Have your say on NSW Planning Regulation

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has released a draft Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2021 (NSW) for consultation. The regulation will make changes to numerous aspects of the planning system, including in relation to development applications and modifications, designated and complying development and assessments under Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW). Read more

Court imposes consent condition requiring management of PFAS

The New South Wales Land and Environment Court has granted a development consent subject to conditions requiring PFAS-contaminated material be removed and impacted land remediated. The PFAS-contaminated material had been placed for soil improvement and was discovered during a site view for the proceedings. Read more

EXPERT PANEL DEFINES ‘ECOCIDE’, FOR POTENTIAL ADOPTION AS A CRIME TO BE PROSECUTED BY THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

On 24 June 2021, an international panel of legal experts (the Panel) published a legal definition of ‘ecocide’ (the Proposallink) proposed to be adopted as a fifth crime to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (the ICC or the Court). The Rome Statute addresses crimes that are deemed to be of international concern: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. The ICC complements the jurisdiction of national criminal legal systems, and does not replace them (see Article 1, Rome Statute). The Court prosecutes cases as a court of “last resort”, only when States are unwilling or unable to do so. Read more