The VI Tarragona International Environmental Law Colloquium (TIEC) jointly organized by the Tarragona Centre for Environmental Law Studies (CEDAT-URV) and the Tarragona Environmental Law Students Association (AAEDAT) was held on 14, 15 and 16 June 2021. This virtual event was organized as an activity carried out by the Faculty of Legal Sciences (Department of Public Law) of theUniversitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain).
The theme of the VI TIEC was Environmental Law and the Challenges of the Decades Ahead: Promoting Transformative and Recovery Responses to the Planetary Emergency. Recent reports demonstrate our continued failure to meet the goals set by the global environmental agenda and to address the risks associated with it. In 2020, the consequences of the process of the aggressive colonization of the planet began to be perceived in a threatening way due to the pandemic outbreak. In this regard, it has been shown that human induced climate change and biodiversity loss are playing a relevant role in the spread of zoonotic diseases, like the SARS outbreak in 2003, the spill-over of the ebola virus, and the spread of COVID-19 in 2020.
In this vein, the COVID-19 pandemic not only emphasizes the delicate interdependence between human economy and wellbeing, and the ecosystems, but also puts the spotlight on the consequences that human actions are having on humans, non-human species, and also on the environment. Due to the human-environment interdependence, the COVID-19 crisis has had cascading effects on the economy and has exacerbated existing social and gender inequalities, violence, and injustices.
Angelica de Freitas e Silva (Westminster Law School), Farhana Sultana (Syracuse University) and Tanya Wyatt (Northumbria University) addressed the overall theme of the colloquium in their inspiring presentations as keynote speakers in the sixth edition of the TIEC.