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Law and Environment in Small States Conference and Workshop

  • Centre for Commercial Law Studies Lincoln's Inn Fields London, England, WC2A United Kingdom (map)

This free conference is the first of a series to be held by the Centre for Small States at QMUL to address these issues of environment and law. A variety of perspectives is included, all with a view to concrete change and advancement in law and fact, including speakers from small states.

Small States face the same environmental problems that the rest of the world does – eg, climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, soil degradation, deforestation, desertification, changes in the fresh water supply, changes in oceans, and fisheries losses. However, as small States, they have fewer resources to combat this order secure resilience from such changes. Further, some of the impacts on small States are disproportionately large. For example, sea level rise and ocean acidification from climate change affect the very existence and survival of small island states; desertification and water supplies affect the survival of small desert states.

International and domestic laws can play a big role in preventing, monitoring, mitigating and adapting to such changes. But small States also face significant challenges in their capacity to develop relevant national and international law, as well as to implement and enforce it.

You can register and view the conference programme here: