SCELG at the World Water Week
There is a reason why it is called “World” Water Week. Once a year the global water community meets in Stockholm to take stock of current global water security policies and plan ahead on how to deal with existing and new water related challenges. This year’s theme is “Water for Sustainable Growth” and SCELG is excited to be contribute with the presence of Francesco Sindico and Renee Martin-Nagle. Francesco will be attending in the framework of SCELG’s partnership with UNESCO-IHP [H1] and will contribute with presentations to sessions on Governance of groundwater resources in transboundary aquifers, Transboundary aquifers governance and climate change adaptation, and on the Sustainable Management of the Shared Nubian Aquifer System. Francesco will also contribute to a session organised by the London Centre for International Law Practice (LCILP) in which an answer to an intriguing question, Can there be transboundary water cooperation without international water law?, will be given. In this session the LCILP Centre for International Water Law and Security will be launched. Renee Martin-Nagle will also be contributing to the World Water Week with a presentation on bulk water transfers in a session on Water as a driver for sustainable growth that she will be delivering jointly with Prof Gabriel Eckstein. In addition, during the session on Water in a changing world: coping with threatsshe will be giving a presentation on the topic of her PhD research – governance of transboundary offshore aquifers. SCELG looks forward to contributing to this year’s edition of the World Water Week and is pleased to be at the heart of the global water agenda together with its international partners.
BeneLex will organize a side-event at the Committee on Food Security (FAO Headquarters, Rome) titled "Tenure Governance and the Sustainable Development Goals: Leaving no-one behind in the land and fisheries sectors?
In October 2016 (date to be confirmed), BeneLex will organize a side-event at the Committee on Food Security (FAO Headquarters, Rome, 17-21 October 2016) titled "Tenure Governance and the Sustainable Development Goals: Leaving no-one behind in the land and fisheries sectors?", (specific time to be confirmed). The event is organised in collaboration with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the FAO Legal Office, and will serve to explore legal and policy tools aiming to inject fairness and equity in tenure governance and sustainable development. The BeneLex team will highlight research on lessons and challenges arising from the application of the concept of fair and equitable benefit-sharing in the land, food, agriculture and fisheries sectors; and explore the ‘leave no-one behind’ concept, on the basis of case studies from the fisheries sector.
August 2016. BeneLex will organize a workshop "Marine Genetic Resources in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction", at New York University Law School
On 27 August 2016, BENELEX will organize a workshop Marine Genetic Resources in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction, at New York University Law School, in collaboration with IUCN and PHARMASEA, to explore how an implementing agreement on the governance of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction may foster equitable and effective research and development and sustainable use of marine genetic resources in developing and developed countries. BENELEXPI Elisa Morgera will present research findings on marine technology transfer, and BENELEX Researcher Elsa Tsioumani will reflect on lessons learnt from multilateral benefit-sharing under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
Call for Papers for the Symposium "Revisionist Ontologies for Law and Human Rights in the Anthropocene" on 28 October 2016.
Deadline for papers: Friday 16 September 2016
The Symposium is jointly organised by Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG), the Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law (CSHRL) and the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE)
The symposium is designed to allow in-depth engagement with its theme in a highly interactive setting over one day. Our symposia are always intellectually stimulating and highly enjoyable. Early expressions of interest are warmly encouraged, because numbers tend to be restricted in order to ensure a useful depth of engagement in a meaningful, extended conversation.
This year’s theme invites engagement with the central question of the ontology “law and human rights in the Anthropocene”. Scientists suggest that we are entering a new human-dominated geological epoch called the Anthropocene, which will amplify demands on our ailing regulatory institutions, including law and its constructs—such as human rights. Juridical institutions are significantly complicit in the genesis of the Anthropocene and ironically also those regulatory institutions charged with addressing Anthropocene exigencies. The failures and deficiencies of law and human rights are implicated by their continuity with the deep assumptions and ideological foundations of the Anthropocene’s human-induced signatures. In this light, certain scholars have loosely characterized law as being: not compatible with (or adequate to) Earth system complexities; unresponsive to Earth system changes; inflexible and insufficiently reflexive; and state-centered in a way that preserves sovereignty by shutting out alternative modes of ecological care. Collectively these factors are thought to legitimize and reinforce the type of human behavior that is causing the Anthropocene while further exacerbating environmental destruction, gender and class inequalities, growing inter and intra-species hierarchies, human rights abuses, and socio-economic and ecological injustices.
The time has come to re-envision law and human rights and their ontological orientations and to re-imagine the ways in which law and human rights could deal with the human-environment interface in the Anthropocene.
This intensive one-day event calls for papers on a range of thematic areas expressed as guiding questions below:
- What are the value and methods of legal ontologies and potential new concepts and fields of enquiry in the Anthropocene?
- What might an ontology of law and human rights mean in the Anthropocene?
- How can reflecting on the ontology of law and human rights help in understanding or experiencing the Anthropocene and provide momentum for the urgency of legal reform?
- How can law and human rights 'learn' from ontological turns in other disciplines such as the arts, anthropology and literature?
- What could a revitalized materialist ontological understanding of law and human rights mean for the development of critical environmental law in the Anthropocene?
Papers offered can take a focused or an intersectional approach, and organisers of the event warmly welcome theoretical, doctrinal and praxis-orientated contributions.
Abstracts should be submitted by Friday 16 September 2016. After that time, invitations to attend will be warmly issued. Please send abstracts for consideration to Louis.Kotze@nwu.ac.za. All queries could be directed to Louis Kotzé at the foregoing address or to Saskia Vermeylen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see for other useful links:
- Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment
- Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law
- Journal of Human Rights and the Environment
Seminar "When rights embrace responsibilities. Biocultural rights and the conservation of the environment"
Dr. Giulia Sajeva will combine the debate about the protection of the environment and the movement for the promotion of indigenous peoples' and local communities' rights through the introduction and development of the emerging concept of biocultural rights. Learn more about this seminar
Date: Wednesday 9 November 2016
Venue: Room TBC. University of Strathclyde
The seminar will be free but places are limited. Please register if you are going to attend the seminar.
Seminar "Exploring the borderlands:the role of the individual in International Cultural Law" by Professor Valentina Vadi
Professor Valentina Vadi will explore the role and contribution of non-state actors in international cultural law. Find out more about this seminar.
Date: Wednesday 12 October 2016
Venue: TBC. University of Strathclyde
The seminar will be free but places are limited. Please register if you are going to attend the seminar.
Professor Elisa Morgera invited to UN expert consultation on biodiversity and human rights
August 2016. Prof Elisa Morgera, Co-Director of Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG), has been invited to a United Nations expert consultation on biodiversity and human rights (20-21 September 2016, Geneva), Switzerland. The consultation, organized in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is part of the preparations of the 2016 thematic report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment John Knox.
The report aims to clarify how human rights obligations apply to conservation policies and programmes, how conservation can support human rights, and best practices in avoiding any conflicts between the worthwhile goals of conserving biodiversity and ecosystems, on the one hand, and safeguarding human rights, on the other. The consultation will gather approximately 20-25 participants, with a wide range of experience and expertise in human rights and/or conservation, including representatives of international institutions and civil society organizations as well as academics. Discussions, challenges and lessons learned identified through the consultation will help to inform the Rapporteur's next report to the UN Human Rights Council, to be presented in March 2017.
Prof Morgera will share the findings of her research (funded by the European Research Council) on fair and equitable benefit-sharing at the intersection of international biodiversity and human rights law, particularly in relation to the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities to natural resources.
SCELG member contributes to Geneva Water Hub’s expert panel on water and conflict
Ms Stephanie Hawkins has been in Geneva, participating as an expert for the think tank roundtable on “The Protection of Water During and After Armed Conflicts” convened by the Geneva Water Hub with the Platform for International Water Law of the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva on 14 June 2016. Discussions from the roundtable will lead to the production of an input paper for the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace, aiming to contribute to a better understanding of the strategic role that water and water supply infrastructures play in armed conflicts, as well as to reflect on possible ways to improve water protection under international law during and after armed conflicts.
SCELG presents at the 12th Kovacs Colloquium
Every two years, the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO and the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) organise the Kovacs Colloquium, a series of international scientific meetings in the most challenging fields of water resources research. These meetings also commemorate the late George Kovacs, an established authority on hydrology, who served as Chairman of the Intergovernmental Council of IHP and as Secretary General and President of IAHS.
SCELG Director, Dr. Francesco Sindico, has been invited as a Key Note Speaker and will contribute on 15 June with a presentation on "Transboundary Water Cooperation and the Sustainable Development Goals ". His presentation will build on the report he authored for UNESCO-IHP on the same topic
Integrating Environment and Human Right Protection
The one day workshop titled "Integrating Environment and Human Right Protection" was organised by LUMSA in Rome on 29 April in collaboration with SCELG, the Geneva Water Hub and the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva. The workshop features Prof. Makane Moise Mbengue as key note speaker and Prof. Alan Boyle, University of Edinburgh; Dr. Francesco La Camera, Director-General for Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Energy, Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea; and Lorenzo Cotula, IIED, as some of the prominent speakers.
SCELG Director, Dr. Francesco Sindico participated in the first session of the workshop on climate change with a talk titled "Beyond Paris: Challenges and Opportunities". The programme of the workshop included also sessions on the issue of water and on global inequalities and possible responses.
Registration open for IV SCELG PG Colloquium on Environmental Law and Governance
The programme for the IV PG SCELG Colloquium on Environmental Law and Governance, scheduled for 9 June 2016, is now available - IV PG SCELG Colloquium programme . With abstracts coming from researchers from several leading European and UK based universities and leading experts in environmental law and governance acting as discussants, the event promises to be a success.
The programme will touch upon the following areas: “climate change mitigation and adaptation”, “emerging trends in environmental law and governance”, “interactions between International Environmental Law and other international regimes” and “environmental justice”.
Registration for the conference is now possible. Tickets are £30 and refreshments are provided. Click here to register.
SCELG Visiting Researcher presents at an international seminar on the human right to water and sustainable development
SCELG visiting postdoctoral researcher Laura Movilla participated in an international seminar (see international programme ) on the human right to water and sustainable development organized by the UNESCO Chair on Water and Culture of the University of the Republic (Uruguay). It took place on 30- 31 March in the city of Montevideo. The seminar counted with the participation of distinguish international experts on the human right to water, including the current UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation Léo Heller. Dr Movilla, specialist in the law of transboundary aquifers, delivered a video conference on the human right to water in the context of transboundary groundwater governance.
