Environmental law website

October 2009

Litter binA pioneering website providing public access to environment law information has been created by ESRC researchers at Cardiff University, working in partnership with the UK Environment Law Association.

Following initial research by Tamara Egede, a former corporate lawyer, the ESRC Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS) at Cardiff University was commissioned by the UK Environmental Law Association  to carry out a study examining the availability of online advice on environmental law, and the likely demand for a dedicated website offering such advice.

In the aftermath of the scoping study, the 'Law & Your Environment' website was developed and launched in 2009, giving public access to expertise and advice. The project was directed by Professor Robert Lee, co-director of BRASS, with staff member Tamara Egede as chief researcher.

Impact

  • The 'Law & Your Environment' website was developed and launched in 2009, providing advice and expertise on environment law as a public resource.
  • As an immediate impact the website makes Britain compliant with the Aarhus Convention of 1998, which requires signatories to provide public access to environmental legal information. The convention was incorporated into British Law through the Environmental Information Regulations of 2004.
  • The website is already receiving more than 1,100 visitors per month, with most interest in issues around noise, waste and planning.
  • There have been in-house demonstrations of the site to officials at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Environment Agency, with more planned for the future. Nongovernmental groups who have seen demonstrations include Friends of the Earth, the Civic Trust and Capacity Global.

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