Monserrat Madariaga Gómez De Cuenca draws attention to the often-overlooked significance of the location of the Conferences of the Parties (COPs) in the development of both national and international climate change law and governance. Monserrat is on the organising committee for the Climate Change and the Rule of Law Conference, a major conference hosted by the UCL Centre for Law and Environment, bringing together key thinkers to reflect on the connections and tensions between the rule of law and climate change. Continue reading COPs: Location, location, location
In the run-up to the Climate Change and the Rule of Law Conference (31 March – 1 April 2022), Sharon Turner discusses the main issues surrounding effective climate governance, and the influence and effectiveness of the EU Climate Law in a context where Member States have so far adopted national framework climate laws of variable quality. Continue reading Fit for 55: the role of the rule of law in national climate governance
Covid restrictions across the world raise the question of how far a liberal state can go in imposing coercive measures to protect life and health. Oliver Gerstenberg explores the answers the German constitutional court has given in its recent rulings on Germany’s Covid-19 measures. He also reflects on whether a vaccine mandate is compatible with the bedrock of legitimacy in liberal democracies. Continue reading Coronajurisprudence and the limits of liberal coercion
Next Generation EU, says Apostolos Thomadakis, represents a unique opportunity to lay the foundations of a deep and liquid European safe asset. Continue reading European safe asset: At last, the EU is becoming sovereign
Professor David Alexander of the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction argues for better preparedness against the disasters of the future in Europe. Continue reading Disaster Response in Europe – What Next?