SCELG contributes to seminar on the Paris Agreement in London
SCELG Director, Dr Francesco Sindico, joined a distinguished group of experts on Monday 21 March at a seminar jointly organised by the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA) Climate Change and Energy Working Group and the UK Government Legal Service. The event was hosted by DEFRA (Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) in its headquarters in Nobel Square. The other speakers were Caroline Ross, lead UK lawyer for the Department of Energy and Climate Change at COP21; Christoph Schwarte, Executive Director Legal Response Initiative; and Melanie Shanker, Managing Associate at Linklaters. Dr Sindico’s presentation can be accessed here - Sindico UKELA .
SCELG Deputy Director presents research in Leeds
SCELG Deputy Director Dr Stephanie Switzer presented on her research to the Law and Emerging Technologies Research Group at the University of Leeds. Her presentation, on Mutant Bird Flu and the search for a solution to the problem of dual-use research, sought to map the legal space of the dual-use research domain. Dr Switzer has a long standing interest in global health and in particular, the governance of infectious diseases therein. Her work on the dual-use dilemma posed by certain types of research seeks to situate such research within the wider context of the need to promote global health security. Against this backdrop, Dr Switzer is also currently engaged in research on the recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. Further details on her presentation for the University of Leeds can be obtained here; http://www.law.leeds.ac.uk/events/2016/mutant-bird-flu-and-the-search-for-a-solution-to-the-problem-of-dual-use-research. Dr Switzer can also be contacted directly by e mail; Stephanie.email@example.com
Strathclyde collaborates with UNESCO-IHP on transboundary water cooperation and the SDGs
The Sustainable Development Goals are in a crucial phase. After their adoption in September 2015, countries are now engaged in devising the indicators that will measure the success of the SDGs. Target 6.5 calls countries to implement integrated water resources management (IWRM) at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate by 2030. A first set of indicators for Target 6.5 only focused on IWRM without a much needed attention on transboundary water cooperation. The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG) Director, Dr Francesco Sindico, has been asked by UNESCO-IHP to produce a report on transboundary water cooperation and the SDGs in the context of the ongoing negotiations on Target 6.5 indicators. The report makes a case for a second indicator for target 6.5 that refers to transboundary water cooperation. Following the report and its circulation to key stakeholders a new revised document (E/CN.3/2016/2/Rev.1) has been released by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators that does include a second indicator that reads as follows:
“Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation”.
In his report Dr Sindico singles out UNESCO-IHP and UNECE as the legitimate organisations in charge of developing further and monitoring this indicator. SCELG and his Director are keen to continue working in collaboration with UNESCO-IHP and UNECE in this direction. In particular, more work is needed to define the exact “proportion of transboundary basin” and what entails “an operational arrangement”. The report does provide some insights in this direction, especially for what refers to operational arrangements, and these insights can be a useful first start. The report is partly based on previous research that Dr Sindico has co-authored with members of the 2014-15 Strathclyde Climate and Sustainability Project (CASP) and that has been published in Water International.
The SDG indicators will be confirmed later this year by the UN General Assembly paving the way for the monitoring of the implementation of the SDGs between now and 2030.
The report produced by Dr Sindico for UNESCO-IHP can be downloaded here - Transboundary Water Cooperation and the Sustainable Development Goals report .
SCELG to celebrate World Water Day with an event on Water and Sustainability
In this cross-disciplinary event, experts from a wide range of water-focused institutions in Scotland will exchange perspectives and predictions regarding the impact of the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the water sector. The contributions of Scotland’s Hydro Nation programme and other global programmes toward achieving the SDGs will be highlighted as the speakers and panelists explore cutting edge solutions involving technical innovation, effective governance and regulation, and pioneering research across the water sciences that will improve Integrated Water Resources Management and
availability of water and sanitation services. The event will close with a panel of Hydro Nation Scholars who will describe their research across a broad spectrum of social and hard sciences. A reception will follow. The event will be streamed live and recorded in order to make it accessible to a wider audience.
For further information and to register for this free event download our Hydronation flyer .
SCELG Seminar to discuss global governance of Climate Change after Paris
The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance is pleased to host Robert Thomson, Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde, for a seminar entitled:
“The Global Governance of Climate Change: Modelling Paris-2015”
This seminar will take place on Tuesday 15 March 2016, 13:00-14:00.
Venue: Lord Hope Building 226a/b, University of Strathclyde (map)
The seminar is free but places are limited.
Light snacks will be provided.
IV SCELG PG Colloquium on Environmental Law and Governance
On Thursday 9 June 2016 SCELG will be organising its IV PG Colloquium on Environmental Law and Governance. The call for papers (deadline 1 March 2016) can be found here (PG Colloquium IV flyer ) and we are pleased to confirm that experts from the Universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Lancaster will be acting as discussants and provide insights and feedback to the presenters. The PG colloquium will be followed on 10 June by the II CASP (Climate and Sustainability Project) Workshop
Climate Cooperation After Paris
On Wednesday 13 January the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance has organised a half day high-level event on the Paris Agreement. It was one of the first events to discuss the recent COP21 and its implications for the future of international climate change policy. The event featured a presentation from SCELG Director, Dr Francesco Sindico, followed by comments from Prof Harro Van Asselt. The event then featured a panel from leading practitioners from both developed and developing countries. The event was very well attended and all presentations and talks have been recorded and are now available on-line.
Introduction from Dr David Wilson, Director of the Strathclyde International Public Policy Institute
Presentation on the Paris Agreement from SCELG Director, Dr Francesco Sindico
Comments from Prof Harro van Asselt, Professor of Climate Law at the University of Eastern Finland and Senior Researcher at the Stockholm Environment Institute
Panel on the International Climate Change Legal Regime After Paris featuring: Christina Voigt, Professor at the University of Oslo Faculty of Law and Consultant and Principal Legal Advisor to the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and the Environment in the UN climate negotiations; Achala Chandani Abeysinghe, Principal researcher, Climate Change Group at IIED (International Institute for Environment and Development) and Legal and Technical Adviser to the Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group; Felipe Rodrigues Gomes Ferreira, Acting Head of the Division of Climate, Ozone and Chemical Safety, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil; Matthieu Wemaere, Special Advisor of Morocco for COP21; and Gavin Barrie, Head of the Scottish Government’s International Low Carbon Team.
Conclusions from Michael Mehling, Executive Director of the MIT Centre for Energy and Environmental Policy Research and Visiting Professor, Strathclyde Law School.
The high-level event was organised back to back with the Strathclyde LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy, with all speakers either coordinating or contributing to the following classes on the programme: Carbon Markets and Climate Finance; Equity and Adaptation; Forestry, Land Use and Climate Change; and Sustainable Energy Governance. Applications are now being taken for the 2016/17 edition and a new scholarship opportunity, the Dean's International Excellence Awards, are now available for candidates.
In the picture from left to right: Achala Chandani Abeysinghe, Gavin Barrie, Christina Voigt, Felipe Rodrigues Gomes Ferreira, Matthieu Wemaere, and Harro van Asselt.
SCELG Seminar to discuss transboundary aquifer law
The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance is pleased to host Shaminder Puri, Secretary General for the International Association of Hydrogeologists, for a seminar entitled:
“International Agreements over transboundary aquifers - what is really important? ... with special focus on the Disi Agreement”
This seminar will take place on Wednesday 17 February 2016, 11am-12pm.
Venue: Lord Hope Building 226a/b, University of Strathclyde (map)
The seminar is free but places are limited.
Light snacks will be provided.
“BREXIT” and the Environment
The past 2 December the Law School organised a Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG) seminar on “BREXIT” and the Environment. This was delivered by Prof. Colin Reid, University of Dundee Law School, with a response from Prof. Mark Poustie, University of Strathclyde Law School and chaired by Prof. Aileen McHarg, University of Strathclyde Law School. The whole event has been recorded and can now be accessed through the SCELG You Tube Channel.
Strathclyde Law School and the Paris Climate Change Conference
COP 21 has just finished in Paris and a historical agreement, the Paris Agreement, was adopted after two weeks of intense negotiations. Strathclyde Law School was present in the last days of COP21 with SCELG Director, Dr Francesco Sindico, attending as an observer. SCELG has published a Working Paper and a Policy Brief on the Paris Agreement, authored both by Dr Sindico.
Strathclyde Law School will be organising a high-level event to discuss the Paris Agreement and its aftermath in Glasgow at the Technology and Innovation Centre on Wednesday 13 January. The climate change programme is now available and registration for this already very popular event is still possible. A further event is planned in London in collaboration with Six Pump Court and the London Centre of International Law Practice.
Climate change law and policy is one of the most prominent areas of work within SCELG and Strathclyde boasts a unique post graduate degree offering in this field: the Strathclyde LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy. The LLM is unique in its approach and its main audience. It is delivered as blended learning with two residential weeks in Glasgow throughout the year and the rest of the programme taught on line via distance learning. Candidates on the programme are mainly professionals interested in enhancing their skills and employability in this emerging field.
Dr Sindico, programme director of the LLM commented returning from Paris: “Whatever one may think of the Paris Agreement and of the outcome of the recent negotiations, climate change law and policy is here to stay for many years to come and the Strathclyde LLM in Climate Change Lawn and Policy is uniquely positioned to play an ever increasing role in training experts who will have a key role in the implementation of the Paris Agreement.”
Seminar to discuss UNFCCC negotiation on adaptation and the Arctic
As part of the SCELG Seminar Series, Mar Campins Eritja from the University of Barcelona will be delivering a seminar entitled:
UNFCCC negotiation on adaptation and its impact on the Arctic regime
This seminar will take place on Wednesday 20 January 2016, 11-1pm.
Venue: Room 227a/b, Lord Hope Building, University of Strathclyde (map)
The seminar is free but places are limited.
Light snacks will be provided.
