Climate Bar Symposium: Towards a Model Environmental Law (Cóir Dlí an Chomhshaoil)

21 January 2022 - 15:00

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The Climate Bar Association was established in 2019 and it is a specialist association of the Bar of Ireland which aims to act at the forefront of environmental justice and law in Ireland and to become a thought leader of climate law expertise in Ireland. This is their inaugural event and the symposium is open to all to attend.

Event Timetable


3pm Voices from the Future

Introduction by Clíona Kimber SC, Cathaoirleach, Comhshaol/ Climate Bar Association

Welcome address from An Taoiseach Micheál Martin

3.10pm Session 1

Chaired by The Hon. Ms. Justice Marie Baker, Supreme Court

  • Louise Reilly BL: Duties and Principles of Environmental Law
  • Deirdre Ní Fhloinn BL: Ear to the Ground: What do the Stakeholders say?
  • Louise Beirne BL: Drafting a new Environmental Code – What it would look like and what would it do

Followed by Question & Answers

3.50pm Short Break

4pm Session 2

Chaired by Former Chief Justice, Mr. Frank Clarke SC

  • Aoife Sheehan BL: Standing Issues in Environmental Litigation
  • Orla Heatley LL.B: Class Actions and Representative Actions
  • William Quill BL: Current Sanctions and New Remedies

Followed by Question & Answers

5pm Session 3: Interviews and Discussion

Towards an Environmental Court- Best models abroad and best

Presenter/Láirtheoir– Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh, RTÉ

  • Clíona Kimber SC
  • Conor Linehan SC, William Frys Solicitors
  • Rose Wall, Community Law and Mediation Centre for Environmental Justice
  • Kevin Keane, An Taisce
  • Shirley Clerkin Heritage Officer Monaghan Co. Co.

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