07 October 2021


The Scottish Climate Emergency Legal Network is holding a major conference in Glasgow during the run-up to COP26. The event is to take place on the 21st of October, 10 days before the start of Glasgow’s historic summit, and will be accessible both online and in person at the Renfield Centre on Bath Street. Registration will begin at 9:30am, after which the conference itself will run from 10-5. Following this there will be a social segment from 5 until 6:30.

Speakers at the event will include experts both from the national and international level, focusing mainly on large scale climate issues, and how law and legislation can and has been used to affect positive change. The organisations sponsoring the event are the University of Aberdeen Centre for Energy Law; a leading research facility and a member of the IUCN academy for environmental law, and the Legal Services Agency; a charity committed to furthering justice in the law and providing legal assistance to those who need it most. It is also supported by the Clark Foundation for Legal Education. 

The conference aims to identify and explain the wide range of roles that the law will have to play in tackling climate change, and how these roles are applicable to the individuals and organisations in attendance. As it becomes clearer that governments are failing to properly handle the climate crisis, we in the legal profession should consider what options we have available for challenging our leaders and holding them to account. This conference will equip delegates with the right tools to help them make the most difference in this area possible. However, guests need not be active in the legal field to come along. We welcome anyone interested in climate activism and the cause to help save our planet. Whether you’re a lawyer with years of experience in the climate field, or an aspiring environmentalist wanting to learn more, we hope you’ll join us to discuss the law’s role in the future of our planet. 

Booking information can be found here for in-person guests, and here for online guests.