SOAS University of London

Designing Law and Policy Towards Managing Plastics in a Circular Economy


Date: 2 June 2018Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 2 June 2018Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: To be confirmed

Type of Event: Workshop

The Environmental Regulatory Research Group at the School of Law, University of Surrey, the Law, Environment and Development Centre (LEDC) at the School of Law, SOAS, the Doctoral School at SOAS and the School of Law, Essex University  are organising a workshop on 2 June entitled Designing Law and Policy for a Zero Plastic Circular Economy.

Attendance is free but upon registration. Please send an email to the LEDC team at to register for this event.

The workshop schedule is as follows  - Saturday 2 June 2018, 9:00am-5:00pm
9:00am - 9.20am Registration & tea/coffee
9:20am - 9.30am


Rosalind Malcolm, Surrey University

Thoko Kaime, Essex University

Philippe Cullet, SOAS University of London

9:30am - 11.00am
Session 1: Circular Economy and Plastics – Context for Law and Policy Making

Chair: Rosalind Malcolm, Surrey University

Roland Clift, University of Surrey & University of British Columbia | Thinking Straight About Plastics

Richard Murphy, University of Surrey | A Life Cycle Perspective on Plastics in the Environment

Tatiana Lujan, ClientEarth, London | Plastic Pollution as a Material Business Risk

11:00am - 11.15am Tea/coffee
11:15am - 12.45pm
Session 2 (part i): Rethinking Law and Policy for A Circular Economy

Chair: Feja Lesniewska, SOAS University of London

Walter Stahel,  The Product-Life Institute, Geneva | Micro and Macro Plastics - A Suitable Case for Extended Producer Liability?

David Ong, Nottingham Trent University | Regulation of Plastics in the Marine Environment: Conceptual & International Perspectives

David Monciardini, University of Exeter Business School – Penryn | Regulating the Circular Economy? Insights, Gaps and Future Research

12:45pm - 2.00pm Lunch at Antalya, 103-105 Southampton Row,Bloomsbury, London WC1B 4HH,
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Session 2 (part II): Rethinking Law and Policy for A Circular Economy (2:00pm-3:00pm)

Carrie Bradshaw, University of York | Frailties of Circular Economy Thinking in the Context of Food Waste

Katrien Steenmans, King’s College London | Extending Producer Responsibility for Circular Economies

3:00pm - 3:15pm Tea/coffee
3:15pm - 4:45pm
Session 3: Plastics and the Circular Economy from a Global South Perspective

Chair: Thoko Kaime, Essex University

Tisunge Mauluka-Kaime, Catholic University Malawi | The Role of Waste Management Policy-Design in Creating Zero Plastic Economies: What Role for the Informal Sector?

Nicholas Otienoh Oguge, Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law, Nairobi University | Circular Economy Measures: An Opportunity for Rethinking Plastic Governance in Kenya

Poornima Chikarmane, SNDT Women's University, Pune | Combining Waste Regulation and Worker Recognition: Experiences from the Indian Context

4:45pm - 5:00pm
Session 4: Way forward:  Research funding & Publication of Special Issue

Rosalind Malcolm, Surrey University,

Thoko Kaime, Essex University

Philippe Cullet, SOAS University of London

Contact email: LEDC team: