Month: October 2018

How wild is our law? Planet Pod in conversation with the UKELA special interest group on Wild Law

Join Planet Pod host Amanda for a wide ranging discussion with guests Shehana Gomez, Emma Bean, Natasha Bradshaw, Colin Robertson and Rónán Kennedy in which we explore the tricky and sometimes controversial topic of earth’s jurisprudence – do mountains and rivers have rights? We discuss the Universal Declaration of Mother Earth and how it applies here in the UK and we ask: Is the law doing enough to protect and safeguard our rivers, our foreshore and our wild places? If not, what can and should we do?

LINKS:
UKELA Wild Law Special Interest Group

 

Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth

New Zealand Law: Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Act 2017 

United Nations Harmony with Nature Programme

Geneva Forum on Rights of Nature

European Ecological Law and Governance Association (ELGA)

River Frome bye-law project – Publication:  Perrin-Taillat, Michèle. 2017. Rights of nature and wild cities – river rights in Frome: a case study. In Environmental Law & Management Vol. 29. Issues 5-6, p. 236 – 239.  See also this article.

Ben Nevis as legal person:  Articles from UKELA, John Muir Trust and the Scotsman

Project for a European Citizen’s Initiative draft Directive on Rights of Nature

Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN)

Our guests:

Shehana Gomez

Shehana Gomez practised as a solicitor for about 10 years, first in immigration law in private practice and then in local government, specialising in children’s social care. She currently works as an associate lecturer at the Open University. She recently completed a LLM in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development and is co-convenor of UKELA’s wild law special interest group.

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Rónán Kennedy researches and teaches environmental law, information technology law, and the intersections between these at the National University of Ireland Galway. He has a background in information technology and information systems. In 2016, he was appointed to the Advisory Committee of the Environmental Protection Agency on the nomination of the Irish Environmental Law Association.

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Emma Bean is a former real estate solicitor now researching marine legal issues. Emma’s projects have included advising on the legality of regulating bait digging activity in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and an ongoing project advising Historic England on the protection of underwater cultural heritage assets. Emma is presently undertaking a PhD at the University of the West of England (Bristol, UK), researching the public right to fish and its impact on the management of fisheries.

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Colin Robertson worked as lawyer in UK government and the EU Commission legal service, then as lawyer-linguist at the EU Council of Ministers. Retired now, he is active in Wild Law and Rights of Nature and an Expert with the UN Harmony with Nature Programme.

Natasha Bradshaw

Natasha Bradshaw is researching for a Doctorate at the University of the West of England (Bristol, UK) on collaborative governance to support coastal stewardship. Prior to this she led the oceans governance programme and Celtic Seas Partnership for WWF-UK and spent ten years managing UK coastal & estuary partnerships in SW England.

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Planet Pod talks sustainability with James Stephens, Aston Martin’s Director of Global Government & External Affairs

During a a break at a recent sustainability seminar hosted by Aston Martin Lagonda at their Gaydon factory (at which Planet Pod hosts Amanda, Jim and Steve ran breakout sessions) Planet Pod took a pit stop to talk with James Stephens, Director of Global Government and External Affairs, about Aston Martin’s approach to sustainability.  James discusses the drivers for sustainability for this luxury marque and the importance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (aka Global Goals) and explains to Amanda staff engagement with the car manufacturer’s operational sustainability programme.  We also get a glimpse of the future of high-end personal mobility in the form of the Aston Martin Volante Vision Concept and discuss the company’s plans for prestige EVs.

LINKS:
Aston Martin

Volante Vision Concept

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James Stephens has been Director Global Government & External Affairs at Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. since August 2015. He is responsible for government affairs, corporate social responsibility and stakeholder relations for Aston Martin Lagonda worldwide.

Prior to Aston Martin Lagonda he served in a number of senior positions for Nissan Motor Company in Europe and BAE Systems in both the UK and United States.

 

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