IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017

8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017

Room C4.9, Convention Centre, Level 4

Session information

Urbanisation and the environment: how industrialised nations can use the law to promote the environment and growth

Tuesday 10 October (1430 - 1730)

Room C4.9, Convention Centre, Level 4


Environment, Health and Safety Law Committee (Lead)
Power Law Committee
Real Estate Section
Water Law Committee


Increasing urbanisation in developed countries presents a fundamental challenge for environmental and urban planning agencies. How can the desire to seek further economic growth through urbanisation be managed to avoid significant impact on the environment and, importantly, promote the health of those who live in areas of increasing urban sprawl. Is greater density coupled with innovative infrastructure investment the answer? How can these issues be addressed without an unreasonable impact on housing affordability? Who gets to build where? What are the less obvious issues, such as the impact on health and well being? This panel will explore the various policy and legal solutions that leading cities and nations have put into place in successfully promoting the dual goals of economic growth through urbanisation and a cleaner, healthier environment.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Roberta Danelon Leonhardt Machado Meyer Advogados, São Paulo, Brazil; Vice Chair, Environment, Health and Safety Law Committee
Hon Cheryl Lynn Edwardes LL.M. Cheryl Edwardes Legal, Other City, Western Australia, Australia; Deputy Chair, Environment, Health and Safety Law Committee
Glen McLeod Glen McLeod Legal, Perth, Western Australia, Australia; Council Member, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law Section (SEERIL)
Lina Pimentel Garcia Vice Chair, Environment, Health and Safety Law Committee


Evan Jones Responsive Environments Pty Ltd, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Stefanie Morris State Water Contractors, Sacramento, California, USA
Les Stein University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Neel Strobaek Ramboll, Copenhagen, Denmark
Lesley Wan Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, London, England