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Environmental Regulation and Enforcement Conference
Joint Conference with the Environmental Protection Agency

Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Thursday 18 October 2012

This conference, jointly hosted by the Irish Centre for European Law at Trinity College, Dublin and the Environmental Protection Agency, addressed key issues in environmental regulation and enforcement. The conference, attended by over 150 delegates, included sessions on Climate and Water and more general sessions on regulation and enforcement, covering developments both in Ireland and internationally. Speaker notes and presentations are available for download below and this page also includes a photo gallery of the event.

Mary Robinson addressed the conference on the theme of Climate Justice - Bridging Human Rights and Climate Change Law


Laura Burke, Director General, EPA
Lorna Dempsey, Head of Legal Services, Office of Environmental Enforcement, EPA
Nathy Dunleavy, Barrister-at-Law & Director, ICEL
Mark Griffin, Head of Water Division, Department of Environment - Paper
Sean Guerin, Barrister-at-Law, Dublin - Presentation
Ludwig Krämer, College of Europe & ClientEarth, Brussels - Presentation
The Hon. Mrs Justice Fidelma Macken, Chairman, ICEL
The Hon. Mr Justice John MacMenamin, Supreme Court
Rachel Minch, Barry Doyle & Company Solicitors - Presentation
Shane Murphy, Senior Counsel, Dublin
Micheál Ó Cinnéide, Director of Environmental Assessment, EPA
Gerard O'Leary, Director of Enforcement, EPA
Mary Robinson, Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice
Áine Ryall, University College, Cork
Colin Scott, Professor of EU Regulation and Governance, University College Dublin - Presentation

The Hon. Mr. Justice John Mac Menamin chaired the session on Climate

Laura Burke, Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency, speaking during the Climate session

Lorna Dempsey, Head of Legal Services at the EPA's Office of Environmental Enforcement, Shane Murphy SC and Gerard O'Leary, Director, EPA, discussing civil and criminal enforcement of environmental law

Ludwig Krämer, making a point from the floor. Professor Krämer gave a presentation to close the conference

Mary Robinson and The Hon. Mr Justice John Mac Menamin

(L-R) Barry Galvin and Louise Connolly of Barry C. Galvin & Son Solicitors; Vincent O'Reilly of Steen O'Reilly Solicitors; and Fergus Mullen of Woods Ahern Mullen Solicitors

Áine Ryall of University College Cork contributing during the morning session on Enforcement. Dr. Ryall was a speaker in the afternoon

Herbert Mulligan, Editor of Health & Safety Review

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