20th Annual Irish European Law Forum

Key Challenges in European Nature Law and Policy

Friday 01 June 2018, UCD Sutherland School of Law

Programme - IELF 2018

The EU Action Plan for nature, people and the economy, adopted in 2017, envisages a series of actions to be delivered and reported on within the life of the current European Commission, whose mandate ends in November 2019. The current Convention on Biological Diversity and EU biodiversity targets also run to 2020, making the post-2020 nature policy and law landscape a matter of timely importance.
While evidence suggests that Natura 2000 and the Habitats and Birds Directives have delivered conservation benefits for wildlife in Europe, biodiversity loss continues apace, with international headline news having been made recently by reports of major declines in flying insect abundance (>75% decline in total insect biomass) in Germany between 1989 and 2016 (Hallmann et al, 2017), and a decline in farmland bird abundance of at least one-third in France over the past 15 years (MNHN, 2018).
This multidisciplinary forum will consider key challenges for European nature law and policy currently and post-2020, focusing on international, EU and national law and policy. The event brings together a range of leading experts from across Europe, including individuals instrumentally involved in the creation and implementation of the Habitats and Birds Directives, and will be of broad interest to practising lawyers, academics, students, policy makers, engineers, planners, environmental consultants, and other environmental professionals.

Topics will include: recent developments in nature conservation law and policy; topical issues regarding Article 6 of the Habitats Directive (appropriate assessment, IROPI, etc.); EU nature law/policy and Brexit; the relationship between science and the precautionary principle in the context of the Habitats Directive; litigation and access to justice; agriculture and nature conservation; a comparative perspective on Irish and English case law.
A book launch and panel discussion ('Conserving Europe’s Wildlife: Law and Policy of the Natura 2000 Network of Protected Areas', Routledge, 2018) will be held by the forum organiser (Dr. Andrew Jackson) on the evening of 31 May at the Law Society on Blackhall Place from 6.30pm. Please email danny.moran@ucd.ie to confirm attendance at the book launch by 24 May (no ticket required).

Tickets €80 per person (including lunch and coffee breaks). Pair of tickets €150. Limited number of concession tickets at €40 (NGOs, students, lawyers of < 5 years' PQE). Please book early to avoid disappointment


Photo Credit: Micheál Ó Bríain