Irish Environmental Network Legal Conference 2022
The “challenges” of environmental judicial review and governance in Ireland
November 12, 2022
The Great Hall, The King’s Inns, Dublin
This year’s IEN Legal Conference, our 4th ELIG Conference, is driven by a desire to promote greater visibility and proactive thinking among a broad community of interest on the fate of judicial review, environmental governance, rule of law issues and human rights in the planning sphere in Ireland. The need to be vigilant for these rights, including environmental human rights, has never been more essential.
We face a multiplicity of often conflicting drivers and pressures and imperatives in the context of the many practical challenges facing our economy and society here in Ireland, for example in housing and energy, and the existential crisis of climate change and what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which the IPCC has called biodiversity and interrelated climate crises. All of this is happening at a time of deeply troubling geopolitical events, and a heightened appetite for authoritarianism, and a challenge to the independence and role of the courts in some jurisdictions. Achieving the right balance and legal compliance has never been more essential in environmental governance.
We intend to look back and forward at some relevant developments in the courts, and also consider them in the context of the rule of law and environmental human rights. We are at a key moment with many policy and legislative changes being proposed here in Ireland.
We are very honored to have the Hon. Justice Marie Baker of the Supreme Court as one of our Chairs, and will draw on a wide range of views, including the Chair of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee, the Commission European Union, members of the Irish Bar and the Law Society. To help us critically examine housing policy and legislative developments, we will also turn to academia. The event will also provide a valuable opportunity to facilitate a broader introduction to the new Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders under the Aarhus Convention, Mr. Michel Forst, who is the former UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders.
This will be our first in-person conference since our very well-received event in 2018 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Aarhus Convention and Ireland’s ratification at that time, and we hope to bring you an event of a magnitude and of a similar level. While we naturally intend to allow for hybrid participation as well, we want to encourage in-person engagement to stimulate collective thinking at this important time among those of you particularly involved in this space.
We hope you can join us in person for this event, as we really want to spark some very active thinking and networking at this key time, or online – as we want to expand the reach of this event as widely as possible. possible.
You can find the full program and registration details on Eventbrite.