COPs: Location, location, location

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

Fit for 55: the role of the rule of law in national climate governance

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

Coronajurisprudence and the limits of liberal coercion

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

From Separation to Anti-Separatism: Divides and Divisiveness of the French Vivre Ensemble

In this blog post, Myriam Hunter-Henin, Reader in Law and Religion and Comparative Law at UCL and EI Fellow, analyses the French anti-separatism bill in light of the legal history of laïcite in France. A new chapter on the troubled interactions between religion and Republican values has opened in France. On April 12, 2021, the French Senate, with a sound majority of 208 votes for … Continue reading From Separation to Anti-Separatism: Divides and Divisiveness of the French Vivre Ensemble