SCELG involved in Transboundary Aquifer training in El Salvador
Dr Francesco Sindico, SCELG Director, was part of a team delivering a training course on “Legal and Institutional Aspects of Groundwater Governance” in El Salvador. The training took place on 17 and 18 November 2015 and was organised in the framework of the Trifino case study of the GGRETA project, which is being implemented by UNESCO-IHP and IUCN. Delegates to the training included government officials from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador coming from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of the Environment and other relevant government departments. The training was also attended by colleagues coming from the Trinational Commission of the Plan Trifinio. SCELG is keen to continue to collaborate with UNESCO-IHP and IUCN in further developing groundwater governance in the Central American region.
SCELG to deliver a British Council workshop in Uruguay on Groundwater Governance
The British Council awarded Strathclyde Law School, in partnership with CeReGAS (Centro Regional para la Gestion de Aguas Subterraneas en America Latina y en el Caribe) a Researcher Links Workshop project that will allow SCELG to organise a workshop for participants from the UK and Uruguay. The workshop will be held in Salto, Uruguay on 22-26 February 2016 and will bring together 30 early career scholars and experienced researchers to hold an academic discussion on “Groundwater Governance: Drawing connections between Science, Knowledge, and Policy-Making”. If you have obtained your PhD in the last 10 years, or are at your last stages of your doctoral studies, and your work connects with the topic of the workshop you are eligible to apply for this workshop. You can find the call here - groundwater flyer . If successful, all travelling and accommodation expenses will be covered by the organisers.
SCELG members involved in the London Water Research Group’s Annual Workshop on Hydro-Hegemony
As part of the London Water Research Group, SCELG PhD researcher Stephanie Hawkins co-orginsed the Eighth International Workshop on Hydro-Hegemony: Law & Hydro-Hegemony, which took place in London on 24-25 October 2015 at King’s College London.
The participatory workshop explored thoughts presented in the workshop’s concept paper, authored by the organisers: Rebecca Farnum, Stephanie Hawkins and Mia Tamarin. Discussions revolved around key questions about the role of international law in hegemonic transboundary water interaction, as well as simulations for three ‘threads’ of relevance for hegemony and international law: aquifer resource distribution, virtual water and human rights.
SCELG’s PhD researcher Renee Martin-Nagle also featured in the workshop’s programme, leading the session on international trade and virtual water.
Organisers Stephanie Hawkins, Rebecca Farnum and Mia Tamarin
Wildlife Crime Penalties Review Report Published
The Scottish Government’s Wildlife Crime Penalties Review Group, chaired by SCELG member, Prof Mark Poustie, today published its report. The Group was established by the Government because of continuing concern that wildlife crime was damaging Scotland’s natural heritage which has both intrinsic value and significant value for Scotland’s economy in terms of attracting tourists. The Report notes that many maximum fines for key wildlife crimes such as killing birds of prey (£5,000) have not been raised since their introduction in the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Their value has been eroded by inflation and in comparison to maximum penalties for pollution control offences which have been raised 20 fold in the same period from £2,000 to £40,000. The Report argues that the way forward is to ensure that appropriate penalties are available to deal with the diverse range of wildlife crimes which range from those committed by individuals such as badger baiting, through to organised poaching and those involving commercial interests such as development destroying bat roosts or freshwater pearl mussels or the killing of a bird of prey by a shooting estate. The Report concludes that this means a wider scale of penalties and a wider range of alternative penalties should be available. The Report’s 10 recommendations include
- that the principal wildlife penalties are brought into line with those for the principal pollution offences;
- that a wider range of alternative penalties is made available including ensuring that forfeiture provisions (involving equipment, weapons, animals and/or vehicles used in the commission of wildlife crimes) are made consistent across the spectrum of wildlife legislation;
- that conservation impact statements should be used more systematically and put on a legislative footing in the medium term so that sentencing courts are more fully aware of the conservation impact of the killing of a particular creature; and
- that the recently established Scottish Sentencing Council to produce sentencing guidelines on wildlife crime to enhance the consistency and transparency of sentencing.
For details of the Review Group and the Report, see www.gov.scot/Topics/Environment/Wildlife-Habitats/paw-scotland/about/groups/penalties-review.
SCELG to discuss the role of fossil fuels in a Post Paris world
SCELG Dr Francesco Sindico has been invited to address the challenging question of “The role of fossil fuels in the future of sustainable energy systems under Post-Paris climate regime” at the forthcoming “Energy Sustainability Conference” to be held at the University of Dundee on Monday 30 November, day in which COP 21 is set to start in Paris. SCELG will then be attending the Paris Climate Summit and will then be organising a half day high-level event on Paris on 13 January.
First Candidates Graduate from the LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy
The Law School wishes to congratulate the first three students graduating from the LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy. Lydia Omuko, Eleanor Stein and Stephen Kingsley all successfully graduated from the programme, with the first two attending the graduation held in Glasgow on Wednesday 12 November. All three graduates showcase the excellence of the first cohort and of candidates more generally on the programme. The programme director, Dr Francesco Sindico, attended the graduation ceremony: “I was delighted to see the first candidates graduating from the programme. All three, Lydia, Stephen and Eleanor, have worked incredibly hard juggling their work with a demanding course of studies. I look forward to seeing the rest of the cohort graduating soon and to keeping in touch with Eleanor, Lydia and Stephen now that they have completed their LLM.”
SCELG involved in training in Bolivia
SCELG Director Dr Francesco Sindico joined (virtually) a group of experts coming from IUCN, the University of Dundee and the University of Geneva in La Paz, Bolivia, where they completed their participation to the Diplomado en Instrumentos de Gestion de Aguas Transfronterizas bajo el contexto del Cambio Climatico, organised by Aguas Sustentables. Dr Sindico was in charge of one of the modules of the Diplomado on “The Law and Policy of Climate Change” and contributed to the “International Water Law” module. Teaching was delivered completely on-line, but tutors were invited to Bolivia where Dr Sindico led an exercise with delegates on the impact that the Paris Agreement may have on climate change adaptation and transboundary waters. He also delivered a presentation in an international conference that concluded the Diplomado in which he talked about “Transboundary Aquifers ” . The Diplomado was attended by delegates coming from Bolivia and Peru working in water related government departments and ministers. Delegates also came from the Autoridad Binacional del Lago Titicaca (ALT). Unfortunately the exercise and presentation had to be delivered on-line, as Dr Sindico could not travel to Bolivia for health reasons. SCELG is keen to continue to collaborate with partners in the field of climate change and transboundary aquifers in Bolivia and Peru.
Climate Cooperation after Paris
In December 2015, the international community will converge in Paris for a climate summit that many experts consider to be the last opportunity to avoid catastrophic climate change. A “make-or-break” deal, Paris could either prove a vital step towards a low-carbon future, or a déjà vu of the disappointing Copenhagen climate summit of 2009. Against that background, this high-level event will take place just one month after the conclusion of the Paris summit and will allow timely reflection on its outcomes. The event will feature a distinguished group of negotiators and experts who attended the Paris Conference and who will be present in Glasgow on the occasion of the Strathclyde LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy. The event is organised by the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance in collaboration with the Strathclyde International Public Policy Institute, the Centre for Energy Policy, and the Institute for Future Cities.
The event will take place on 13 January 2016 from 1:30 to 5:30 at the University of Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Centre. The event is free but places are limited. To register please click here. The programme is now available and can be found here Paris flyer .
SCELG Director Dr Sindico and Visiting Professor Michael Mehling lead the first residential session of the 2015-16 Strathclyde LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy
On Saturday 10 October the first residential session of the 2015 16 edition of the Strathclyde LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy came to an end in the beautiful and historical setting of New Lanark. LLM candidates based in Croatia, Zambia, Scotland, South Africa and Germany followed the face to face component of the two core classes of the programme: Climate Change and International Law and Comparative Climate Change Law. Throughout the week students were led by SCELG Director, Dr Francesco Sindico, who is also the Programme Director of the LLM, and by Michael Mehling, who is the class coordinator for Comparative Climate Change Law. Michael is a Visiting Professor at Strathclyde Law School and joined this year’s cohort from the US where he is based at MIT as Executive Director of the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research. Prof Mehling and Dr Sindico were joined by a distinguished group of guest lectures, which included Dr Annalisa Savaresi, Teaching and Research Fellow in Global Environmental Law at the University of Edinburgh Law School and Earth Negotiations Bulletin writer; Ms Natascha Trennephl, Senior Project Manager, Policy Department, eclareon GmbH, Berlin; Dr Janet Xuanli Liao, Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Energy Security at the University of Dundee Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy; and Ms Michal Nachmany, Lead Author of the Global Climate Legislation Study. The next residential session will take place in January 2016 at the University of Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Centre. In the picture you can see LLM candidates and teaching team at New Lanark.
SCELG Visiting Researcher awarded a prestigious prize
Laura Movilla, visiting postdoctoral researcher at SCELG, has been awarded the prize "Adolfo Miaja de la Muela" by the Spanish Association of Professors of International Law and International Relations for the best doctoral thesis in Public International Law 2013-2015. The doctoral thesis, on International Water Law and transboundary aquifers, was presented at the University of Vigo (Spain) in June 2014 and published subsequently as a monograph in Spanish.
SCELG contributes to training course on oil and gas in the Caribbean
SCELG Director, Dr Francesco Sindico, has contributed to a training course on Oil and Gas Law in the context of his collaboration with the London Centre of International Law Practice (LCILP). LCILP was a key partner in the training course funded by the government of Canada in the context of the IMPACT Justice project implemented by the University of the West Indies. Dr Sindico presented on “Health, Safety and Environment in the Oil and Gas Industry” to a very distinguished cohort, which included a former Judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice, the Guyana Attorney General and practitioners from Barbados, Belize, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, St. Kitts and other Caribbean countries. The training course was also attended by members of the CARICOM Secretariat and students from the Faculty of Law of the University of the West Indies. This is just the last of the Knowledge Exchange activities that SCELG is involved in, with previous training courses taking place in China, Southern Africa and forthcoming in Latin America. SCELG is also actively involved domestically supporting the Scottish Government in critical areas of environmental law and governance.
Seminar to discuss animal rights and the law
As part of the SCELG Seminar Series, Philipp Gisbertz from the University of Göttingen will be delivering a seminar entitled:
Talking about Animal Rights - Moral claims of non-human animals and their legal preconditions
This seminar will take place on Wednesday 25 November 2015, 2-4pm.
Venue: Room 227a/b, Lord Hope Building, University of Strathclyde (map)
The seminar is free but places are limited.
Light snacks will be provided.
