Climate Justice, Clean Water and Litigation – Launch of Comhshaol, the Climate Bar Association

Date: Thursday 15 July, 2021

Start Time: 4.30pm

Finish Time: 5.30pm

Location: Online - Using Microsoft Teams

This webinar is open to all.

Chair: Clíona Kimber SC

Welcome remarks;


Rose Wall, CEO of Community Law & Mediation

Rose has been the CEO of Community Law & Mediation since 2013, where she has been instrumental in establishing its new Centre for Environmental Justice.

Rose will address the work of CLM’s Centre for Environmental Justice, and emerging issues related to water rights and water pollution that are being raised in their environmental justice clinics and community engagement.

Mark Thuillier, Associate in the Litigation Department's Environmental and Planning team in A&L Goodbody LLP

Mark has advised a wide range of domestic and international clients on planning and environmental issues including issues of EIA, AA, WFD and planning compliance generally.

Mark will consider how the Water Framework Directive has been used, alongside the planning framework, to enforce water rights, focused on recent Irish and EU decisions

Christina Leb, Senior Counsel at the Environment and International Law Department (LEGEN) of the World Bank

Christina Leb works as Senior Counsel at the Environment and International Law Department (LEGEN) of the World Bank where she advises on public international law and the Bank’s policy on projects on international waterways. Prior to this position, she was the Program Manager of the Central Asia Water Energy Program (CAWEP) and Thematic Focal Point for Transboundary Waters at the Water Global Practice of the World Bank. She is also a fellow at Platform for International Water Law (University of Geneva) and affiliate member of the International Water Law Academy (IWLA) at Wuhan University.

Christina will discuss legal principles, rights and obligations of transboundary water management, and the implications of Brexit for water rights in Ireland

Christopher Hughes BL

Christopher was called to the Bar in 2011, and he specialises in Environmental Law, Judicial Review, and Immigration & Asylum Law.

Christopher will talk about the civil and criminal enforcement mechanisms available to individuals and organisations to protect against water pollution

Topic: This webinar will see the launch of the Climate Bar Association as an official association of the Bar of Ireland. Coupled with the launch, an array of distinguished speakers will address the important topic of using law to defend water rights, and fight water pollution.


Additional Information

The Climate Bar Association (Comhshaol) is dedicated to pursuing pro-environmental initiatives within the Law Library and in society more widely.  The Climate Bar Association is a new Specialist Bar Association with three interconnected objectives: 

  • Pursuing practical green and environmental initiatives within the Law Library and surrounding neighbourhoods, for example planting and landscaping for pollinators and reduction of plastic and achievement of energy efficiency. This ties in with the Law Library’s own green status as well as outreach to the community in Dublin 7.

  • Being a think-tank of environmental law expertise and thought leaders in environmental law and biodiversity protection for the Irish legal community and for Irish society. This will support the Bar of Ireland’s public service objectives as well as raising the profile and highlighting the expertise of the Bar externally.

  • Enabling members to use their expertise to support NGO’s and other litigants to engage in environmental advocacy and litigation where relevant. This supports the Bar’s pro-bono commitments, and also opens up and supports areas of work for our members.

New website coming soon. For more information on the association, please contact us at