Sep 29 2009

Forthcoming conference: Environmental Justice, Human Rights, and Environmental Law

On Monday 2nd November the Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law and the Environmental Law Centre Scotland are co-hosting this conference at the Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. I’m speaking on rights to environmental information. The Environmental Information Regulations (there are two sets, UK and Scottish) don’t receive a lot of attention in comparison to the general scheme of the two Freedom of Information Acts, but they have a wider ambit, covering some private-sector organisations and companies who aren’t covered by general FOI legislation, and in some ways give those seeking information a better process than the Acts. Here’s an algorithm of the relationship between the different schemes I did before; here’s the Scottish Information Commissioner’s gateway page on environmental information; and here’s a general guide to freedom of information rights in Scotland by Derek O’Carroll, advocate.

  • 9.00-9.30am Registration and Tea/Coffee
  • 9.30-9.45am Welcome address: Lord MacKay of Drumadoon
  • 9.45-10.30am Defining Environmental Justice: Ms Aimee Asante, The Law School, University of Strathclyde
  • 10.30-10.45am Break
  • 10.45-11.30am Using Law to deliver Environmental Justice: Professor Mark Poustie, The Law School, University of Strathclyde
  • 11.30am-12.15pm Rights created under the ECHR: Aidan O’Neill QC
  • 12.15-1.00pm Rights in EU Environmental Law: Professor Ludwig Kramer, Patron, Environmental Law Centre Scotland
  • 1.00-1.45pm Lunch
  • 1.45-2.15pm Aarhus Convention and Access to Justice in Scots Law: Frances McCartney, Environmental Law Centre Scotland
  • 2.15-2.45pm Planning Reforms and Human Rights: Ralph Smith QC
  • 2.45-3.00pm Break
  • 3.00-3.30pm Rights to Environmental Information: Jonathan Mitchell QC
  • 3.30-4.15pm Panel discussion, questions and closing remarks
  • 4.15-5.00pm Drinks reception

The conference fee including lunch, refreshments and drinks reception is £150. Concessions are available for academics, delegates from charitable organisations and community groups at the rate of £80. Booking form here.


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