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Legal spotlight on GMOs and climate change

Jun 23, 2003

UKELA Annual Conference Hot topics from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) to climate change will be discussed at this major conference organised by the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) from June 27th - 29th 2003.

Over 200 experts in environmental law are gathering in Plymouth to debate the conference theme of “Science, Law and Environmental Policy”, within the overall theme of change, which also includes energies of the future, biodiversity and how we influence the environment.

The opening session of the Conference will feature a GMO panel discussion, chaired by Professor Malcolm Grant, chair of government advisers the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission and of the UK GM Public Debate Steering Board. The discussion will focus on world trade issues as well as environmental concerns.

The speaker for the Conference Gala Dinner is Chris Hines, of the Eden Project in Cornwall. He will tell delegates how ordinary people can use the law to secure environmental protection, from his own experience with Surfers Against Sewage, campaigning for clean seas.

UKELA(1) has a role in advising government and other decision-makers on securing the best environmental laws for a better environment and its annual conference is the key event in the environmental law calendar. Speakers come from a range of backgrounds: legal professionals, campaigning organisations, academics and environmental industries.

The conference is open to members and non-members and aims to be non polluting and to ensure waste is minimised.

Notes to the editors:

Notes to 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 conference is at Plymouth University. Those wishing to attend should contact the conference secretariat on 01752 233304 or email ukelaconference@plymouth.ac.uk
3. The GMO panel includes: Giles Chichester MEP, member of the European Parliament Industry, Trade, Research and Energy Committee; Dr Lorenz Stökl of the German Federal Ministry for Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture (division for biotechnology and genetic engineering); and Professor Robert Lee of Cardiff Law School and Co-Director of the ESRC Research Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society.
4. For more information contact Andrew Wiseman, UKELA chairman, on 020 7423 8340 or 07976258664. Media representatives wishing to attend should contact Vicki Elcoate on 01306 5012320 or email Vicki.Elcoate@ntlworld.com.
5. The conference is sponsored by Bond Pearce solicitors, University of Plymouth, Home Check environmental search providers, County Environmental Trust, LexiNexis, Environ, WSP Active Transfer, Landmark Chambers, 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square and 39 Essex Street.

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