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Matthew Baird is an Australian environmental lawyer specializing in environmental and planning law, including heritage protection and environmental criminal law, with over 25 years involvement in  environmental law. He has been involved in successful challenges to major projects based on climate change grounds. He has an extensive background in public participation and the due process rules relating to the assessment of major projects and critical infrastructure projects.
From 2010 – 2014,  his expertise in climate change litigation was been recognised as the only barrister in Best Lawyers Australia – Climate Change.

Matthew first international paper was at the LAWASIA conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1993 on Agenda 21.

Matthew has consulted on EIA training in Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar. Matthew conducted the first training session on EIA for civil society groups in Yangon, Myanmar. He has also been working on the re-drafting of the EIA Law for Cambodia in conjunction with the Ministry of the Environment and Vishnu Law Group. In 2103, Matthew was a consultant with ADB on the Asian Judges Network on the Environment.

He is also Australia’s foremost presenter on nuclear law issues.

He was the Chair of the Law Council of Australia’s Planning and Environmental Law Group from 2009-2013 and is currently Chair of the LAWASIA Committee on Energy and Resources Law and Deputy Chair of the LAWASIA Standing Committee on Environmental Law. He is a member of the Commission of Environmental Law of IUCN involved in the specialist working group on compliance and enforcement. He is also a Certified Environmental Practitioner and member of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand. He is a life member of the Hunters Hill Trust and a member of the National Trust of Australia.

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