SCELG @ IAH International Congress
SCELG member Stephanie Hawkins attended the International Association of Hydrogeologists International Congress in Rome, presenting her research through both an oral presentation and an E-poster on 17 September 2015.
Her presentation (IAH Congress) , 'Is Justice Blind to Hidden Water? Transboundary aquifer governance: a challenge for environmental justice,’ explored the concept of environmental justice as a tool that can be operationalised in order to identify structures of injustice, which can inform policy-makers of asymmetries between groups. Specifically, she demonstrated how such a tool can be useful for addressing social issues on the local scale in cooperation over transboundary aquifers, which is essential in implementation of the recently agreed sustainable development goal which requires the achievement of ‘water for all’.
Her E-Poster (IAH Congress) , 'Do Oil and Water Mix? The need for a coherent law of transboundary aquifers,’ compared the different international legal regimes governing the constituent parts of transboundary aquifers and oil and gas reserves in order to establish lessons for the future development of international law governing transboundary aquifers.
Seminar to discuss “Brexit” and the Environment
The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance is pleased to host Professor Colin Reid from the University of Dundee, for a seminar entitled:
“Brexit” and the Environment
Brexit and the Environment Flyer
This seminar will take place on Wednesday 02 December 2015, 11am-1pm.
Venue: Insights Institute, University of Strathclyde
The seminar is free but places are limited.
Light snacks will be provided.
SCELG @ European Environmental Law Forum
SCELG Member Ms Wanying Huang gave a 30 minutes presentation (EELF) on Assessment of the Effectiveness of Basel Convention on Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Waste at European Environmental Law Forum (Making it Effective Session) at Aix-en-Provence on 3rd September 2015. The presentation assessed mainly the effectiveness of Basel Convention and how it could be made more effective.
Seminar to discuss transboundary water cooperation and water justice
The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance is pleased to host Paula Hanasz, PhD Researcher at the Australian National University, for a seminar entitled:
“Deliberative governance of transboundary rivers in the Ganges-Brahmaputra problemshed; a question of water justice?”
Water Justice Seminar flyer
This seminar will take place on Monday 26 October 2015, 10-11am.
Venue: Lord Hope Building 228, University of Strathclyde
The seminar is free but places are limited.
Light snacks will be provided.
Click here to register
SCELG @ the World Water Week
SCELG was present at one of the leading events of the international water year calendar, the World Water Week in Stockholm. Dr Francesco Sindico, SCELG Director, delivered two presentations in a special session organised jointly by SCELG, UNESCO-IHP, GEF-IW LEARN and Texas A&M University on “Developments in International Law applicable to Transboundary Aquifers : A Sustainable Development Goal Perspective”. This follows a very successful participation of SCELG at this year’s World Water Congress. In the first presentation Dr Sindico discussed whether groundwater and transboundary aquifers are present in the Sustainable Development Goals, and in the second presentation he discussed the relationship between the Draft Articles on the Law of Transboundary Aquifers and sustainable development.
SCELG launches its Working Paper and Policy Brief series
The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG) Working Papers and Policy Briefs feature research and/or work in progress from Strathclyde Law School post graduate students and researchers, SCELG members and SCELG Visiting Researchers. It is also open to colleagues who interact with SCELG, such as post graduate researchers attending the Annual Strathclyde PhD Colloquium on Environmental Law and Governance. As the first Papers and Briefs demonstrate by dealing with biodiversity, climate change and water, the SCELG Working Papers and Policy Briefs cover a wide array of environmental law and governance.
C Murdoch, Can Legalising Trade Save Endangered Species? An Investigation into the Conservation Merits of a Legal Market for CITES-prohibited specimens, SCELG Working Paper 1/2015 [access the full paper here - Working Paper Murdoch]
L Omuko, Climate Change Governance at Subnational Level: Key Lessons for Kenya’s County Governments, SCELG Working Paper 2/2015 [access the full paper here]
C Murdoch, Rights Based Approach to Conservation: Can legal trade provide the protection endangered species require?, SCELG Policy Brief 1/2015 [access the full brief here]
M Orme, F Sindico, Z Cuthbert, J Gibson, R Bostic, Good Transboundary Water Governance and the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, SCELG Policy Brief 2/2015 [access the full brief here]
Feel free to send any comments/feedback about the SCELG Working Papers and Policy Briefs directly to the Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org or to the authors of the Papers and Briefs themselves.
SCELG Seminar to discuss Hydrofracturing in the U.S.
The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance and the Centre for Energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde International Public Policy Institute are co-hosting a special seminar to discuss hydrofracturing in the U.S.
Hydrofracturing: a U.S. Perspective
- Dean Lee Paddock, Associate Dean for Environmental Studies, George Washington University
- Professor Robert Kalin, Professor of Environmental Engineering for Sustainability, University of Strathclyde
Thursday 13 August 2015, 12-4pm
Insight Institute, Collins Building, University of Strathclyde (map)
The lectures will be given between 13.00 and 15.00, with buffet lunch provided at 12.00, and coffee and tea available from 15.00 to 16.00.
For more information about speakers and registration, please click here to view the flyer - Fracking Event flyer
This event is free but places are limited. Please click here to register by 10 August.
SCELG member publishes monograph based on his PhD
Dr Uzuazo Etemire, currently Lecturer in Law at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and former PhD researcher at the University of Strathclyde Law School (supervised by Prof Mark Poustie and Dr Hakeem Yusuf) has published a monograph with Routledge titled “Law and Practice on Public Participation in Environmental Matters
The Nigerian Example in Transnational Comparative Perspective”. The monograph is based on his PhD. Further information about the monograph can be found here.
Climate and Sustainability Project Workshop
The student-led “Climate Change and Sustainability Project” (CASP) was formed under the auspice of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG), combining the specialities of a diverse group of students from the LLM in International Law and Sustainable Development and the LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy.
The focus of the project centres on the interaction between the Climate Change Regime and the Sustainable Development Framework; a particularly prominent subject due to the upcoming United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda and the impending COP21 climate change negotiations.
Over the course of the last eight months, the CASP group have critically evaluated the mutual supportiveness of the regimes; dividing into two distinct groups in order to produce several policy briefs mapping the ongoing Climate Change negotiations and the impending formation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The student-led interactive workshop held at the University on 5th June was a culmination of this research. Two key-note speakers presented talks on the climate change negotiations and the SDGs as a post-2015 development agenda. These talks were followed by a series of break-out groups led by students to discuss certain areas of these regimes and a panel discussion, comprised of academics and professionals from the renewable energy sector. A SCELG working paper and policy brief will be published as a result of the 2014-15 CASP project.
III Strathclyde Postgraduate Colloquium on Environmental Law and Governance
SCELG hosted its third Postgraduate Colloquium on June 4 2015, where PhD and Postdoc researchers from across Europe presented their research in environmental law and governance, receiving valuable feedback from their peers and distinguished guest discussants.
The Colloquium featured the following presentations:
- Ioanna Hadjiyianni, Ph.D. Candidate, King’s College London, EU External Environmental Action through Internal Environmental Measures with Extraterritorial Implications: Legality Questions within the WTOHadjiyianni Slides
- Laura Movilla, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Vigo, Spain Regional Water Governance in the MediterraneanMovilla Slides
- Federico Esu, Ph.D. Candidate, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands An International Legal Framework for Sustainable Energy: A Polycentric Approach
- Seita Romppanen, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Eastern Finland New Governance in Context: Evaluating the EU Biofuels Regime
- Daniel Iglesias Márquez, Ph.D. Candidate, Universitat Rovira I Virgili, Spain Legal Avenues to Hold Multinational Corporations Liable for Environmental Damages in a Globalised World
- Beatriz Martinez Romera, Research Fellow at CEVIA (Center for Virksomhedsansvar), University of Copenhagen, Denmark The Regulation of International Aviation’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Corporate Social Responsibility: From Public to Private Regulation in Climate Change Governance
- Wei-Chung Lin, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Nottingham, UK Implementing Multilateral Environmental Obligations in Project Finance through a Non-Judicial Mechanism? An Analysis of the World Bank Inspection Panel Lin Slides
- Pau de Vilchez, Visiting Professor, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain Human Rights and the Environment. A Comparative study of Spanish and French Case Law de Vilchez Slides
- Rosa Manzo, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Oslo, Norway A dynamic interpretation of the principle of equity in the context of the next climate change agreement: equity as a force of gravity Manzo poster
- Artem Anyshchenko, Ph.D. Fellow, University of Copenhagen, Denmark Challenges to EU Regulation of GMOs beyond the European Context Challenges to EU Regulation of GMOs Poster
SCELG hosts series of events on International Water Law
The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG), with the sponsorship of the Scottish Government and OOSKAnews Inc., hosted a series of events on 22 May, bringing together high-level experts in International Water Law.
The day began with Dr Salman M.A. Salman, fellow with the International Water Resources Association, who delivered a seminar to discuss “Entry into Force of the United Nations Watercourses Convention: Why Should it Matter?”. In his highly informative presentation, he outlined the progressive development leading to the adoption of the United Nations Watercourses Convention, and comprehensively explained the importance and relevance of the Convention now it has entered into force.
In the lunchtime session, OOSKAnews Inc. hosted the fourth “aquaNOW Audience” at the University of Strathclyde. The aquaNOW Audience series promotes discussion to bring together disparate areas of international water issues, and raise awareness of the crucial planetary challenges to water as a vital global strategic resource. Panelists Kettie Alinafe Harawa, Prof. Robert Kalin, John Oldfield, Dr. Douglas McKenzie and Ruby Moynihan discussed six recent OOSKAnews stories dealing with diverse water-related issues. The event was moderated by David Duncan, CEO and Founder of OOSKAnews Inc. and supported by the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and aquaNOW.info.
The afternoon event featured a guest lecture and roundtable discussion on “Transboundary Aquifers: An Interdisciplinary Conversation”. The roundtable followed key-note speaker, Prof Gabriel Eckstein, Professor of Law at Texas A&M University, who gave a guest lecture (Transboundary Aquifers: An Interdisciplinary Conversation slides ) on the challenges for transboundary aquifer law and governance. An esteemed panel comprised of fields from hydrogeology (Prof. Robert Kalin, University of Strathclyde), human geography (Dr. Naho Mirumachi, King’s College London) and international water law (Dr Salman M.A. Salman, International Water Resources Association) provided a response, before discussion opened up to the floor.
