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4 Sept 2018

The Colin Donald Environmental Law Award 2018

Glencoe in spring, with small yellow plants growing on the hillside in the foreground.
At our recent Annual General Meeting, held at the Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling on 1 September 2018, we announced the winner and runner-up of this year’s Colin Donald Environmental Law Award.

This award, co-sponsored by the University of Glasgow, is judged on the submission of essays by Scots law students on environmental law. The winner is traditionally offered a placement with the Trust’s legal department as well as a cash prize.

The 2018 award went to Kate Mackenzie of Strathclyde University for her essay entitled ‘Obligations, Commitments and the Future of Compliance under the Paris Agreement’.

The essay is informative and well thought out, and indeed provides food for thought for all of us interested in the conservation and protection of the natural world.

The runner-up was Lisa Ewing of the University of Glasgow, with her essay entitled ‘Magic Pipes and MARPOL: An evaluation of the effectiveness of current legislative measures in dealing with illegal bilge-water filtration system bypassing, especially in relation to Scotland’.

Announcing the results, the Trust’s Vice-President, Professor Hugh Cheape MBE, warmly congratulated Kate and Lisa.

The Colin Donald Environmental Law Award commemorates Colin Donald who, at the time of his death in 2006, was a Vice-President of the Trust. Colin had a very long career with the Glasgow-based law firm McGrigor Donald but also gave service to many good causes including the University of Glasgow, the Sir William Burrell Trust and, of course, the National Trust for Scotland.