Dr Radek Stech
Founder and Principal Investigator - 'Sustainable finance, the law and stakeholders' research project
Director of Prizes, Bursaries and Scholarships
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Radek has an ESRC funded PhD from the ESRC funded BRASS Research Centre at Cardiff University (approx. £50000) and is specialising in sustainable development (see below). He is a founder of the SFLS Network. His previous external funding for socio-legal empirical research includes: the Welsh Government (£33000), the US Chamber of Commerce (£15000), the WWF UK (£5000) and the Environmental Law Foundation (£2000, jointly with the UK Human Rights Commission). Radek also reviewed high level research proposals for ESRC and the US National Science Foundation.
In 2015, Radek designed and launched a new and independent research project on Sustainable Finance, the Law and Stakeholders (SFLS) which includes collaboration with the World Bank Group, the IMF Civil Society Team, the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, Birmingham Law School and other stakeholders. Radek is also an Observer of Green Bond Principles and was a Visiting Scholar at GW Law, Washington DC in 2016.
Radek is currently writing-up/submitting to journals previous research: joint research on sustainable development and evironmental liabilities (with Lee, R.G.) and his own original research on social movements and investment dynamics within sustainabe development area. In 2015, Radek made a very important decision to transition to unique sustainable finance law research, which is effectively a new and emerging area of research, which combines environmental law and policy with finance/banking law . He is a strong supporter of constructivist approaches to research which facilitate collaboration and research-led teaching.
His previous socio-legal research (on costs barriers to justice) was launched in the House of Lords (2010), published by the UNECE and referred by the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee. It has also been cited by academics, organisations, and the media and featured by the ESRC (Britain's in 2011) and submitted to REF 2014 at Exeter Law School. He has experience of working in a consulting environment: for Irwin Mitchell Solicitors (2009), Environmental Law Foundation (2009-2010), Marrons Solicitors (2011-12) and Clyde & Co (2013-2014). He reviewed high profile research for the EU and the US National Science Foundation.
In 2013, Radek received a formal (and financial) award for 'exceptional performance' from Cardiff University. Given his overall experience, Radek's approach to researching and teaching law is inescapably creative, interdisciplinary, commercially informed and solution-focused.
Recent academic presentations:
Stech, R. 'Sustainable finance, the law and stakeholders: introducing an investment opportunity structure' LSA 2016, New Orleans (final paper to follow shortly thereafter)
(with Prof. Rob Merkin QC) 'Third Party Litigation Funding - an overview) presented at the Australian Insurance Law Association National Conference 2013, Sydney, Australia (September, the 18th)
Stech, R. 'Polycentricity of Environmental Judicial Review in the UK' presented at the Annual Meeting, Law and Society Association, Honolulu, USA (June, the 6th 2012)
(with Prof. Robert G. Lee) 'Access to Environmental Justice in England and Wales: Funding Representation for Court Reviews of Administrative Action' presented at the Annual Meeting, Law and Society Association, San Francisco in 2011
External impact and engagement
Invited talks and own initiatives:
Stech, R. Sustainable Finance, the Law and Stakeholders (SFLS) independent network and research project - from 2015 - onwards - More information on this - click here
Stech, R. (with internal and global partners) as Director of Prizes, Bursaries and Scholarships, Radek is developing culture of prizes and scholarships at Exeter Law School - More information on this - click here
Stech, R. “SD requirements and duties across the UK Central Government – is there a need for further research and reform? The UK Government Cross-Whitehall Sustainable Development Group, London (Home Office), November, the 17th 2014
Charles, H., Stech, R. “Forthcoming Sustainable Development Bill” Welsh Government Away Day, Cardiff (June, the 19th, 2012)
Stech, R., Lee, R. G. (2012) ‘Business Perceptions of UK Environmental Legislation"’ Launch of the report, King's College London, May 2012
Session chaired by Lord Justice Carnwath
Stech, R. “Empowerment tools for disengaged communities” ELF Regional Volunteer Co-ordinator Third Training Day Sustainable Communities Project, Allen & Overy, London (October, the 15th 2009)
Stech, R. “Tools and Techniques for More Effective Participation in the Planning Process”, ELF Human Rights and Environment event, The Cameron Centre, Cameron Walk, Lockleaze, Bristol (November, the 12th 2010) (Keynote speaker – Charlotte Leslie, Member of Parliament for Bristol North West)
Stech, R., Lee, R.G., Tripley, D. (2010) ‘Costs Barriers to Environmental Justice’ (Report), Environmental Law Foundation, Allen & Overy, London
Foreword by Lord Justice Woolf, officially launched in the House of Lords in January 2010
Collaborator, International Economic Forum, Krynica, Poland (2010-2012)
Participant Researcher, Aarhus Convention (Third Meeting of the Parties), Riga, Latvia, 2008
Observer, Researcher, Photographer - Orange Revolution, Kiev and Lviv, Ukraine (2004)
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Founder and Organiser, Krzysztof Kieslowski Film Festival - overall responsibility for finance and collaboration with the Polish National TV and other key stakeholders (2004)
Leader, EU Debate (famously founded by Professor Konstanty Adam Wojtaszczyk), Pultusk, Poland (2003-2004)
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Radek has a BA (Hons) and MA (First) in Politics/European Studies from Poland (Pultusk Academy of Humanities); Cert.HE. (Oxford), and an LLM (funded by the Cooperative Bank’s Career Development Loan), and an ESRC funded PhD in Law (Cardiff, ESRC BRASS Research Centre). Previously, he taught EU, Environmental and Commercial Law (Project Finance/Banking/Competition Law/Contract) at Cardiff Law School and the London’s City Law School (2010-2014).
In 2003/2004, Radek worked on attracting EU funding for new movies in the Oscar nominated (for Three Colours: Red) and intellectually charged Warsaw's TOR Film Production. He was also an individual student of Director Krzysztof Zanussi and contributed to producing 'The Welts' - the winner of Grand Prix Golden Lions at Gdynia Film Festival in 2004. He held a short internship in Oxford's Turpin & Miller Solicitors (2006) and was a Stagiaire in the European Union Committee of the Regions (2008). Between 2012 and 2013, he worked as a Senior Evidence Analyst in the Welsh Government, where he was developing, through policy and legal instructions, the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. He played a key role in joint research projects for the US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (on litigation funding), WWF UK (on UK SD duties) and the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (on business and the environment).