COP26: ClientEarth Conversation Series

Make Change Happen

The planet is in the grip of a climate crisis, and COP26 maybe the most important meeting that will happen for the planet in our lifetime. In a series of conversations, postgraduate research student David McKeown talks to James Thornton, CEO of ClientEarth and an Honorary Professor of Law, about environmental activism, the need for pragmatism and why the whole spectrum of law is needed to address the interconnected consequences of climate change.

James Thornton, CEO ClientEarth and Honorary Professor of Law

MRes Sustainable Futures

A one-year, interdisciplinary Masters degree followed by three years doctoral training, into research which can address the pressing social issues of sustainability. This is achievable if a student is awarded ESRC funding 

I’ve always admired the Law School - the work that gets done there and the students who come out of it. I love the opportunity students have of thinking about things from square one. Imagining what would the law have to look like if we're really going to save the planet and if we’re really going to save civilization. If you go into it that way, you will see things in a different way. That’s an amazing opportunity – and an amazing opportunity for me to be an Honorary Professor.

James Thornton, CEO Client Earth

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If you've been inspired by COP26 and want to play a role in shaping a greener future, check out our diverse range of LLMs - covering company law and corporate governance, human rights law, banking and finance law and much more. 

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Add an environmental twist to your learning by tailoring your degree and choosing the optional Environmental Law modules available for both Postgraduate and Undergraduate study.

EELS COP26 Policy Competition Event

The Law School has partnered with the Environmental and Energy Law Society (EELS) to showcase the ClientEarth Conversation Series at a COP26 Policy Competition Event where they will have popcorn and prizes to encourage attendees to come up with ideas for future policies. Register to take part.

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