SCELG Members active in IWRA XV World Water Congress
The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG) was actively involved in the International Water Resources Association’s XVth World Water Congress 2015 in Edinburgh last week. Some highlights included several SCELG members and students delivering presentations and sitting on high-level panels in order to share their research.
LLM students Mallory Orme and Zoe Cuthbert delivered a presentation entitled "Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Good Transboundary Water Governance" in the session, "Global challenges in water governance: Climate Change"
PhD Researcher Renee Martin-Nagle delivered three presentations throughout the week, namely:
- "Transboundary Aquifer Management: Does One Size Fit All? " which addressed the status of international law of aquifers
- "Bulk Water Transfers: Panacea or Temporary Patch? " which discussed cross-border bulk water sales
- "The Impacts of Climate Change on Aquifers" for the special session, "Governance of shared waters - adaptation to climate change"
She was then was invited to speak on the final plenary panel to discuss emerging global trends.
Visiting Researcher and postdoctoral fellow, Laura Movilla, delivered a presentation on "Glasgow Statement on International Water Cooperation and Transboundary Aquifer Agreements” for the session, “Water Law: Transboundary water resources and international law”.
PhD Researcher Stephanie Hawkins delivered two presentations during the week.
In a special session organised by the London Water Research Group and the University of East Anglia, "Levelling players and context: Re-examining policy for transboundary water allocation and governance", she addressed the utility of international water law as a mechanism for addressing power asymmetries between states.
She also delivered a presentation entitled, "From Water to Land: Hope for the West Bank through International Water Law " for the session, "Water Law: Water governance, law and human rights"
The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance's contributions include co-organising two special sessions:
- ‘Equity & Water: Questions of Access and Benefit-sharing’
- 'The (transboundary) groundwater resources of Africa - the engine to stimulate human development & environmental sustainability.’
This session featured a parliamentary-style debate which focused on the (transboundary) groundwater resources of the African continent, where groundwater remains the invisible and neglected resource in spite of its importance. It was led by representatives of the University of Strathclyde (from the Law School and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering), along with UNESCO, the International Association of Hydrogeologists, the University of Dundee and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).
LLM student success in the Colin Donald Environmental Law Award
Ms Lydia Omuko, current student on the Strathclyde LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy, has won this year’s Colin Donald Environmental Law Award with her essay titled “Climate Change Governance at Subnational Level: Key Lessons for Kenya’s County Governments”. The essay was submitted as an assessed piece of work in the elective "Comparative Climate Change Law and Policy" and goes to show the outstanding quality of the work from our students in the programme. The essay will now be published as one of the first issues of the forthcoming SCELG (Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance) working papers and Ms Omuko will then be encouraged to submit a revised version to an academic peer reviewed journal. While not all candidates on the LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy think of academic publications as the main outlet of their work, publishing gives our LLM candidates a cutting edge on the market which cannot be overemphasised enough. The Law School will continue to work hard with our LLM candidates to give them the possibility to showcase their work and research in the best possible way.
SCELG Seminar to discuss human rights and the environment
The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance is pleased to host Professor Stefania Negri, Associate Professor from the School of Law of the University of Salerno (Italy), for a seminar entitled:
“Human Rights and the Environment”
This seminar will provide overview of human rights obligations relating to the environment (including procedural obligations, substantive obligations, and obligations specific to members of groups particularly vulnerable to environmental harm) taking stock of normative and jurisprudential developments and it will describe the greening of human rights law.
This seminar will take place on Wednesday 3 June 2015, 1-2pm.
Venue: Lord Hope Building 218, University of Strathclyde (map)
The seminar is free but places are limited.
Light snacks will be provided.
Prof Stefania Negri with SCELG Director, Dr Francesco Sindico
SCELG delivers training programme in Botswana
SCELG Director, Dr Francesco Sindico, has recently contributed to an international training programme on International Water Law organised by UNESCO-IHP in the framework of the international project GGRETA (Groundwater Resources Governance in Transboundary Aquifers). The training programme took place on Friday 8 May in Gaborone, Botswana, and was attended by government officials and experts from the three countries (South Africa, Namibia and Botswana) sharing the Stampriet Aquifer.
SCELG Member publishes piece on offshore aquifers
Renee Martin Nagle, SCELG PhD Researcher and Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), has just published a paper on Offshore Aquifers in the ELI Environmental Forum (vol. 32, 3, May/June 2015). The abstract of the article reads “The news of possibly vast reserves of groundwater trapped under continental shelves only heightens the need for improved overall governance of resource extraction and utilization. Our past exploitation of global underground water reserves is mute testimony” and the full paper can be accessed here - The Environmental Forum
SCELG and Smart Cities
On 31 March and 01 April SCELG contributed to the interdisciplinary conference “Designing Smart Cities: Opportunities and Regulatory Challenges” hosted by the University of Strathclyde and supported by CREATE and Horizon. In this video Dr Francesco Sindico, SCELG Director, outlines the Centre’s contribution to the Conference together with his reflections about smart cities.
The Law School to be active in the XVth IWRA World Water Congress
The Law School based Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG) is to be active in the International Water Resources Association’s XVth World Water Congress 2015, taking place in Edinburgh (25-29th May).
SCELG will be co-organizing the two following special sessions:
‘Equity & Water: Questions of Access and Benefit-sharing’ is the compelling title of a Congress Special Session taking place on Monday 25 May, which will focus on identifying practical legal strategies to achieve, and equitably share among different stakeholders, the economic, environmental and socio-cultural benefits arising from sustainable water management.
Led by senior representatives of the University of Edinburgh Law School, the University of Strathclyde Law School and the University of Dundee Centre for Water Law, Policy & Science, this Special Session will investigate interactions – both domestic and international – between water law and human rights, whilst also addressing biodiversity, climate change and development.
‘The (transboundary) groundwater resources of Africa - the engine to stimulate human development & environmental sustainability’ will be SCELG’s second Congress Special Session collaboration taking place on Tuesday 26 May, led representatives of the University of Strathclyde (from the Law School and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering), along with UNESCO, the International Association of Hydrogeologists, the University of Dundee and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).
This session will focus on the (trans-boundary) groundwater resources of the African continent, where groundwater remains the invisible and neglected resource in spite of its importance. The session will feature a parliamentary-style debate that will focus on the legal, scientific, financial and social aspects. The session will be moderated by Richard Owen from the African Groundwater Network, University of Zimbabwe, and will feature a wide panel of experts.
SCELG is also involved in two other special sessions: Getting the best out of the global water conventions, led by the University of Dundee, and An Equitable, Reasonable and Sustainable Use of Nile Waters: the Case of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and its Implications for Development and Cooperation in the Region, led by the University of Aberdeen.
Furthermore, individual SCELG members (Renee Martin-Nagle and Stephanie Hawkins) and Visiting Researchers (Laura Movilla) will also present in the World Water Congress. LLM students linked to the Climate and Sustainability Project (CASP) will also deliver a presentation, giving them the opportunity to engage and present their research at a very high level.
Commenting on the Law School’s participation in the World Water Congress, SCELG Director Francesco Sindico said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the Law School to contribute to a world leading event on water law and policy. It definitely puts the Law School and SCELG on the map, even more than what it already is, and it will allow us to strengthen links and collaborations. More importantly, it provides SCELG researchers and LLM students the visibility that their excellent work deserves.
SCELG to host International Water Law events on International day of Biodiversity
On Friday 22 May, in celebration of International day of Biodiversity and in anticipation of the World Water Congress in Edinburgh, the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law Governance is pleased to host a series of events, bringing together high-level experts in International Water Law.
See Transboundary Water Events flyer for more information.
All events are supported by the Scottish Government and OOKSAnews Inc, and will be web-streamed live by OOSKAnews Inc. at www.ooskanews.com to an international audience
Registration open for III SCELG PG Colloquium on Environmental Law and Governance
We are pleased to announce the final programme for the III SCELG PG Colloquium on Environmental Law and Governance taking place on Thursday 4 June 2015, which will discuss the following themes:
- Exploring the Praxis of EU Environmental Law
- Exploring Legal Frameworks for Sustainable Energy
- The Corporation in Transnational Environmental Law
- To Green or not to Green: New Trends in Environmental Enforcement
8 Speakers from 5 countries will be joined by leading experts in environmental law and governance who will be acting as discussants:
- Michael Cardwell, Professor of Agricultural Law, University of Leeds School of Law
- Belen Olmos Giupponi, Lecturer in Law, University of Stirling School of Law
- Jolene Lin, Associate Professor in International Environmental Law, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law
- Stefania Negri, Associate Professor in International Law, University of Salerno School of Law
Click here for the full programme.
The Colloquium is hosted by SCELG in collaboration with HASS Graduate School at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.
Tickets are £30 and refreshments are provided. Click here to register.
SCELG Seminar to discuss the United Nations Watercourses Convention
As a special event preceding the World Water Congress in Edinburgh, the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Policy is pleased to host:
Dr Salman M.A. Salman, a Fellow with the International Water Resources Association and former World Bank Adviser on Water Law and Policy, for a seminar supported by the Scottish Government to discuss:
"Entry into Force of the United Nations Watercourses Convention: Why Should it Matter?"
This will take place on Friday 22 May 2015, 10am-12pm.
Venue: Lord Hope Building 229a/b, University of Strathclyde (map)
The international water law theme will be continued in the afternoon with a Guest Lecture on “Transboundary Aquifers: An Interdisciplinary Conversation”
SCELG Seminar to discuss UNFCCC negotiations and the road to Paris
As a special event for Strathclyde Earth Day, the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Policy and the Centre for Energy Policy at the
University of Strathclyde International Public Policy Institute are pleased to host Professor Kati Kulovesi, Professor of International Law at the University of Eastern Finland Law School, for a special seminar to discuss “UNFCCC negotiations and the road to Paris”
This will take place on Wednesday 22 April 2015, 1-3pm.
Venue: Lord Hope Building 229a/b, University of Strathclyde (map)
See Road to Paris slides.
SCELG Guest Lecture to host panel of international experts on international water law
On Friday 22 May (3-6 PM), back to back with the World Water Congress taking place in Edinburgh the week after, the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance is organising a Guest Lecture on “Transboundary Aquifers: An Interdisciplinary Conversation”.
