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LCIL Friday Lecture ‘Science and international environmental law: a meeting of minds, or two disciplines worlds apart?’ by Jolyon Thomson

November 21, 2014 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Lecture summary:   Looking at international processes for the use of science in international environmental law, Jolyon Thomson will consider the significance of scientific data in treaty development and will ask which of the two disciplines is playing catch up.

Jolyon Thomson is a Deputy Director and Head of the International and EU legal team in Defra Legal Advisers in the UK Government. He has worked in the team since 2002 and has negotiated for the UK and EU at meetings held under numerous multilateral environmental agreements and at UN conferences, including at the Rio+20 summit in 2012. He was also part of the UK’s legal team in the Ireland v UK MOX Plant arbitrations on the marine environment.

He was a member of the Nobel Prize winning IPCC team for his work on the legal aspects of carbon capture and storage, and was awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to environmental law. He has published on the subject of the EU and international environmental law.

Speaker:  Jolyon Thomson, Deputy Director, Defra Legal Advisers, London


Lauterpacht Centre for International Law


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