Dear  Sustainability Practitioners,

It is my pleasure to invite you to attend the 8th European Environmental Law Forum (EELF) Annual (Online) Conference 2021 “Social and Scientific Uncertainties in Environmental Law” from 8 to September 10, 2021.

EELF 2021 is an annual conference whose goal is to bring together scholars and practitioners from diverse fields interested in developing viable, sustainable solutions through inclusive collaboration focused on law and policy.

There are two specific sub themes that may be of interest to you:

subtheme 4 . The Role of the General Public in Life Science Governance/Environmental Decision Processes

Recently the public has been asked to contribute to issues regarding environmental policy. Precisely defining the roles ascribed to the general public is notoriously difficult as different modes of consultation construct these roles differently. In some instances, the general public has been mobilised; in others, it has mobilised itself. The knowledge and competence of the general public are lauded in some circumstances but condemned in others (e.g. the public’s scientific understanding). Arranged forms of consultancy such as surveys are at risk of framing issues for the public, compared with explorative approaches such as qualitative enquiry or deliberative procedures where participants have the freedom to express or develop their own framings.

Contributions may explore the political-philosophical discussion pertaining to public consultations, the deontological or consequentialist perspectives, public participation in Environmental Impact Assessment, the protection of democratic rights and public trust, and the criticism of public consultation systems that are seen to not result in policy changes. Other topics which fit this theme are also welcomed.

Subtheme 5. Green Energy, Economics, and Sustainable Business

‘Net Zero’ carbon emission targets have been set by governments worldwide. Many governments have declared a ‘Climate Emergency’ and are taking action on businesses that damage the environment. Integral in reducing carbon emissions and restoring biodiversity and natural resources are energy policy and technologies; economic models, business models and practices such as the ‘Circular Economy’, and policy and regulatory frameworks relevant to these areas of human activity. Contributions under this theme are welcome that, for example, explore lessons that can be learnt from successes and failures in projects addressing or related to green energy and sustainable business. In addition, contributors may wish to explore ideas and new concepts for the re-thinking of legal policies and frameworks. Contributions will be welcomed on how regulation, or lack of regulation, can help or hinder progress in the broadest perspective. Other topics which fit this theme are also welcomed.

The conference will be hosted virtually by Bournemouth University’s Environment & Threats Strategic Research Group and will include as part of the program distinguished speakers:

  1. Professor Valerie Fogleman – Professor of Law, School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University.
  1. Professor Carolyn Roberts – Professor of the Environment at Gresham College from 2014-2018.
  1. Dr Tiina Paloniitty – Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki.
  1. Dr Niina Kotamäki – Freshwater Centre at the Finnish Environment Institute.
  1. Professor Angus Nurse – Professor of Green Criminology and Environmental Justice, Head of School of Social Sciences Nottingham Trent University.
  1. Professor Aðalheiður Jóhannsdóttir- Faculty of Law at the University of Iceland.
  1. Dr Lalanath de Silva – Head of Green Climate Fund’s Independent Redress Mechanism.
  1. Ms Jojo Mehta – Chair of Stop Ecocide Foundation.
  1. Professor Aleksandra Cavoski-Professor of Environmental Law at University of Birmingham
  1. Ms Katie Patrick Environmental Engineer and Co-Founder Energy Lollipop & Urban Canopy.
  1. Professor Stephen Fletcher-Professor of Ocean Policy and Economy at the University of Portsmouth, Director of Revolution Plastics and Member, UN International Resource Panel.
  1. Professor Dr Ludwig Krämer- Visiting Professor at University College London and Professor in European and German Environmental Law at the University of Bremen.

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Call for Abstracts can be found at

I look forward to seeing you virtually at the conference.

Tilak Ginige

Chair of EELF 2020 Conference Organising Committee

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law, Faculty of Science & Technology

Department of Life & Environmental Sciences, Bournemouth University

Tel: 01 202 965680

Mobile: 07946541641

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