The Association of Agrarian and Environmental Lawyers has become a regular member of the CEDR

by Kamila Ondrasova

On 13 October, the Association of Agrarian and Environmental Lawyers, established at SUA in Nitra, has become full member of the European Council for Rural Law (CEDR).

The Association of Agrarian and Environmental Lawyers, established at the SUA in Nitra, was registered at the Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic on 10 May 2018. Its main aim are activities focused on supporting the development of knowledge from agrarian and environmental law, in order to promote the exchange of experience, knowledge and information between lawyers dealing with this issue. Other aims include the organization of seminars, conferences, workshops on specific areas of agrarian and environmental law (AEP) as well as pedagogical and scientific activities. Last but not least, the aim is to prepare and implement project activities in the field of AEP and to support the scientific activity of students who are interested in the given topic. Vice-president of the association is prof. JUDr. Anna Bandlerová, PhD., and National Delegate is assoc. prof. JUDr. Lucia Palšová, PhD.


Character and Activities of CEDR

CEDR was founded in 1957 as a unique pan-European organization representing lawyers and experts from the field of agrarian law in a relation to the farming community from a number of aspects such as agriculture, the environment, food, energy use, trade and the economy. CEDR has an important and special consultative role in relation to FAO (International Food and Agriculture Organization) as well as the role of observer in relation to the Council of Europe, which regularly provides advice and assistance to the EU institutions. Membership in CEDR reflects the quality and significance of the work of most important national associations in the EU, as well as lawyers and experts from outside the EU who are active in the field of legal relations in agriculture and in the countryside. It is precisely the character of CEDR that determines it to its unique position in global food and agricultural activities through politics and law.

On 13 October 2018, a regional forum was held in Miškovec, Hungary, on behalf of CEDR that provided extensive discussion space for experts from Central Europe. Academic and professional contributors were also represented by Slovakia through the Slovak Association of Agrarian and Environmental Lawyers.

In the line of further activities, the next regional forum will be held on 25 February 2019 in Seville, Spain. In the period between the events organized by CEDR, the active cooperation of its members is permanently realized, especially in the form of national expert meetings, publications and legal commentaries.

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