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Public Interest Environmental Law UK

Public Interest Environmental Law (PIEL) UK was formed in 2007 by students from various University of London colleges as an unincorporated association. Its cause is to champion and raise awareness of environmental justice issues by organising the annual PIEL UK Conference. The inspiration for running a conference on environmental justice comes from the cutting-edge event of the same name that has been running for over 25 years in Oregon, US and attracts thousands of delegates annually.  Each year, a new team of student members benefit from the generous support of an Advisory Board which consists of academics, professionals and activists.


The PIEL UK Conference provides an accessible forum for discussion, deliberation and debate. This allows a diverse range of practitioners, academics and  members of the public to engage with problems concerning the environment, as well as to encourage solutions.  By increasing public awareness of the role that law can play, the Conference aims toward achieving environmental justice in the UK and further afield.


Being completely student-led, PIEL UK strives to achieve a balance between those who are affected by, and those who practise in the laws that can promote environmental justice.  Furthermore, PIEL UK strives to stage a conference that  achieves the best possible results in accordance with sustainable and ethical principles as embodied in the PIEL UK Constitution.

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