Bretton Woods Law International Environmental Law

Providing solutions and remedies to groups and communities adversely affected by projects financed by the multilateral development banks



From the Stockholm and Rio Declarations (June 1972 and 1992 respectively) through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (May 1992) and the Kyoto Protocol (1997), to the Paris Agreement (Dec 2015), the BWL Environmental Law Practice Group is across the law and the emerging issues of the day.

The BWL Environmental Law Practice Group has particular expertise in and concentrates on the workings of the various inspection mechanisms operated by the multilateral development banks (“MDBs”), such as the World Bank Group’s Inspection Panel, the African Development Bank’s Independent Review Mechanism, the Asian Development Bank’s Accountability Mechanism, the Inter American Bank’s Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s Project Complaint Mechanism. These mechanisms have been established in essence to provide communities who have been adversely affected by projects funded by the various MDBs with fora in which to make complaint and seek recourse.

Members of the BWL Environmental Law Practice Group, including Lee Marler who previously had the responsibility for running the EBRD’s Independent Recourse Mechanism, are happy to accept instructions on any International Environmental Law issue and they stand ready to assist adversely affected communities in their fight to protect their environments from development or destruction by MDB funded projects.

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Where We Operate

Representation for international organisations all over the world

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