Can We Catch Up? How the UK is Falling Behind on Environmental Law
  • Plymouth Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University

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The UK Environmental Law Association is delighted to present its Annual Garner Lecture given by James Thornton, CEO of ClientEarth.

The lecture will be chaired by Sir Francis Jacobs, UKELA Patron. It will be held in London but streamed live to the University lecture theatre. Attendance at the video-link screening is free of charge and you will have the opportunity to pose a question to James via the #Garner2015 hashtag on Twitter on the evening of the lecture.

Doors open at 17:30 for a 18:00 start. All welcome.

Please email if you are interested in attending this event.

Speaker biography

James is the founder and CEO of ClientEarth – Europe’s leading environmental law organisation. He began ClientEarth in 2007 and it has grown in eight years to an organisation of more than 80 people operating across the globe. He has overseen victories in the UK Supreme Court on air pollution, in Poland against coal-fired power stations and is an adviser to the Chinese Government on the rule of law. James moved to London from the US where he started the Citizens' Enforcement Project at Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). He used strategic litigation to win scores of cases against polluters and redirect the US government's enforcement agenda. He went on to found the Los Angeles Office of the NRDC. The New Statesman has named him as one of ten people who could change the world while The Lawyer has picked him as one of the top 100 lawyers in the UK.


UKELA works to improve understanding and awareness of environmental law, and to make the law work for a better environment. It's for anyone interested in environmental law. Visit UKELA's website for more information.

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