PIEL panel discussion – Carbon trading, inequality in the carbon market


Date: 26 March 2010
The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Russell Square, London

4th annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference 2010

Trading towards unsustainability? – The legal challenges


Panel Discussion – Malcolm Dowden, Tim Baines, M.J. Mace, Tom Picken
Carbon trading, inequality in the carbon market



Mr. Malcolm Dowden, Solicitor, LexisNexis Legal

Malcolm Dowden is a UK based solicitor and environmental law consultant. He is a member of the LexisNexis Legal Intelligence team, producing online legal guidance and current awareness for practitioners. The author of EG Books’ Climate Change – Law, Policy and Practice (2008), Malcolm has contributed to Carbon Disclosure Project reports on climate change adaptation, and to a major London Climate Change Partnership report on ‘green procurement’. In 2006, Malcolm’s articles were cited in evidence to the Stern Committee on climate change. In December 2009, Malcolm will be attending the UN Climate Change summit in Copenhagen to provide reports and analysis for a range of LexisNexis journals and online services

Mr. Tim Baines, Senior Advisor, Climate and Clean Energy, Norton Rose

Tim Baines is a climate change and clean energy lawyer based in the London office of Norton Rose, LLP. His practice includes advising on a wide range of existing and proposed legislation in the UK, EU and internationally.

This encompasses monitoring developments and advising clients on issues such as the international climate change negotiations for post-2012, the implementation of Phase III of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), the inclusion of the aviation sector in the EU ETS and carbon capture and storage. Tim also focuses on the development of renewable energies legislation and policy, particularly in relation to renewable electricity generation and renewable transport fuels.

Ms. M.J. Mace, Environmental Law Consultant

M.J. Mace is an environmental law consultant. Previously she was a lawyer with the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD) in London. She served as Programme Director for FIELD’s Climate Change and Energy Programme, where among other things she provided legal advice and assistance to members of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).

She worked for many years for the National Government of the Federated States of Micronesia, where she served as General Counsel to the FSM Supreme Court and subsequently as an Assistant Attorney General for the FSM Department of Justice. In the latter capacity, she represented the FSM at numerous climate change negotiations andparticipated in the UNFCCC Expert Working Group on Compliance. She has served as a guest lecturer on the Kyoto Protocol in UCL’s LLM course on International Environmental Law and SOAS’s Masters course on International Studies and Diplomacy. M.J. also practiced environmental law and international trade for Skadden, Arps in Washington D.C. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. She is admitted to practice law before the New York, Washington D.C., and Federated States of Micronesia Bars.

Mr. Tom Picken, International Climate Campaigner, Friends of the Earth

Tom Picken is a climate policy advisor and campaigner for Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland. He is a specialist on the UNFCCC climate negotiations. His work includes highlighting the failure of carbon offsetting and carbon trading in tackling climate change;promotingalternative sources and mechanisms for ensuring climate finance supports developing countries; and in campaigning for international climate policies to give due regard to the rights of local communitiesto participate in environmental decision-making.


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