UCL European Institute


Climate Change and the Rule of Law Conference

31 March 2022–01 April 2022, 9:00 am–5:00 pm

Forestry activities in Tasmania, Australia.

This major conference is hosted by the by UCL Centre for Law and Environment. It will bring together key thinkers, including scholars, policymakers, civil society representatives, legal practitioners, judges and PhD students, to reflect on the connections and tensions between the rule of law and climate change.

This event is free.

Event Information

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UCL Centre for Law and Environment


See programme
056: Bentham House
4-8 Endsleigh Gardens
United Kingdom

The conference will comprise 10 sessions over two days, with each expert panel exploring the practical and conceptual terrain from a different perspective. Sessions include:

  • Rule of Law, Rule of Lawyers 
  • Populism and Threats to the Rule of Law
  • Governing Climate Change: Legislation, Regulation and Rule of Law
  • Climate Change and Business
  • Climate Change and the Rule of Law in the Courts
  • International Law and COP26
  • A special session featuring research from Early Career Researchers

This conference will run as a hybrid conference, held physically in Bentham House (UCL Faculty of Laws) and online. On registration, participants can express whether they wish to attend the conference online or in-person. Final decisions on in-person capacity will be made in February 2022 and delegates will then be informed about how they can join the conference. Those who are unable to attend in-person can attend the conference virtually.

View a list of speakers and abstracts

View conference programme (subject to change)


About the Centre:

The Centre for Law and Environment was established to provide a focal point for the UCL Faculty of Laws' outstanding expertise and academic strength in the field of the environment and the law. The main goals of the Centre are to advance research and teaching and explore the role of law in meeting contemporary environmental and energy challenges.

Read up on the conference blog.

A blog leading up to the conference invites contributors to reflect on emerging issues and relations between climate change and rule of law.

Photo by Matt Palmer on Unsplash.