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Trade Negotiations post Brexit – “A new frontier for Environmental Law”

Dec 07, 2016

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Linda Farrow

UKELA – the UK Environmental Law Association - has been exploring what the implications of UK trade negotiations for environmental law after Brexit might be.

An event held this week in London brought together expert speakers on different aspects of this complex and increasingly important field.

After a spirited introduction by Professor Tom Burke, in his role as UKELA Patron, Professor Joanne Scott of University College London spoke about the global reach of EU law. Her exploration of ways that EU law influences the law of third party member states that trade with the EU and of the increasing tendency of the EU to develop extraterritorial law pointed at the possibility that certain EU laws affecting the environment may continue to be applied in the UK even following a hard Brexit.

Christophe Bondy, Partner at Volterra Fietta, followed with insights as to how environmental issues are addressed in trade agreements from his long involvement negotiating trade deals and acting in investment disputes in Canada.

Stephen Tromans QC of 39 Essex Chambers closed proceedings with an exploration of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), albeit with some qualifications given the question mark over this initiative under the new incoming US administration.

“This is a new frontier for environmental law,” said Stephen in his summing up. “The new model of trade agreements is not just about increasing trade: it is about co-operation on social and environmental goals. The challenge for trade partners is to make their economic power a force for good for all concerned, including the environment.”

“Our members’ interest in the interface between environmental law and trade agreements has been sharpened by the Brexit vote,” added Linda Farrow, UKELA Executive Director. “UKELA will be giving this increasing focus in our events and policy work.”

Notes to the editors:

The UK Environmental Law Association aims to promote better law for the 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 from the private and public sectors.

UKELA prepares advice to government with the help of its specialist working parties, covering a range of environmental law topics.

For further information on UKELA’s work, please visit: www.ukela.org

For specific press and media queries in relation to this news release, please contact: Linda Farrow, UKELA’s Executive Director, linda@ukela.org

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