SOAS University of London

The Search for Principles of Transnational Environmental Regulation

Speaker: Dr Veerle Heyvaert, LSE

Date: 18 January 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 18 January 2018Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Seminar

The prolific growth of transnational environmental regulatory frameworks raises a host of pressing questions about the existence and content of binding principles to which the exercise of transnational regulatory authority should be subjected in order to be legitimate. Most important among these is the core question whether transnational environmental regulation (TER) recognises and respects an overarching set of shared principles that guide decision making under its auspices. Relatedly, if such shared principles do exist, how can they be identified?

 'The Search for Principles of Transnational Environmental Regulation' attempts to answer these questions  and argues that, while the extensive range and diversity of TER do not allow for a fixed set of legal principles to be cast as definitive, a number of clear trends can nonetheless be discerned. These include a growing prominence of procedural rights as environmental principles, which development has been keenly observed within academic circles and beyond. Equally relevant, however, are two additional but less frequently discussed developments. The first concerns the increasing incorporation of an expectation of progression in both public and private TER. The second is a growing tendency to develop and rely on managerialised interpretations of governance principles. The latter trend initiated in private TER, but is arguably spreading toward the public sphere. Together, the three developments are likely to affect the normative impact of legal principles for transnational governance in a fundamental way.


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Veerle Heyvaert - The Search for Principles of Transnational Environmental Regulation


Veerle Heyvaert is an Associate Professor (Reader) at the London School of Economics where she teaches environmental law and European law. She has an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence (It). In 1998-1999, she was the inaugural Sir Peter North Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and Keble College, Oxford. She has published extensively on issues of transnational environmental law and risk regulation, including recent articles on the emergence of hybrid norms in the European Journal of International Law (2009) and the globalisation of chemicals regulation in the Journal of Law and Society (2009). 

This event will take place from 7:00 to  8:30 pm in Room G3 (main building) – All Welcome

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