The key note speaker will be Prof Gabriel Eckstein, Professor at Texas A&M University, Director of the International Water Law Project and Former Advisor to the UN International Law Commission on the Law of Transboundary Aquifers. Prof Eckstein will be followed by a distinguished roundtable including Dr Salman M.A. Salman, International Water Resources Association, Dr Naho Mirumachi, Lecturer, Department of Geography, King's College London and Prof Robert Kalin, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde.
The SCELG Guest Lecture is kindly supported by the Scottish Government and Strathclyde Law School.
SCELG Seminar to discuss the Arctic in International Law
Speaker: Elizabeth Kirk, Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee
Seminar Title: Arctic Actors in International Law: The Usual Suspects?
See flyer for further details - SCELG Elizabeth Kirk Seminar flyer
SCELG to be very active on climate change and water law in 2015
2015 promises to be a very interesting year for SCELG in the fields of climate change law and water law. Members of the Centre will be involved in two high-level events supported by the French Government in the run up to the UNFCCC COP21. In February Francesco Sindico will be contributing to the conference “Explorer la boite a outils du droit international dans la perspective de la Conference de Paris sur le climat de decembre 2015” and in July he will be a panellist in a special session at the UNESCO Conference “Our Common Future under Climate Change”. Lannette Kambole Chiti and Francesco Sindico will be working together on a paper for a special issue of the journal Climate Law focusing on the relationship between the IEA and IRENA. In the field of water law, SCELG will be actively involved at the World Water Congress with presentations from Renee Martin Nagle, scheduled to start her PhD at SCELG in March 2015, Stephanie Hawkins and CASP members. SCELG will also be contributing to three special sessions at the World Water Congress on different topical areas: The (transboundary) Groundwater Resources of Africa - the engine to stimulate human development & environmental sustainability, Equity and Water: Questions of Access and Benefit-sharing, and An Equitable, Reasonable and Sustainable Use of Nile Waters: the Case of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and its Implications for Development and Cooperation in the Region.
SCELG Seminar to discuss the recent climate change negotiations
On 21 January Melissa Low, Energy Studies Institute at the National University of Singapore, delivered a seminar titled “Outcome of the Lima Climate Talks and the Road to Paris: A Focus on Intended Nationally Determined Contributions”. The talk covered the recent negotiations held in late 2014 in Lima and discussed whether they have paved the way for a successful international climate change conference (UNFCCC Conference of the Parties – COP 21) in Paris in December 2015. For a copy of the slides please click here - Outcome of the Lima Climate Talks and the Road to Paris .
LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy second residential session
On Monday 12 January 2015 the second residential session of the Strathclyde LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy has started. Participants (including students from the LLM in International Law and Sustainable Development and the MSC in Global Energy Management) will be taking electives on the programme throughout the week, including Equity and Adaptation, Carbon Markets and Climate Finance and Sustainable Energy Governance. An impressive team has been put together and participants will benefit from eminent experts on climate change law and policy, such as Michael Mehling (Executive Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Matthieu Wemaere (Legal Adviser to the French Government in the run up to COP21 in Paris), Harro Van Asselt (Editor in Chief of the Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law), Achala Abeysinghe (Legal Advisor to the Chair of the Least Developing Countries Group), Annalisa Savaresi (Earth Negotiations Bulletin writer), Christina Voigt (Co-chair of the UNFCCC REDD negotiations on results-based payments), MJ Mace (Legal Advisor to the Alliance of Small Island States), Aileen McHarg (Chair of the Academic Advisory Group, International Bar Association’s Section on Energy, Environment and Infrastructure Law) and Anita Ronne (Associate Professor in Energy Law, University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law).
III SCELG PG Colloquium on Environmental Law and Governance
On Thursday 4 June 2015 SCELG will be organising its III PG Colloquium on Environmental Law and Governance. The call for papers (deadline 1 March 2015) can be found here (SCELG flyer) and we are pleased to confirm that experts from the Universities of Salerno (Italy), Edinburgh, Leeds and Stirling will be acting as discussants and provide insights and feedback to the presenters. The PG colloquium will be followed on 05 June by the I CASP (Climate and Sustainability Project) Workshop.
Strathclyde signs MOU with gLAWcal
In occasion of the conference “Law, Technology and Development: Challenges and Opportunities in EU China Relations” Strathclyde Law School signed a Memorandum of Understanding with GLAWCAL (Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development). gLAWcal is an independent non-profit research organization that aims at providing a new focus on issues related to economic law, globalization and development, namely the relationship between international economy and trade, with special attention to a number of non-trade-related values and concerns. Strathclyde Law School joins a long list of international partners collaborating with GLAWCAL with whom the Law School looks forward to start working together. The partnership with GLAWCAL is particularly relevant for the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance due to the focus in GLAWCAL on sustainable development. The MOU has been signed by Dr Paolo Farah for GLAWCAL (Director) and Prof Mark Poustie (Associate Dean Internationalisation) for the University of Strathclyde.
Strathclyde Law School join forces with Fudan Law School, Shanghai, for a successful conference
On 11 November 2014 Strathclyde Law School and Fudan Law School, Shanghai, successfully organised a one day conference on “Law, Technology and Development: Challenges and Opportunities in EU China Relations”. The conference featured presentations from speakers coming not only from Strathclyde and Fudan but also talks from guests coming from the University of West Virginia, RMIT University in Australia, University of Copenhagen, Sichuan University and the University of Dundee. The event was supported by the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences of the University of Strathclyde, the Strathclyde Law School, the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, the Strathclyde Centre for Internet Law and Policy and Fudan Law School, Shanghai. Papers presented at the conference will now be submitted at the China EU Law Journal for a special issue on the topic of the conference.
SCELG is happy to launch its first three seminars for 2014-15. The full list can be found here [here to be hyperlinked with the attached document] and will include presentations on the development of renewable energy in China, on the international law of payment of ecosystem services and on the trade tensions between the EU and China related to the exports of key minerals for EU technology. All seminars are free and will take place in the Lord Hope Building.
SCELG welcomes new PhD researchers
Two new PhD researchers have recently joined the Law School and SCELG: Ms Panithan Thiempetch from Thailand, a lecturer at Naresuan University, and Ms Lannette Kambole Chiti from Zambia, consultant and former legal advisor for Zambia at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties. Ms Thiempetch will be working on trade and environment matters, while Ms Kambole Chiti will focus her research on international energy law and climate change. In the picture Panithan and Lannette are joined by Ms Renee Martin-Nagle, who will be starting her PhD research at the Law School and at SCELG in March 2015. Renee, currently a Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute, Washington DC, has been recently been awarded a prestigious prize, the 2014 Aviation Industry Woman of Excellence Award from the International Aviation Women Association, and has participated as a speaker to the first aquaNow Audience Event hosted at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban and supported by the Scottish Government.
LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy launched
With the first on-line learning materials posted, 21 August marks the official start of a new post graduate programme by Strathclyde Law School: the LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy. Innovative and ground-breaking, the programme requires only periodical teaching sessions in Scotland, the first one planned between 15 and 20 September and hosted at Cameron House. The remainder of the programme is undertaken through the University on line virtual learning environment, which caters for people with a strong interest in climate change law and policy, but that cannot take time off to undertake a traditional on campus year long programme. The first Strathclyde LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy cohort includes candidates from India, Indonesia, Singapore, Kenya, the USA, England and Scotland, with a wide range of professional backgrounds including national governments, specialised law firms, consultancy firms, banking and insurance sector, non-governmental organisations, research centres and academia. With several candidates already lined up for the 2015-16 cohort, the programme looks confidently to the future aiming to position itself as a leading distance learning post-graduate programme in climate change law and policy. The programme director, Dr Francesco Sindico, Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, confirms: “This is a great milestone not just for the Law School, but also for Strathclyde as a whole. It puts the University firmly on the map of climate change law and policy higher education. The quality of the 2014-15 cohort is just outstanding and I cannot wait to meet them and to start working with them in September when they will first come to Scotland.” The Strathclyde LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy has been in the making since 2012 and is backed by a leading international teaching team and a distinguished Advisory Board. Stephen Hockman, Barrister at Six Pump Court in London and Co-Director of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association Climate Change and Energy Working Group, referring to the programme has maintained: “There is no doubt that Climate Law is one of the most topical of all legal subjects at present. Specialist knowledge and a qualification in this field would benefit candidates for a legal or managerial post in a range of organisations in either the public or the private sector. There will be a growing amount of work in this area in law firms, in local authorities, in central government, in public affairs and in business and industry.” The Strathclyde LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy delivers precisely this: a “specialist knowledge and a qualification”!
Law, Technology and Development: Opportunities and Challenges in EU China Relations
The University of Strathclyde Law School and Fudan University Law School are jointly organising a one day conference on 11 November 2014 titled Law, Technology and Development: Opportunities and Challenges in EU China Relations. The call for papers is now available and papers presented at the conference will lead to a special issue of the China EU Law Journal. Two members of SCELG, Dr Stephanie Switzer and Dr Francesco Sindico, are part of the conference organising committee.
II Post Graduate Colloquium on Environmental Law and Governance
The programme for the II PG SCELG Colloquium on Environmental Law and Governance, scheduled for 5 June 2014, is now available. With abstracts coming from researchers coming from several leading European and UK based universities the event promises to be a success. The programme will touch upon the following areas: “Trends in International Environmental Law”, “The ‘public in Environmental Law”, “The Green (or not so Green) Economy” and “Not a ‘Waste’ of Time”. Registrationfor the conference is now possible.
John Anderson International Scholarships
Fourteen new scholarships are now available for international applicants of postgraduate taught masters programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Candidates on the LLM in International Law and Sustainable Development and on the LLM Human Rights Law are eligible for these scholarships. The deadline to apply is 31 May 2014. Further information can be accessed through the Law School web page.
Congratulations to Dr Etemire
SCELG member Uzuazo Etemire has recently successfully defended his doctoral thesis titled “Law and Practice on Public Access to Environmental Information and Participation in Environmental Decision-Making: A Comparative Analysis of Nigerian Legal Regime with International Best Practice”. Dr Etemire defended his thesis before a committee constituted by Prof Jona Razzaque, University of West England, Bristol (external), Dr Francesco Sindico (internal) and Prof Alan Paterson (convener). All SCELG members would like to extend their congratulations to Dr Etemire and his supervisors Prof Mark Poustie and Dr Hakeem Yusuf for his success. Uzuazo has been a very active member of SCELG and will now join the University of University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria as a newly appointed Lecturer in Law. From there he will continue collaborating with SCELG as an affiliate.
