Environmental Law and Natural Resources
Our environmental law team brings together recognised specialists in the field, with extensive experience in all aspects of environmental law including international, EU and domestic environmental law. Our experts have conducted environmental litigation in international courts and tribunals, including the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), as well as international arbitrations. They have also appeared in numerous cases before the EU and domestic courts.
We have also advised international organisations including UN bodies, states and NGOs on a very wide range of environmental issues including fisheries policy, the regulation of trade in timber, climate change, waste regulation and biodiversity conservation. A number of our lawyers have experience negotiating in international forums on behalf of states and others.
There is also specific expertise within the group on cross-cutting issues, including the impact of international trade law on environmental regulation and the interplay between human rights law and environmental rights and resources. We have experience in representing groups against large companies for breach of human rights obligations, particularly in regard to the environmental impact of their actions. We represented the claimants in an action against Shell Nigeria for wide-scale pollution of the Niger Delta and against BP Colombia for damage to peasant farms allegedly caused by the construction of a pipeline.
Before the domestic courts, we appear in challenges and administrative appeals to regulatory and planning decisions by the Secretary of State and local authorities on behalf of local residents and others and in challenges to licensing decisions by the Environment Agency. We are also involved in private arbitration and mediation.
Members of the group regularly publish and lecture in this area. A number of members are highly regarded academics in this field, as well as being practitioners.