The Faculty of Law's Professor Benjamin J, Richardson has opened and spoken at the "Time and Sustainability" symposium that he co-organised with Norwegian academics at the University of Oslo on 28-29 June. The two-day symposium, which attracted 65 participants from around the world, was devoted to investigating the role of time in the business sector's environmental performance and governance. The event focused on three specific temporal issues: future time, tempo and timing, the latter of which was the focus of one of Ben's presentations. Unusual for academic meetings, this symposium featured many business and industry practitioners in order foster more diverse and engaging dialogue.
The symposium was inspired by Ben's recent book, Time and Environmental Law: Telling Nature's Time (Cambridge University Press, 2017), which pioneers new understandings of the role of time in environmental decision-making.
This symposium is one of a number of related initiatives that Ben is participating in as one of the chief investigators of the Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART) project, funded by the European Commission under its Horizon 2020 program. Read further information about the other activities of SMART.