Last week I was interviewed for One Planet on loopholes in environmental law. The feature is short but there are a few important points to make. Whilst non legal experts who are more concerned with political short term gains are in charge of scrutinising the quality of environmental laws we will continue to have a less than coherent body of environmental law. In the UK the House of Lords does a much better job at producing integrated legislation, but that may change with the proposed Coalition reforms. If we do not take international concerted action on issues such as climate change – never better put than by Europe’s post Kyoto campaign in Durban “Bind me but make sure it’s legal” – efforts will be piecemeal and we will achieve little. But even if we do all of those things and have the most comprehensive and highest quality of environmental laws we will get nowhere if we do not have an International Court of the Environment to enforce these laws, to get round national non-enforcement, delays of corrupt governments in pursuing environmental crime and to create an evening of the playing field that would assist competition amongst the green industry.
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Begonia is a specialist in Environmental Law, governance and negotiation. Her career now spans 20 years having started as an environmental lawyer in the City. She is a dually qualified UK Solicitor and Spanish Abogada who provides legal advice, trains professionals and carries out complex research in the areas of International and EU environmental law. She also advises on treaty negotiations and implementation of EU law. Begonia has advised UNEP, UNDP, the European Commission, DEFRA and DOENI. She also advises industry and NGOs on environmental policy and regulation. BREXIT negotiations is her current area of specialism.