Living and dying

Jill continues her discussion of Human Rights law and personal identity following on from the blog she wrote earlier this year, “Who does the law think we are?“. Human rights to a personal identity begin with the right to life. It is often said that without the right to life, no other rights can or […]

The future we want

There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. That idea is with us today. That time is now. Many of the recommendations that were submitted to the Zero Draft process are not really new. Many have been developing for years, decades even. Often the best ideas do not come to fruition straight away, but instead […]

What a let down

Markets and businesses – environmental or otherwise – work best when the rules of trade are clear; when the competitive playing field has been flattened out by the heavy rollers of executive decision, legislative and judicial clarification. Some would say that one of the main purposes of effective Government, whether in tackling deficit reduction or climate change, […]

ERIC advises Welsh Assembly

Professor Bob Lee has been appointed as a Special Advisor to the National Assembly for Wales’ Environment and Sustainability Committee. The appointment was confirmed on  Wednesday 18 January, as part of the Committee’s review of the Business Case into the creation of a single environmental body for Wales. On 29 November the Welsh Environment Minister, John […]

Broads follows Buglife

U & Partners (East Anglia) Ltd, R (on the application of) v. The Broads Authority [2011] EWHC 1824 (Admin) 13 July 2011. Read judgment I posted recently about a case, Buglife, which affects the rule that judicial review must be commenced “promptly and in any event not later than 3 months.” Buglife decided that, contrary […]

Green enterprise

It is one thing build up enterprise value – quite another to know when you should cash in your chips. After all of the challenges and anxieties involved in developing your own business, you won’t want to be full of regret if you get the timing of the sale of your company badly wrong. If […]

New electric initiatives

Against a background of unprecedented investment in electric vehicles development, the last few months of 2009 saw the launch of two separate initiatives aimed at accelerating their deployment even further.  The first, known as the U.S.-China Electric Vehicles Initiative, was announced by U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart at a high-profile meeting.  In […]

Nuclear statutory corporation

Government is presently consulting on institutional reforms in the nuclear sector, put together following a nuclear regulatory review conducted by Tim Stone, a senior Government Advisor. The Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Department for Works and Pensions propose to create a new independent regulator to be known as the Nuclear Statutory Corporation. […]