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Much of our environmental law work involves an international element.  We have in-depth expertise in relation to the international environmental treaties to which the UK and/or EU are party. This includes advising on their application in domestic and EU law, as well as issues of interpretation involving public international law principles. Our experience of the conventions which have informed EU environmental legislation is of particular relevance in the context of Brexit, since whilst the UK’s obligations under EU law will fall away, its obligations under those conventions (e.g. Bonn, Bern and Aarhus) will remain.

We have also acted in proceedings before international courts and tribunals, including the overwhelming majority of communications to the UNECE Aarhus Compliance Committee in Geneva concerning allegations of non-compliance by the United Kingdom with its obligations under the convention, as well as a major international arbitration relating to the international law of the sea.

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