The government's revised climate legislation still lacks the ambition needed to address wider issues of inequality, Community Law & Mediation (CLM) has said. Ministers this week approved the final text of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021, which will now be intr
A new Centre for Environmental Justice aimed at protecting communities from disadvantage as a result of climate change has been launched by Community Law & Mediation (CLM). Mary Robinson, former Irish president and adjunct professor for climate justice at Trinity College Dublin, welcomed the "ti
A new report published by Eversheds Sutherland in partnership with KPMG IMPACT highlights the need for companies to take greater account of climate risk and move towards decarbonisation. The Climate Change and Corporate Value: What Companies Really Think report collates the views of 500 corporate le
Green Party NI leader Clare Bailey MLA has laid a new Climate Change Bill, submitted to the Northern Ireland Assembly. The draft legislation has been drawn together by a coalition of legal professionals, scientists, academics and environmental organisations and comes on the back of months of behind
Government plans to make Ireland "climate neutral by 2050" are set to be enshrined in law under a new bill published today. The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020 establishes a 2050 emissions target and introduces a system of successive five-year, economy-wide carbon bud
Arthur Cox has become the first Irish law firm to join the Sustainable Recruitment Alliance (SRA), a group of companies committed to a more eco-friendly approach to talent recruitment. Members of the SRA, which was launched last month by international law firm Clifford Chance and UK communications a
A group of six children and young adults from Portugal are taking 33 countries, including the United Kingdom, to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) over the current climate change crisis. The group, whose ages range from eight to 21, are taking 33 countries to the ECtHR to ask that the court
Dr Thomas Muinzer of Aberdeen Law School in Scotland comments on the Supreme Court's recent squashing of the government's climate change plan. I have talked multiple times in print and in lectures of Ireland’s need to live up to the distinguished legacy of John Tyndall (1820–1893),
The Supreme Court has quashed the Government’s National Mitigation Plan to meet the National Transition Objective (NTO) in combating climate change on the grounds that it is “excessively vague and aspirational”. The Chief Justice Mr Justice Frank Clarke, giving the judgment of the
The government's statutory plan for tackling climate change has been quashed by the Supreme Court following a challenge from Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE). Delivering the judgment of the court this morning, Chief Justice Frank Clarke said the National Mitigation Plan did not meet the requir
The International Bar Association (IBA) has published a model statute aimed at helping citizens launch legal challenges against governments for failing to take action over climate change. The Model Statute for Proceedings Challenging Government Failure to Act on Climate Change was launched in London
Environmentalists at Yale Law School have joined peers at Harvard Law School in a campaign targeting recruitment events for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP until the international law firm drops ExxonMobil as a client. The firm, which employs over 1,000 lawyers, has successfully def
Law firms Leman Solicitors and Mason Hayes & Curran (MHC) have been named as finalists at the Green Awards 2020. The awards, now in their 12th year, recognise the contribution and commitment of businesses to a greener future.
The Government's commitment to achieve a net zero carbon footprint by 2050 will be enshrined in new legislation. The proposed heads of the Climate Change (Amendment) Bill will be considered by Cabinet before Christmas, the minister for climate action, Richard Bruton, has confirmed.
The Metropolitan Police unlawfully banned London protests by environmental movement Extinction Rebellion last month, the High Court in London has ruled. Judges said the "Extinction Rebellion Autumn Uprising" did not qualify as a "public assembly" within the meaning of the Public Order Act 1986 becau