Legal rights for nature and the environment?

Speakers include;

  • Metropolitan Mayor Cllr Jody Power - Opening and Welcome
  • Dr Eugene Broderick - Drafting the 1937 Constitution: History & Ideas
  • Clíona Kimber SC - Protection of nature and the environment in constitutions and treaties around the world.
  • Grace O'Sullivan MEP - Protecting Nature

The Waterford Chamber of Commerce are hosting this event, together with the Climate Bar Association, and the South Eastern Circuit. This is the second of a four part series as part of the Bar of Ireland Year of Natural Justice and aims to reach out to local communities and foster links between business, the Bar and civil society.

It will consider the legal rights encompassed in the 1937 Constitution, with historical reflections on the intentions of the drafter, John Hearne. It will provide knowledge on the legal rights for nature and the environment in other legal systems in countries around the world. The third speaker will talk about the EU nature restoration law.

Drinks Reception at 6.00pm.

This event is open to all.

1.5 CPD points

Accessibility Requirements: We wish for our events to be as welcoming, accessible and inclusive for all. Please provide us if comfortable with any accessibility related considerations so that we can endeavour to ensure a barrier free experience during the event. Email to discuss your needs.


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.

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