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Fracking and Human Rights Conflicts - the UK experience


Free Public Talk Details

  • Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
  • Venue: Moot Court, G.06
    Ground level, Law Building
    The University of Western Australia

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Fracking for oil

Professor Karen Morrow will talk about the rich, complex, and rapidly developing case law on fracking is emerging as a result.

The current UK government, freed from the constraints of coalition, is generally showing itself to be increasingly hostile to human rights based challenges, viewing them as impediments to both its own activities and those that it seeks to authorise or encourage.

Environmental decision-making in general and fracking in particular has seen this made manifest in a particularly acute form, with a number of recent government initiatives combining to significantly curtail public participation rights and legal challenges in this vexed area. The systematic reduction and (in some cases) outright removal of other opportunities for local participation in fracking decisions have served to prompt public protest and to promote human rights litigation as one of the few remaining viable avenues of challenge. At the same time, human rights claims have been invoked by landowners and fracking companies against anti-fracking protestors.

Details and Registration

Wednesday 22 June 2016
Venue: The University of Western Australia

G.06, Moot Court Room, Law Building
Time: 5:30 am - 6:30 pm

Seminar Presenter

Prof Karen MorrowProfessor Karen Morrow, College of Law and Criminology, Swansea University

Karen Morrow LLB, LLM was educated at the Queen’s University of Belfast and King’s College London. She has lectured at Buckingham, Durham and Leeds Universities and at Queen’s University of Belfast. She has been Professor of Environmental Law at Swansea University since 2007.

Her research interests focus on theoretical and practical aspects of public participation in environmental law and policy and on gender and the environment. She has published extensively in these areas. She is currently working principally on gender and the global climate change regime. She was founding co-editor of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law e-journal and the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment and is a founder member and part of the core team of the related Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment. Karen is co-author of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation Commissioned report ‘A Human Rights Assessment of Hydraulic Fracturing and Other Unconventional Gas Development in the United Kingdom’ (2014) and was a founder member of the steering group for the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on the Human Rights Impact of Fracking.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Full attendance at this event entitles a WA legal practitioner to 1 CPD point.

Competency Area 3: Ethics and Professional Responsibility - 0.5
Competency Area 4: Substantive Law - 0.5

This event may attract CPD points for legal practitioners from other parts of Australia.  Check with your local Legal Practice Board.