Actions and Detail Panel
Roundtable discussion on environmental crime and green criminology
Wed 15 March 2017, 14:00 – 17:00 GMT
Environmental crimes are gaining salience as policy instruments across different levels of governance for the protection of natural resources and the environment. Policy-makers, social movements and academia increasingly converge in regarding criminal law and justice as a legitimate means of social control for environmental governance. Environmental crimes thus aim at complementing and reinforcing environmental rules, standards and policies by fostering behavioural change and managing the impact of human activities on the environment. While typifying a strong regulatory strategy that provides environmental law a hard enforcement edge, the increasing significance of criminal approaches across all levels of environmental governance raises complex issues of theory and practice. What role should criminal law and justice have within the broader regulatory policy for environmental protection? What environmental harmful conducts should be criminalised? What kind of criminal penalties should be applied? How to strike a legitimate balance between deterrence and commensurability with environmental harms? How to address transnational dynamics of environmental harmful activities?
The Roundtable on Environmental Crime and Green Criminology will gather lawyers and criminologists from the University of Lancaster, the University of Sussex and the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG) to debate these questions and discuss the wider role of criminal law and justice in environmental governance from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Chair: Prof. Elisa Morgera (Co-director of SCELG); Discussants: Prof. Mark Poustie (SCELG), Dr. Antonio Cardesa-Salzmann (SCELG), Dr. Gary Potter (University of Lancaster), Dr. Emanuela Orlando (University of Sussex)