The Law of Energy Underground published by OUP
SCELG member Prof Aileen McHarg has recently edited a book titled “The Law of Energy Underground” published by Oxford University Press. The other editors are Donald N. Zillman, Aileen McHarg, Adrian Bradbrook, and Lila Barrera-Hernandez. Prof Aileen McHarg is the chair of the Academic Advisory Group of the International Bar Association Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law and the book has been a project stemming from such IBA Section. Prof Aileen McHarg and Prof Mark Poustie co-authored a chapter in the book entitled “Risk, Regulation and Carbon Capture and Storage: The United Kingdom Experience”
SCELG publishes in Transnational Environmental Law
Dr Etemire has recently published an article in Transnational Environmental Law, a recent but leading international peer reviewed journal. The article, titled “Public Access to Environmental Information: A Comparative Analysis of Nigerian Legislation with International Best Practice” can be accessed here
SCELG work on transboundary aquifer law and policy in RECIEL
The Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law has recently published a special issue on International Water Law. SCELG Director Dr Francesco Sindico, together with Prof Gabriel Eckstein (Texas A&M University School of Law), published an article in the special issue titled “The Law of Transboundary Aquifers: Many Ways of Going Forward, but Only One Way of Standing Still.
SCELG presents at the Kings College London and UCL Post Graduate Conference
SCELG member Ms Terfa Ashwe, LLM candidate on the Stratchlyde Law School LLM in International Economic Law, has presented a paper at the UCL-KCL Postgraduate Environmental Law Symposium titled “XXXX” on 1 May 2014. The slides of the presentation are now available.
Barry Barton presents at SCELG Seminar Series
Barry Barton, Professor of Law at the University of Waikato, and Director of its Centre for Environmental, Resources and Energy Law, has delivered the last SCELG seminar for this academic year on 6 May 2014. The seminar, titled “The Common Law of Subsurface Activity: General Principle and Current Problems”, was thoroughly enjoyed by members of staff, post graduate researchers and legal practitioners.
International Environmental law at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
Prof Mark Poustie taught an intensive course in International Environmental Law at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SHUFE) from Feb-March 2014 in his capacity as a visiting Oriental Scholar at SHUFE. Ms Wanying Huang, SCELG PhD researchers, collaborated as research assistant.
SCELG delivers guest lectures in leading Chinese universities
Prof Mark Poustie has delivered guest lectures on “Enhancing Environmental Regulation ” at Wuhan University Research Institute of Environmental Law on 10 March 2014 and on “Improving the Enforcement of Environmental Law: Comparative Perspectives” at Shanghai University on 11 March 2014.
UN post-2015 development framework: issues of equity, inclusivity and sustainability
"UN post-2015 development framework: issues of equity, inclusivity and sustainability", Hilary Homans, Centre for Sustainable International Development, University of Aberdeen, 19 March
This presentation will look at the process of developing the post-2015 development framework including the High Level Panel Report, the deliberations at the UN General Assembly Special Session and the most recent Open Working Group Report. The focus will be on equity, inclusivity and sustainability and how far the documents and slogans produced so far can ensure that they are part of the future global agenda.
Land 'grabbing' or land 'rush'
"Land 'grabbing' or land 'rush'", Thierry Berger, International Institute for Environment and Development, 5 March 2014
For the past few years, businesses have increasingly sought to enter into long leases or obtain lengthy concession agreements over vast areas of land in poorer countries (situated in Africa, South East Asia and Latin America) to produce mainly food crops, biofuels or timber. The media tend to refer to these transactions as land ‘grabs’ – others use the less negative term, land ‘rush’. But what does that mean? Going through a number of case studies concerning land transactions, we will review certain aspects and provisions of the deals that give rise to concern and, when viewed together, probably justify the label ‘land grab’ (including ignoring local customary rights or failing to consult the populations affected by the transactions). We will see that what matters is not the quantity of the investments but their quality. A quality investment entails the promotion of inclusive sustainable development. Investors that focus on the quality are less likely to attract criticisms of land grabbing.
II Post Graduate Colloquium on Environmental Law and Governance
The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG) operates as a hub for excellence in PhD and postgraduate teaching programmes in environmental law and governance within the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Law School. One of the Centre's activities is the organisation of annual Post Graduate Colloquium on Environmental Law and Governance. This year marks the second edition of the Colloquium, which follows from last year’s successful event. The II SCELG PG colloquium on Environmental Law and Governance will take place on Thursday 05 June 2014. The Colloquium provides an opportunity for Post Docs, Ph.D., MPhil and LLM students engaged in research in any area of environmental law and governance to present and discuss their work, or a part of it, in a supportive environment. It also provides an opportunity for environmental research students in general (who may not be presenting) to meet and network with other peers and experts working in this area of law. The complete call for abstracts (deadline 15 April 2014) is available here.
“Climate Justice”, Tahseen Jafry, Glasgow Caledonian University, 12 February 2014
See Climate Justice
Scholarships available on SCELG post graduate programmes for Indian students
As part of the GREAT Scholarship programme-India and British Council Initiative, Scholarships are now available for students of outstanding academic calibre from India applying on the Strathclyde Law School LLM International Law and Sustainable Development and LLM International Economic Law. For more information click here.
Lord Hope Postgraduate Scholarships
The Law School is delighted to announce the launch of the Lord Hope Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme. Under this initiative, up to twelve partial scholarships of £1,000 each shall be available for applicants across our range of LLM/MSc programmes in the academic year 2014/15. The awards shall be granted on a competitive footing offered on the basis of financial need and academic merit.
In addition to the financial award, the successful applicants shall also be invited to attend a celebratory dinner hosted by patron of the scheme and Emeritus Professor of the Law School, the Rt Hon Lord Hope of Craighead KT, PC, FRSE, former Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session, Second Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords and Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and most recently Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. In launching the scheme Lord Hope said “I offer my warmest congratulations to the Law School on its decision to launch these scholarships. A post-graduate qualification can offer real benefits to those seeking to develop a career in law. Attracting the best students to participate in the programmes that are on offer here is an important part of the process. So I very much welcome the opportunity that they will now have to compete for one of these awards, to which I am happy to give my name as an encouragement to develop their knowledge and understanding of their chosen subject”.
The scholarships are available in the following programmes:
LLM Human Rights
LLM International Economic Law
LLM International Law of Sustainable Development
LLM/MSc Criminal Justice and Penal Change
LLM/MSc Mediation and Conflict Resolution
LLM/MSc Employment and Labour Law Studies
LLM Climate Change Law and Policy
LLM Internet Law/LLM Information Technology and Telecoms Law
LLM Construction Law
LLM Professional Practice
LLM English Law (programme subject to validation and accreditation)
HOW TO APPLY
Applications can be made here
Strathclyde Law School Professor Appointed as Visiting Oriental Scholar in Shanghai
Professor Mark Poustie, Vice-Dean (Internationalisation) for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and former Head of the Law School has been appointed as a visiting Oriental Scholar at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SHUFE) following a competitive application process for a 3 year period commencing in January 2014. The post is funded by the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission and will involve work for at least 2 months per year for the next 3 years in Shanghai. Professor Poustie will be working on a research project on the enforcement of environmental law in China and will be supported in this by Yolanda Huang, one of his PhD researchers. He will also be teaching international and comparative environmental law at SHUFE and supervising research students there. He will continue to perform his Vice-Dean role while in Shanghai.
Professor Poustie said, ‘I am delighted with this appointment and I am very much looking forward to commencing my research project on the enforcement of environmental law in China. I also look forward to collaborating with colleagues at SHUFE and enhancing the relationship between our two institutions’.
Professor Bryan Clark, Head of the Law School, added, ‘this is a significant and prestigious appointment for Mark and testament to his profile as a leading internationally recognised scholar in the environmental law field. His appointment shall also assist us in forging greater links with staff and students at SHUFE’.
The University of Strathclyde Law School signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SHUFE in March 2013 and a Student Exchange Agreement in July 2013.
Strathclyde Law School before the United Nations
On 13December Strathclyde Law School was represented at a conference held at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva. Dr Francesco Sindico presented at the “Public Participation and Water Resources Management: Where do We Stand in International Law” Conference organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the Platform for International Water Law of the University of Geneva Faculty of Law. Dr Sindico’s presentation “The Guarani Aquifer Agreement: The Role of Non State Actors” provided further input to the discussion on public participation from a transboundary aquifer perspective using the Guarani Aquifer Agreement as a case study The conference was attended by a range of international river basin organisations such as the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River and the Observatory of the Niger Basin, just to name a few. Dr Sindico also presented the recent Glasgow Statement on International Water Cooperation and Transboundary Aquifers stemming from the high-level International Roundtable Conference organized by the Law School, with other partners, in October 2013.
Glasgow Statement on International Water Cooperation and Transboundary Aquifers
Law is mentioned as one of the key elements to be taken into account in the management of transboundary aquifers in the Glasgow Statement on International Water Cooperation and Transboundary Aquifer A . The Statement encourages mutually supportive approaches in the promotion and joint implementation of the United Nations Watercourses Convention, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Water Convention and the International Law Commission Draft Articles on the Law of Trans-boundary Aquifers. The Statement also strengthens the importance of ongoing and future capacity building in trans-boundary aquifer and water resources management. The University of Strathclyde and the Law School are strongly committed to these recommendations and will be working closely with relevant national and international stakeholders to take these forward.
The Statement stems from the International Roundtable Conference on International Water Conference and Transboundary Aquifers organised by the University of Strathclyde (Law School, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Department of Accounting and Finance) in collaboration with CIFAL Scotland in Glasgow on 15-16 October 2013. The conference was supported by the Scottish Government and the University of Strathclyde and was organised in partnership with UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research), UNESCO-IHP (International Hydrological Programme), IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), IAH (International Association of Hydrogeologists), DFID (Department for International Development), SA Water Forum, and the University of Dundee. The Conference was officially acknowledged and supported by Scottish Parliament through Motion S4M-07977. Not only did the Conference constitute the University of Strathclyde’s contribution to the UN International Year of Water Cooperation, but it was the only event worldwide to focus specifically on transboundary aquifers. Further information about the conference can be found here, together with a copy of the presentations. The Conference was preceded on Monday 14 October by a seminar on Groundwater and Transboundary Aquifer Management in the SADC, and followed on Wednesday 16 October by a seminar on The Future of International Water Law, thereby completing an intense week of work on transboundary water law, an area on which the University of Strathclyde (and the Law School therein) is well positioned to provide leadership and policy and impact oriented research.
