1st Apr 2021

On 22 April 2021 (Earth Day), the European Circuit of the Bar is hosting a panel discussion about climate litigation in Europe.

Our own Dr Michael Wilkinson, alongside Abigail Holt from Garden Court Chambers, are organising this free Zoom/Webinar. Michael Wilkinson and Abigail Holt are both executive committee members of the European Circuit of the Bar.

Dr Wilkinson says about the event:

“The race to net zero is now on and time is fast running out. Concerns are increasingly raised about whether the law is doing enough to achieve carbon neutrality, especially with the potential for divergence after Brexit. Some even question whether the law needs to recognise the rights of nature. There is no better time than 22 April 2021, Earth Day, for the European Circuit of the Bar to convene a panel discussion about climate litigation in Europe, considering the implications of Brexit, and, critically, what can and should be done now – by the law and by lawyers – to transition to net neutrality.”

The panel of speakers include:

Chairing the event Ms Justice Niamh Hyland, Judge of the High Court in Ireland

Advocate General Bobek (Advocate General at the CJEU, Luxembourg) – Climate Litigation in the EU;

Marc Willers QC (Garden Court Chambers) – New Trends in Climate Litigation, Including the Human Rights Dimension;

Celina Colquhoun (39 Essex Chambers) – Brexit’s Implications on Environmental Law;

Paul Powesland (Garden Court Chambers) – Rights of Nature.

Q&A Chaired by Judge Hyland

For more information and to book this Earth Day Event follow this link: https://www.europeancircuit.com/events/


What is the European Circuit of the Bar and what are its objectives?

The European Circuit is a membership organisation for EU law specialists and lawyers who apply EU law in a domestic or European context. The membership is made of up of solicitors, barristers, law students and members of the judiciary practising in EU member states and further afield.

The European Circuit aims to provide a forum for its members to address issues of concern and problems common to cross border practice.  It provides support and assistance to its members and helps them to liaise with judicial and policy making organisms, and not least by organising events such as seminars, workshops, conferences and social events all across Europe. These are sometimes done in conjunction with other organisations, such as the Bar European Group.