Centre for Law and Environment


Participation in a time of climate crisis

6 December 2021

The article aims to defend the inclusion of the wider public in environmental decisions; and studies the role of law in shaping this.

Deforested land with trees in the background

Image credit: Eugene ZelenkoCC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons 

‘Participation in a time of climate crisis’ argues that while the climate crisis puts pressure on participation in decision making, it also reinforces its necessity. It highlights how law contributes to the context, the place, and the meaning of participation; and studies its underexplored role in shaping participation on the ground. The discourse around public participation in mitigating climate change is particularly timely, with COP26 – which took place in Glasgow last month – raising questions about the space and barriers for democratic participation in the climate crisis. 

The article is co-authored by Professor Chiara Armeni (Chair of Environmental Law at the Faculty of Law and Criminology, Université Libre de Bruxelles) and Professor Maria Lee (Professor of Law at UCL Laws), and has been published in the Journal of Law and Society. 

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