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Laurent Neyret

Laurent Neyret

Law Professor, Université de Versailles

BACKGROUND/ Academic and professional background

Laurent Neyret is a Doctorate in Law, specialist in Private Law and Criminal Sciences. He’s a teacher at Université de Versailles and Sciences Po Paris and leads research works on Environmental Law. He focuses especially on ecological damage’s compensation, environmental crimes’ sentences and climate responsability, which makes him work with legal as well as environmental experts or economists.

In 2010, the Court of Appeal of Paris consecrates his work in favour of ecological damage in the Erika affair (oil tank’s sinking). In 2013, the French Keeper of the Seals named him member of a work group in charge of making proposals to strengthen the concept of ecological damage in the French Civil Code. In 2014, the Court of Appeal of Nouméa (French New Caledonia), facing pollution matters, used as the reference the Eco-classification he started and led the writing. His last publication, From Ecocrimes to Ecocide – Criminal law helping the environment, came out in January 2015. The 35 proposals gathered in this work aim to see crimes against environment be better punished. They were officially presented to the French Keeper of the Seals on February, 11th 2015.

ACHIEVEMENT/ What is your project, initiative, start-up, company all about?

Laurent Neyret’s work aims to identify existing national and international laws related to the environment protection and to assess their legitimity and effectiveness in order to propose a global new strategy for the 21st century environmental law.

LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?

Laurent Neyret works with law experts – researchers and legal practitioners – of several cultures and held conferences in Chile, China, Japan, Tunisia.

IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental… of your activity, project, initiative, start-up, company?

Recognition of environmental damage by French magistrates contributed to make the environment have an increasing place in the responsability law. A few weeks after the publication of a report on struggle against environmental crimes, the French Ministry of Justice sent a penal policy circular to every French courthouses in order to better take them into account.

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you

African saying: if you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together with others.