International Water Cooperation discussed at Strathclyde
97% of global available freshwater resources are stored underground and the latest figures show more than 400 transboundary aquifers worldwide. However, the paucity of specific legal and institutional arrangements to manage these aquifers, coupled with the need to further deepen the understanding of the science policy interaction, and the emergence of the concept of payment for ecosystem services linked to groundwater resources, calls for further debate. This is particularly the case for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, where 20 transboundary aquifers have been identified amongst 13 countries. The University of Strathclyde Law School, in collaboration with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Department of Accounting and Finance and CIFAL Scotland, is organising a two day roundtable conference that will provide a unique opportunity to discuss transboundary aquifer management from a multi-disciplinary perspective, focusing on its scientific-hydrogeological, socio-economic and legal-institutional dimensions. The “International Water Cooperation and Transboundary Aquifers” roundtable conference is being held at the Glasgow City Chambers on 15 and 16 October and is kindly supported by the Scottish Government and the University of Strathclyde. The event has attracted global attention and representatives from the World Bank, UNESCO-IHP, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the International Association of Hydrogeologists, the Southern African Development Community, among other relevant organisations, will be joining colleagues at Strathclyde in what constitutes the official contribution of the University of Strathclyde to the UN International Year of Water Cooperation. For further information about the conference please see http://cifalscotland.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=236:international-water-cooperation-and-transboundary-aquifers&catid=1:forthcoming-programmes.
“The Nagoya Protocol: The obligation to share benefits from the utilization of genetic resources”
“The Nagoya Protocol: The obligation to share benefits from the utilization of genetic resources”, Mireia Martínez Barrabés, University of Barcelona, 19 September 2013, 3-4, LH 226a/b
“Between Twilight and Renaissance – Changing Prospects for the Carbon Market?”
“Between Twilight and Renaissance – Changing Prospects for the Carbon Market?”, Michael Mehling, Ecologic Institute, Washington DC, 9 September 2013, 11-12, LH 226a/b
Seminar “Mineral Waters in Brazil –regulatory framework and comparative legal perspective relating to water resource management”
Groundwater and International Law presented at prestigious International Water Law workshop
On 14 June 2013 Dr Francesco Sindico delivered a lecture on “How is Groundwater Regulated ?: The evolution of international Law and the work of the ILC” at the 4th Annual International Law and Transboundary Freshwater Workshop organised by the IHP-HELP Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science of the University of Dundee.
GMOs and Public Participation in China discussed at the Law and Society Association Conference
On 1 June 2013, PhD researcher Jingjing Zhao presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Law & Society Association (LSA) in Boston, US. The theme of this year’s Annual Meeting was ‘Power, Privilege, and the Pursuit of Justice: Legal Challenges in Precarious Times’. More than 2000 people participated in the four-day Conference at a total of 575 panels. Jingjing’s presentation titled ‘Public’s Opinion and China’s Regulation on Genetically Modified Organisms: the Ethical and Legal Perspective’ was scheduled in the panel ‘The Public’s Confidence in Courts and Legal System: A Comparative Approach’. Jingjing looked at existing problems about public participation in China’s domestic regulation on GMOs; and how such situation could be improved, particularly by learning some lessons from the EU.
‘Risk, Regulation and Carbon Capture and Storage: the United Kingdom Experience’ discussed in New Zealand
In May, Professor Aileen McHarg gave a presentation entitled ‘Risk, Regulation and Carbon Capture and Storage: the United Kingdom Experience’ at a conference entitled Energy Underground: Innovative Law and Policy for Transformative Technologies in Wellington, New Zealand. The conference was jointly organised by the New Zealand Energy Law Association, the University of Waikato and the Academic Advisory Group (AAG) to the International Bar Association’s Section on Energy, Environment, Resources and Infrastructure Law. The paper drew on a chapter, co-written with Professor Mark Poustie, which will form part of the AAG’s latest book project, also entitled Energy Underground, to be published by Oxford University Press in Spring 2014. Professor McHarg is one of the editors of the book, and chair of the AAG.
Guest Lecture: Developing Environmental Law in Developing China
“Developing Environmental Law in Developing China”, - see Qin-flyer Prof. Dr. Tianbao Qin, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of International and European Law, University of Göttingen, Associate Dean, School of Law, Wuhan University, Secretary-General, China Society of Environmental and Resources Law (CSERL), 16 May 2013, 3-5 PM, Court Senate, Collins Building. Slides and video from the Guest Lecture are now available. To view the lecture please click here (the Guest Lecture starts at minute 7:38) and to view the discussion following the lecture please click here.
David Livingstone Legacy Event - International Development Agenda with 21st Century Technology
On 2 May 2013 in the magnificent setting of the Barony Hall the event constituted a celebration of the contribution of the University of Strathclyde staff and alumni to international development. The event was opened by the Principal followed by Humza Yousaf, Minister for External Affairs & International Development. Dr Francesco Sindico and Dr Stephanie Switzer attended the event on behalf of the Law School and the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance with Dr Sindico delivering a presentation on Water Security and Climate Change .
The role of the law in Groundwater Governance debated at the 5th Regional Consultation of the Groundwater Governance Project
Groundwater Governance - A Global Framework for Action (2011-2014) is a joint project supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), jointly with UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP), the International Association of Hydrologists (IAH) and the World Bank. The project is designed to raise awareness of the importance of groundwater resources for many regions of the world, and identify and promote best practices in groundwater governance as a way to achieve the sustainable management of groundwater resources. Dr Francesco Sindico has been a member of the legal experts group that has collaborated in the preparation of the thematic paper 6 “Legal framework for sustainable groundwater governance”.At the fifth regional consultation in The Hague, 19-21 March 2013, Dr Sindico acted as rapporteur for the workshop on “Analysis and Assessment of the Major Legislative Instruments in the Region”. Slides can be viewed here WG1 Slides.
Regulating for Sustainable Electricity Market Outcomes: Asking the Law Question’, paper delivered at the Australian National Environmental Law Association’s annual conference
The presentation discussed the regulatory challenges posed by a shift away from market-oriented electricity regulation towards a system focused on sustainable outcomes, and drawing on British experience, considered the ways in which the law could support the reorientation of the regulatory regime. Slides can be viewed here - NELA Presentation.
The Centre welcomes Visiting Researcher from the University of Barcelona Law School
Dr Mireia Martinez Barrabes, XXX at the Universty of Barcelona Law School, has joined the Law School at the University of Strathclyde from February to July 2013. She has been recently awarded a PhD from the Universtiy of Barcelona Law School on XXXX. Dr Martinez Barrabes will work in the framework of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance in the field of International Environmental Law together with Dr Francesco Sindico. Her main area of interest is the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Dr Martinez Barrabes joins the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance as part of its growing Visiting Researcher Programme at an exciting part of the Centre’s development. In fact, in the coming months the latter will organize its first Guest Lecture, delivered by Dr Tianbao Qin, Wuhan University, China and will organize its first PhD Colloquium on Environmental Law and Governance.
Energy and Scottish independence debated at the University of Strathclyde
Scotland's rich energy resources – oil and gas, and now renewables – have played an important role in the economic and political case for greater autonomy. The Scottish Government and Parliament currently have only limited legal powers in relation to energy policy, but will gain full domestic legal competence in the event of independence. Even if independence is rejected, energy is likely to be a prime candidate for further devolution if, as promised, the terms of the current devolution settlement are revised.
Greater autonomy brings with it the prospect of greater policy differentiation – and indeed the Scottish Government already pursues distinctive energy policy goals. However, how meaningful is autonomy in a world of inter-connected energy markets, and in which domestic energy policy is increasingly constrained by supranational obligations?
This half-day seminar explores these issues, examining the significance of energy policy in the constitutional debate, and the potential impact of constitutional change in different energy sectors, drawing upon experience of negotiating energy autonomy and interdependence in other small, European nations.
For further information and documentation click here
Dr Sindico comments on the future of the Guarani Aquifer Agreement
Dr Sindico has been contacted by Latin American news agency Business News America after Argentina’s ratification of the Guarani Aquifer Agreement, one of the few international treaties worldwide to deal specifically with a transboundary aquifer. The piece titled “Time for Brazil and Paraguay to ratify the Guaraní aquifer agreement” and written by Jacopo Dettoni can be accessed here - Time for Brazil and Paraguay to ratify the Guaraní aquifer agreement.
Talk delivered on past, present and future climate and trade tensions at UKELA in London
The UKELA Climate Change and Energy Working Group held a mini conference in January 2013 featuring Dr Cameron Hepburn (Grantham Research Institute, LSE) and Francesco Sindico (Reader in International Environmental Law at the University of Strathclyde) on the topic of “How is climate change regulation affected by economics and World Trade law? What climate change mitigation policies could governments introduce that might achieve better results?” Presentations are available at this page
Paper published on human right to water for Indigenous People’s in Latin America
Marco Parriciatu and Francesco Sindico. "Contours of an Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Water in Latin America under International Law" International Human Rights Law Review 1 (2012): 211-236.
Abstract and full paper available here.
Paper published on climate change and litigation
Saheed A Alabi. “Using Litigation to Enforce Climate Obligations under Domestic and International Laws” Carbon and Climate Law Review 6.3 (2012): pp. 209-220
Abstract available here.
Dr Hakeem Yusuf Interviewed on Al-Jazeera’s Inside Story
The Law School’s Dr Hakeem Yusuf was recently interviewed on Al-Jazeera’s Inside Story item, ‘Where is the rule of law in Nigeria?’ Interviewed along with correspondents from the US and Nigeria, Dr Yusuf, an expert on transitional justice issues, spoke on the recent report by Amnesty International which criticises the Nigerian Government's response to the Boko Haram insurgency, suggesting that dialogue and peaceful engagement were the only means to end the violence. For further information click here.