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14:30 to 17:45
End date
10 March 2016
The Nash Room Worcester College Walton Street Oxford OX1 2HB

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Thursday, 10 March 2016 - 2:30pm to 5:45pm


Environmental Implications of the Laudato Sì

Past, Present and Future

This roundtable meeting brings together a small group of scholars from the United Kingdom, Italy and the United States to discuss the environmental implications of Pope Francis’s Laudato Sì, the encyclical in which he tackles questions about environmental damage and global warming.

Through informal debate participants will cover the broader theological and environmental context in which to place the encyclical. In addition, several specific issues will be discussed relating to environmental problems that face modern regulators. In light of the close relationship between the human and natural environment, specific attention will be paid to the socio-legal dimensions of these environmental and regulatory challenges. 

The event will be chaired (and introduced) by Denis Galligan, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford and Director of the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society, based at Wolfson College. The Convenors will be Dr. Miriam Allena and Dr. Josephine van Zeben.

Session 1, entitled 'The Theological and Environmental context', includes a theological and historical examination by Dr Jonathan Arnold, Chaplain of Worcester College, Oxford, a view of sustainable development by Fabrizio Fracchia, Professor of Administrative and Environmental Law, Bocconi University, Milan and an exploration of ecologicl citizenship by Christopher J. Hilson, Professor of Environmental Law, University of Reading.

Session 2, entitled 'Environmental Issues', includes a presentation on the north/south dimension of environmental issues by Dr Miriam Allena, Assistant Professor in Administrative Law, Bocconi University, Milan and Associate Research Fellow, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford; an examination of 'Property and Environment' by Bruce Huber, Associate Professor of Law, Notre Dame University, United States; and a presentation entitled 'Energy: Social Costs and Benefits' by Dr. Josephine van Zeben, Fellow in Public and EU Law, Worcester College, Oxford.

This is a collaborative event between the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society and the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford.