9th EELF (European Environmental Law Forum) Annual Conference


The environmental emergency is characterised by its complexity and uncertainty while the law, at all levels, perseveres in the sectorialised and competence-centred discourse. Against this backdrop, the most relevant institutional and experts reports connect irremediably linked dots: climate and land (IPCC 2019 Special Report on Climate Change, Desertification, Land Degradation, Sustainable Land Management, Food Security, and Greenhouse gas fluxes in Terrestrial Ecosystems), climate and oceans (IPCC 2019 Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate), and very recently biodiversity and climate (IPBES-IPCC 2021 Biodiversity and Climate Change Workshop Report), but also trade and investment regimes and environmental protection (EIB 2020/2021 Investment Report Building a smart and green Europe in the COVID-19 era) or climate change and monetary policy (ECB 2021 Climate change and monetary policy in the euro area), pandemics and environment (UNEP, 2020, Preventing the next pandemic) and, last but not least, human rights and environment (HRC 2021 The human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment).

The complexity of the above issues must be added to the difficulty of how the different branches of law internalise concepts and information from other sciences and knowledge. The theme of the Tarragona conference can give rise to multiple types of analysis, from methodological and theoretical to more technical and sectoral.

Join the debate, exchange ideas and meet colleagues! Get inspired from a great selection of keynotes, sessions and presentations, bring in your own expertise and ideas and discuss with colleagues from across and beyond Europe. Take part in a pleasant social programme in the beautiful city of Tarragona and enjoy the friendly spirit of EELF!

The 2022 annual European Environmental Law Forum conference will be organised as a joint effort of the European Environmental Law Forum (EELF), the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Faculty of Legal Sciences) and the Tarragona Centre for Environmental Law Studies (CEDAT).