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UK efforts to lead the way in low carbon energy production will come under the spotlight at a major international conference in the University of Stirling.

It will be held at the University’s main campus in Stirling on Friday, April 5, 2013.

“Policy Delivery on Low Carbon Energy Generation Infrastructure in the UK” is attracting keynote speakers and academics from around the world.

It aims to explore wind and nuclear energy in particular and the challenges and opportunities facing these “low carbon” industries.

Organisers say the conference will be of particular interest to those working in economics, law, engineering and environmental science.

The one-day event has been organised by Dr. Raphael Heffron of the University’s School of Law, with the support of Scottish legal firm Simpson and Marwick.

Full details are now online at Potential delegates can book spaces or make enquiries by emailing: or direct to

Dr. Heffron said: “Currently legislation is before UK Parliament which aims to deliver new energy generation infrastructure. This conference aims to explore whether the policies will be delivered.

“We’ll be looking at the low carbon sector, in particular wind and nuclear energy. The UK has ambitious plans for offshore wind farms and a new nuclear energy programme. The latter is one of the most ambitious in the Western World.

“This conference will seek to explore the current challenges and opportunities that face both wind and nuclear energy and how successful the UK maybe in achieving its aims. Examples will be given from successes and failures from other countries and the lessons that the UK can learn from these.”

The speakers at the event will include:

  • Anite Rønne, Professor in Energy Law, University of Copenhagen
  • Helen G. Cook, Senior Associate, Pillsbury (Energy Group), Washington DC, USA.
  • Angus Johnston, University Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, UK.
  • Jennifer McGuinn, Milieu Ltd, Law and Policy Consulting, Brussels, Belgium
  • Michael LaBelle, Professor in Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
  • Malcolm Keay, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Energy Institute, University of Oxford, UK.
  • Paul Rice, Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP, London, UK
  • Shanna Cleveland, Attorney-at-Law, Conservation Law Foundation, Boston, MA, USA.
  • Olivia Woolley, Lecturer in Law, University of Aberdeen
  • David W Robson, Head of Energy and Environmental Foresight, Scottish Government

The conference will run from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University on April 5, followed by reception at 5.15 p.m. and conference dinner at 6.30 p.m.

Anyone interested in attending should email: or visit

* The University is launching a new LLM, Masters/MSc in “International Energy Law and Policy”. The course starts this September at the Stirling Law School.

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