SOAS University of London

Using the Law to Improve Forest Governance - Case Studies from Central & West Africa and the EU

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Speaker: Emily Unwin

Date: 11 October 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 11 October 2018Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Seminar

Forests are recognised internationally as being crucial for the people and the environment. But forest ecosystems are under increasing pressure from competing demands. The law is one tool to improve governance and strike a balance between different interests. Doing this in a way that is equitable and practical remains a significant challenge.  The presentation will illustrate an approach developed by ClientEarth to enhance a multi-stakeholder approach to the reform and operation of the national laws. It will use examples that have been designed to support stronger citizen engagement with the law to impact forest governance, including the implementation of national benefit sharing agreements and forest conversion regulations in C&W Africa, and market access regulations in the EU. 

Emily Unwin is a senior lawyer and the head of ClientEarth's Climate & Forests Programme. Emily is now based in ClientEarth’s London office having previously worked in Brussels for 5 years. Before joining ClientEarth Emily was a practising solicitor with with Bates Wells & Braithwaite LLP, advising on commercial, charity and environmental law. Prior to that Emily co-ordinated research on forest and agriculture-related issues for Greenpeace International. She has a wide experience of working with environment and social NGOs internationally. Emily holds a Masters in International Environmental Law from SOAS, a postgraduate diploma in Law (City University) and a MA in Geography, trained and qualified at Bird & Bird LLP and is a solicitor advocate in England and Wales.

Contact email: ledc@soas.ac.uk