Planning, Environment, and Local Government Bar Association Conference 2024

09 July 2024

12 July 2024 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Planning, Environment, and Local Government Bar Association (PELGBA) is pleased to announce its annual conference, set to take place on Friday, 12 July 2024, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the DDRC, Distillery Building, located at 145-151 Church St.

Speakers & Topics

This year’s conference will welcome leading legal professionals and academics to discuss recent developments in planning, environment, and local government law. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with recent developments and gain insights from esteemed speakers in domestic law, climate change and EIA, habitats and SEA directives.

Chaired by The Hon. Ms Justice Farrell, this conference promises to be an invaluable forum for legal professionals, policymakers, and academics to discuss and debate critical issues facing our environment and planning sectors.

Schedule & Speakers

10 am | Welcome Address & Opening RemarksStephen Dodd SC, Chair of PELGBA and The Hon. Ms Justice Farrell.

10:20 | Infrastructure DevelopmentsRossa Fanning SC, Attorney General

10:30 am | Recent Developments in EIA, Habitats and SEA – Margaret Gray SC

11:00 am | Q&A followed by a Coffee & Tea Break

11:35 am | Recent Developments Relating to Planning EnforcementEllen O’Callaghan BL

12:05 pm | The Planning List: Lessons to Date and Implications of the BillJohn Kenny BL

12:50 pm | Lunch will be served in Jorge’s Restaurant on the ground floor of the Distillery Building.

1:50 pm | Recent Developments Relating to Climate Action – James Devlin SC

2:20 pm | Recent Developments Relating to the Aarhus Convention – Prof. Áine Ryall

Following the final presentation, attendees are invited to The Sheds for a drinks reception.

Speaking ahead of the event, Chair of the Planning, Environment, and Local Government Bar Association Stephen Dodd SC said,

On behalf of PELGBA, I look forward to welcoming attendees from across the legal, professional and academic sector to attend our annual event.

This year’s speakers which include the Attorney General and the Chair of Aarhus Compliance Committee and will provide updates and recent developments across a range of areas — including EIA, habitats and SEA directives, the Planning Bill,  the Aarhus Convention, in addition to climate change and planning enforcement.

Planning and Environment Law is critical to areas of enormous public significance, including housing, renewable energy and climate action. The Planning Bill is also a matter of significant public debate. The aim of the conference is to enhance understanding and contribute to the debate on these crucial matters. 

Event Details

  • Date: 12 July
  • Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Room 1&2, DDRC, Distillery Building, 145-151 Church St