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The Centre for Environmental Law and Policy (CELP) sits within the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University. The aim of the group is to bring together staff and students that share a concern in environmental degradation and the social conditions of its making. In doing so, CELP provides a multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder forum for sharing thoughts and actions to reveal and challenge the social, political and legal relations degrading our planet.

Our website, blog and publication page provide an overview of the Centre’s ethos, its members, its events and the Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching available for students within the School of Law and Politics. Please also see our Student Division webpage for updates on their events and ongoing projects.

CELP Recent Developments

CELP Conference ‘Protecting the Environment Through Human Rights?’

12th December 2022 CELP Conference ‘Protecting the Environment Through Human Rights?’


Natalie Kobylarz (European Court of Human Rights)

Dr Noreen O’Meara (Surrey University)

Dr Marie-Catherine Petersmann (Tillburg University)

This event explored the challenges and opportunities in using human rights law to protect the environment and combat climate change. As environmental crises grow more severe, we are seeing more attempts to utilise international human rights law to push for greater environmental protection and stronger responses to climate change. We might wonder why this is the case. Environmental harms cross boundaries and generations; complex causal relationships mean that it can be extremely challenging to attribute responsibility for a damaging effect that violates human rights to a particular state’s emissions. Is international human rights law a suitable tool to protect the environment? Why are we seeing this move to use human rights law in this way?


This fantastic event brought out some of the full complexity and importance of the relationship between environmental law and human rights. Even within the distinction between ‘anthropocentric’ and ‘ecocentric’ approaches we learned that there is nuance, such as ‘extractive’ and ‘enlightened’ anthropocentrism, with similar shades within ecocentric approaches. Overall a significant event rounded off with some intriguing questions from the audience. – Prof Ben Pontin.

Student CELP Winter Conference

07th December 2022 Student CELP Winter Conference


Prof. Ben Pontin (Cardiff University) – Environmental Law

Dr Richard Caddell (Cardiff University) – Fifty Years of the Polar Bear Agreement

Dr Ricardo Pereira (Cardiff University) – Environmental Conservation and Indigenous Peoples in the Amazon Rainforest

Dr Jennifer Allan (Cardiff University) – Insights from COP27

Miss Tegan Harrison (Cardiff University) – Thoughts on Space Security Policy

Dr PJ Blount (Cardiff University) – Air and Space Law

The Student CELP hosted their first annual Winter Conference in December 2022. Several environmental law and policy academics from Cardiff University were invited to discuss their area of interest, followed by a lively round of Q&A with student CELP members.


Students are a very important part of the research culture in the School of Law and Politics, the Student CELP winter conference was a fantastic opportunity for staff and students to come together around their shared research interests … I look forward to the next conference later this yearProf. Ben Pontin.

The Student CELP Winter Conference was an exciting way to celebrate our first semester as a Division. Student members had the opportunity to explore different areas of environmental law and policy, and learn about the latest developments from the leading experts. Staff in the Cardiff School of Law and Politics were very generous with their time and hugely supportive of our fledging group. I hope the momentum from this conference will carry through to Student CELP projects in 2023.Jade Jones, Student CELP Director.