On Wednesday, 28 October, 2015, UCC School of Law hosted a workshop for invited participants on the theme Law, Technical Evidence and Environmental Adjudication. The aim of the workshop was to explore further a number of the key themes to emerge from the conference on environmental courts held at UCC School of Law on 19 June 2015. The main focus of the workshop was the interaction between law and technical / scientific evidence in environmental adjudication. This raises a range of important issues including: the extent of the courts’ scientific literacy; whether the appropriate legal machinery is in place to facilitate good-quality environmental decision-making where complex technical / scientific evidence is at issue; and mechanisms to support environmental adjudication where the available technical /scientific evidence is contested.
The workshop, involving a mix of invited experts, including academic lawyers, legal practitioners and regulators, aimed: to facilitate exchange of knowledge and experience on environmental adjudication; to develop new research networks; and to map out a programme of further research in this field. The participants were:
Áine Ryall, School of Law, UCC – Convenor; The Hon Mr Justice Frank Clarke, Supreme Court of Ireland; Ceri Warnock, Faculty of Law, University of Otago; Mary Gurrie, Office of Environmental Enforcement, Environmental Protection Agency; Dr Fred Logue, FP Logue Solicitors (Partner); Dr Andrew Jackson, UCD School of Law.
This workshop is part of a larger research project Strengthening Environmental Decision-making: Law, Technical Evidence and Institutional Design funded by an Irish Research Council New Foundations Grant 2014/15.
Details here: Workshop 28 October UCC School of Law