Levelling the playing field between NGOs and governments
We provided advice for the Legal Resource Initiative (LRI) created by Oxfam and the WWF in light of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC).
The LRI’s mandate is simple: to provide Less Developed Countries (LDCs) and NGOs with legal advice to help level the playing field when they negotiate with large industrialised countries that naturally have powerful legal backing.
Our real-time legal advice was given to NGO delegations in the UNFCCC negotiations in Barcelona, Copenhagen and Bonn. The project involved over 150 experts from law firms, chambers and institutions around the world. Our teams’ specialist advice included matters in relation to the Kyoto Protocol, public international law an assessment of the Copenhagen Accord, the Gigaton Gap and the consequences of a possible gap between the end of the first KP commitment period and the new commitment period. Our team, led by Energy partner Wouter Geldhof, actively contributed to this initiative.
After winning the prestigious Financial Times European Innovative Lawyers Award for Climate Change and Sustainability in November 2010, the LRI was also proclaimed winner in the category of CSR Initiative of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2010.