opportunity to raise your profile in a competitive field and to increase your experience”, said Andrew Wiseman.

Notes to the editors:

1. UKELA is the UK forum, 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. It attracts both lawyers and non lawyers and has a broad membership.

2. The Moot: the theme for this debate contest is waste prosecution under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The event will be judged in early 2005. The winners of the Senior competition (for pupils, trainee solicitors and others on vocational courses) will receive the Lord Slynn of Hadley Mooting Trophy and cash; there are cash prizes for winners of the junior competition (for students). All finalists will receive subscriptions to the Weekly Law Reports courtesy of the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting and books from Sweet & Maxwell. The deadline for submitting skeleton arguments is 6th December 2004.

3. Andrew Lees Prize Essay Competition: The entrants write a 7,500 word essay on “If justice is equality, what does this mean in relation to environmental law and policy, and how might equality be realised in practice?”. There are cash prizes for the top three and free places at UKELA’s 2005 conference. The deadline is 7th February 2005.

For more information and rules see the UKELA website www.ukela.org or contact: Vicki.elcoate@ntlworld.com or telephone 01306 501320.

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