Climate change



Clare Bailey lays 'oven-ready' Climate Change Bill

Green Party NI leader Clare Bailey MLA has laid a new Climate Change Bill, submitted to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Published 22 October 2020

Aim to become 'climate neutral by 2050' to be enshrined in law

Government plans to make Ireland "climate neutral by 2050" are set to be enshrined in law under a new bill published today.

Published 8 October 2020

Arthur Cox becomes first Irish law firm to join Sustainable Recruitment Alliance

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.

Published 22 September 2020

Portuguese youth take 33 countries to Strasbourg over climate change crisis

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.

Published 3 September 2020

Dr Thomas Muinzer: Climate case brings good news and bad

Dr Thomas Muinzer of Aberdeen Law School in Scotland comments on the Supreme Court's recent squashing of the government's climate change plan.

Published 13 August 2020

Supreme Court: Government’s climate change plan quashed

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”.

Published 4 August 2020

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