Climate Bar Symposium

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Welcome Address

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Taoiseach

Micheál Martin

Conference Chairs

 
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The Hon. Ms. Justice Marie Baker

Supreme Court

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Former Chief Justice,

Mr. Frank Clarke SC

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Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh

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Speakers

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Clíona Kimber SC

Chair, Climate Bar Association

Clíona Kimber SC is a Senior Counsel at the Bar of Ireland with a specialist practice in EU and employment and equality law,  She has considerable experience in advising,  litigation and dispute resolution. Before coming to the Bar Clíona was a lecturer on Environmental Regulation at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and Director of the Centre for Environmental Law and Policy. She has written internationally on environmental regulatory law. She is also the co-author of two books on employment law, and is currently completing a second edition of Employment Equality Law, to be published in 2022,  She is a CEDR trained Mediator. 

Déanann Clíona cleachtadh as Gaeilge chomh maith.

She is currently Chair of Comhshaol: the Climate Bar Association and a committee member of Cumann Barra na Gaeilge.
 
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Louise Beirne was called to the Bar in 2010. She has a general civil practice. Her experience includes advising statutory bodies in relation to their governing legislation, drafting statutory instruments and acting for statutory bodies. 

Louise Beirne BL

View Louise's paper here
 
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Shirley Clerkin

Monaghan Co. Co.

Shirley has almost twenty-five years’ experience working in the heritage and biodiversity sector and is Heritage Officer with Monaghan County Council, having previously worked for the Irish Wildlife Trust, and An Taisce.

She is a graduate of University of Ulster, DIT, the Kings Inns and IPA/UCD with third level qualifications in environmental sciences and management, law, local government and public management.  She co-ordinates heritage research, best practice, and capacity building through the delivery of county heritage and biodiversity plans.

Shirley was a member of Comhar – the National Sustainable Development Partnership and was the first chairperson of the national network of Heritage Officers from 2017-2020. She is a member of the board of directors of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, an all-island residential workplace for artists.
 
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Orla is currently pursuing an LLM in International Legal Studies at New York University and is the recipient of the Dean’s Graduate Award.

She previously worked at the Irish Delegation to the OECD and UNESCO in in Paris and at the Green Party of Ireland. Orla has an LLB in Law and Political Science in Trinity College Dublin.

She plans to pursue a career at the Bar following completion of her studies.

Orla Heatley LL.B

 
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Conor Linehan SC

William Fry Solicitors

Conor is a Law graduate of UCC . He holds the degree of Barrister-at Law and is a Solicitor, qualified in Ireland and the UK; and was recently appointed as a Senior Counsel from the Solicitors' profession. He holds an MSc in Environmental Social Science from the University of Kent at Canterbury.  

 

He is the Head of the Environment & Planning Group at William Fry. His adjunct roles have included: 
-     Irish Government appointee to the International Panel of Environmental Law Expert Arbitrators for the resolution of natural resource disputes;
-    Vice-Chair of the IBA President's Task Force on Climate Justice which, in 2014, produced a ground-breaking report 'Achieving Justice and Human Rights in an era of Climate Disruption';
-    Member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Law and the Environment at UCC; and
-    Formerly, a divisional Vice-Chair of the Employment Appeals Tribunal.

 
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Kevin Keane is An Taisce's Climate Advocacy Officer. His work is primarily focused on the enforcement of European and domestic environmental standards, with particular reference to transboundary air pollution and intensive agriculture.

He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin with a Bachelor of Law. He holds a LLM cum Laude in international environmental law from Uterecht University. He is currently in the first year of an MSc in Climate Change Policy in DCU.

In his spare time, he is an urban beekeeper, and an avid cyclist.

Kevin Keane

An Taisce

 
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Deirdre Ní Fhloinn BL

Dr. Deirdre Ní Fhloinn is a practising barrister who specialises in residential and commercial construction disputes. She completed her PhD at Trinity College Dublin, pursuant to a scholarship from the Irish Research Council, on the subject of legal remedies for defective housing, and holds an MSc in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution from King’s College, London.    

Deirdre spent five years as a senior in-house lawyer at London Underground, where she specialised in building and engineering contracts as part of the Transport for London investment programme.  

Deirdre’s interest in environmental protection and enforcement derives in part from her period as a local councillor for Dún-Laoghaire Rathdown from 2019-2020.
 
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William Quill BL is a barrister specialising in administrative law, immigration and child and family law, with publications in the Irish Law Times, Administration and the Irish Journal of Family Law.

William Quill BL

 
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Louise Reilly is a barrister who specialises in sports law and international arbitration. She represents clients in regulatory matters before domestic and international tribunals. Louise also sits as an arbitrator and is a member of the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators in Washington DC, and the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris.

Louise was a member of the “Arbitration of Climate Change Related Disputes” Task Force, created by the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris. Louise is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and Stanford Law School.

Louise Reilly BL

 
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Aoife was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2014 and practices predominantly in civil law. Aoife is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and holds and LL.M degree with an international economic law specialism from the London School of Economics. She has lectured in company law and is a former committee member of the Climate Bar Association. 

Aoife is also a member of the Bar of England and Wales and is currently a Visiting Professional to Chambers (Trial Division) at the International Criminal Court.

Aoife Sheehan BL

 
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Rose Wall has been the CEO of Community Law & Mediation (CLM), a pioneering organisation in the provision of community based legal and mediation services, since 2013.  In 2021, CLM launched the Centre for Environmental Justice, the first of its kind in Ireland.  

Rose previously held the position of Managing Solicitor of the Mercy Law Resource Centre. She holds an LL.B. and LL.M. from the University of Dublin, Trinity College.

She is a member of the Law Society of Ireland, Human Rights & Equality Committee and a Board Director with the Immigrant Council of Ireland. Rose has previously lectured for the Law Society of Ireland and Griffith College Dublin.

Rose Wall

CLM Centre for Environmental Justice