21. Maud Sarlieve: Addressing the Environmental and Climate Crisis through Creative Legal Thinking

Maud Sarlieve is an expert in International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights and a leading authority in the development of creative legal thinking to address the environmental and climate crisis.  Her professional commitments and casework have taken her to conflict and post conflict environments in SE Asia, the Middle East, Central and East Africa, Latin America, The Balkans and Eastern Europe. She is currently Judge Assessor with the French National Court of Asylum, a Founder of CTRL-Z – focused on climate and environmental justice in addition to numerous other roles.

Our conversation starts with Maud’s path into international law, which did involve some twists and turns. We discuss her early years in practice and some of her early assignments and what she learned from each one. We discuss then how she applies development of creative legal thinking to enable the evolution of approaches in areas involving the environmental and climate crisis.  We discuss the crime of ecocide and how it is defined, and explore how the war in Ukraine is heightening awareness of this issue.

As in many podcasts in this series we discuss diversity in law, and the mindset required to practice in fields that can involve protracted processes, that can, in some cases, stretch out for many years.

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