SCELG represented at Images of Research competitionFour members of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance (SCELG) had their works shortlisted for the University of Strathclyde Images of Research competition 2018. This annual competition gives researchers the unique opportunity to reflect upon their work in a creative way. The subsequent year-long exhibition allows the researchers to visually communicate their work engaging with a broader audience, improving knowledge sharing, and enhancing the impact of their research.
The launch of this exhibition was on Monday 30th of April, marking the beginning of 'Engage with Strathclyde' which brought the university together with industry, the public and the third sector. During this week, SCELG hosted their annual Festival of Environmental Law and Governance with an exciting programme of events. SCELG member Mara Ntona was selected as the winner of the Society and Policy category for her image 'Environmental Governance in Global Britain'.
Dr Margherita Brunori
How to reward farmers’ knowledge?
The watercolour drawing by Margherita Brunori, titled “How to reward farmers’ knowledge?” represents one of the objectives of the BeneLex project. It shows the linkages between lab research for “modern” product development and on-farm “traditional” practices, it shows different levels of interactions including the international one (UN poster), and it hints at the relevance of law in these settings. The image therefore tells the story of Benelex research, which focuses on the role of law to ensure equitable relationships between all involved, at different levels and in different sites, in the sustainable use of natural resources which is based on the recognition of the need for lawyers to focus on the connections and disconnects from the local to the national and global level.
Environmental governance in ‘global Britain’
The term ‘New World Order’ is widely associated with global governance, its origins lying in the formation of the League of Nations following the devastation of WWI. This scene in Edinburgh shortly after the EU referendum depicts the growing disillusionment surrounding cosmopolitan ideals. SCELG’s research on post-Brexit environmental governance is helping to realise the Scottish Government’s vision for continuing collaboration with the EU and other international actors on environmental matters.
Animals and Us
Compassion for animals is innately human; but cruelty and greed can be too. Today we are trading more animals and animal products internationally than ever before. However, the animal welfare standards imposed by law differ vastly between countries. This research explores how precedents in trade and environmental law could support the emergence of a new field of global animal law. This development could enhance animal welfare and facilitate ethical consumerism.
Social Landscapes Post Brexit
Just one of the benefits of Scotland being a member of the EU is the financial assistance that has supported projects for ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive’ development in an effort to create social, environmental, and territorial unity across the country. The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance is investigating the opportunities and implications of Brexit, exploring avenues for continued support of citizens in realising their social, economic and environmental rights.