Environmental Law and Management - Volume 31 - Issue 4


Environmental regulation, coronavirus and net zero
Director of Legal Services, Environment Agency for England  

Recent times have been dominated by debates about how our future environmental governance framework will affect environmental regulation given the opportunities and risks of EU Exit and now Transition. Yet the climate and species emergencies, where we saw repeated domestic floods and/or drought in every single quarter last year, warn us of a harsher future. This article reflects on how the coronavirus pandemic has affected the work of the English Environment Agency and some early learning; why the Environment Agency adopted an inspirational 2030 net zero target and how it might be achieved; and building on that considers some issues for environmental lawyers over the coming year.

Access to justice on environmental matters: extraterritorial enforcement of environmental rights
Jindal Global Law School, Delhi

The impact of environmental pollution and degradation cannot always be contained within the physical territory of a state; therefore, people living in neighbouring states are prone to suffer the brunt of such environmental catastrophes .Despite the unprecedented development of international environmental law and the emergence of environmental human rights in the 21st century, little attention has been paid to the extraterritorial implication of environmental pollution, as well as how victims of such environmental pollution can seek adequate remedy and compensation. This article will consider these developments and several other relevant issues.

Case Commentary
Balancing the benefits and burdens of blockchain on the environment:  a barrier or boon for sustainability?
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Strategic Issues - EU
Habitats, hamsters and ‘vacant possession’
Associate Professor in Law, 
Plymouth University

Strategic Issues - Scotland
The Continuity (Scotland) Bill 2020
Senior Lecturer in Law, Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science,
University of Dundee