Climate change



Climate change plan quashed by Supreme Court

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).

Published 31 July 2020

International Bar Association unveils model climate change statute

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.

Published 19 February 2020

US: Yale students join Harvard peers in climate protests targeting Paul, Weiss

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.

Published 7 February 2020

Leman Solicitors and Mason Hayes & Curran shortlisted for environmental awards

Law firms Leman Solicitors and Mason Hayes & Curran (MHC) have been named as finalists at the Green Awards 2020.

Published 9 January 2020

Net zero by 2050 plan to be underpinned with legislation

The Government's commitment to achieve a net zero carbon footprint by 2050 will be enshrined in new legislation.

Published 13 December 2019

Met unlawfully banned London protests by Extinction Rebellion

The Metropolitan Police unlawfully banned London protests by environmental movement Extinction Rebellion last month, the High Court in London has ruled.

Published 7 November 2019

Suryapratim Roy: Is climate change an issue of human rights?

Suryapratim Roy, associate professor at TCD School of Law, considers climate change within the context of human rights law.

Published 16 October 2019

Women lawyers reach out to environmental NGOs to help tackle climate change

A new group of women lawyers is reaching out to environmental NGOs to find out how they can best contribute their legal experience to the fight against climate change.

Published 2 October 2019

High Court: Environmental activists successfully challenge the validity of peat extraction legislation

An environmental activist network has been granted an order setting aside secondary legislation which amended the regulation of large-scale peat extraction.

Published 24 September 2019

Greta Thunberg and 15 other young people file climate change complaint at UN

A group of 16 young people, including Swedish school strike activist Greta Thunberg, have brought a legal complaint to the UN over five countries' inaction on climate change.

Published 24 September 2019

Lord Sales suggests new laws to force consideration of climate issues

A UK Supreme Court justice has suggested laws could be introduced forcing companies to appoint a “designated board member for environmental impact issues” to make directors pay more attention to climate issues.

Published 5 September 2019

Mary Robinson's speech to women lawyers now online

Former President Mary Robinson's speech to the Irish Women Lawyers Association (IWLA) AGM has been published online.

Published 23 August 2019

Arthur Cox secures international energy certification

Arthur Cox has become one of the first professional services firms in Ireland to secure what is currently the highest international standard for certification of energy management.

Published 31 July 2019

Mary Robinson to address lawyers on climate change

Former President Mary Robinson is to address lawyers on the topic of climate change next month.

Published 24 June 2019