Conference: Legal implications of climate change

24 October 2019 08:00 till 17:30 - Location: Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, room A - By: Communication BK

The conference 'Legal implications of climate change: The case for circularity' offers presentations and discussions regarding circularity and circular construction. These themes are presented in conjunction with the topics procurement law, contract law, and property law.

Climate change is upon us. Technical answers to the consequences of climate change are being formulated. Laws are being written and rewritten to follow suit. The same goes for tender procedures and contracts. New business models are being developed, too. It is argued that a shift is taking place towards service contracts, away from, among others, construction contracts. As argued in the Netherlands, property law should be changed in this respect as well. This would make it possible to put ownership of, for example, the fa├žade or the roof into other hands than the rest of the building, making it easier to reuse the materials within. Buildings are more than just housing facilities. They have become forms of urban mining and resources.

So many aspects of daily life have to be rethought, redesigned, or reshaped. The law cannot and will not stay behind. This annual conference, organised in collaboration with the European Society of Construction Law (ESCL), is therefor devoted to the legal implications of climate change. The conference focusses in particular on the legal aspects of a (more) circular economy. Dutch examples of what is happening in the legal field of circularity are used as a starting point of discussion. The goal is for participants to learn from each other and to find new perspectives on dealing with this huge societal challenge.

More information

For more information, including the detailed programme, visit ESCL Conference 2019.