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Legal Careers and Practice Conversation: Paul Dowling in Conversation with Daniel Monk

Venue: Birkbeck Main Building

The Legal Practice Conversation series aims to provide students with first-hand insight into how law works in practice – and an opportunity to ask a legal practitioner about careers in law.

At this event, solicitor and Birkbeck alumnus Paul Dowling will be talking with Professor Daniel Monk about his career and current job.

About the Speaker

Paul is an associate solicitor specialising in international human rights and environmental litigation at leading law firm Leigh Day Solicitors.

Prior to joining Leigh Day Paul worked at Madrid-based international commercial firm Uria Menendez. He trained and qualified as a solicitor with Leigh Day in January 2009. Prior to qualification Paul also spent a period working with the CAJAR human rights lawyers collective in Bogota, Colombia.

Paul has a particular interest in the impacts of large-scale extractive industry projects on local communities, and in 2015 drafted an amicus curiae brief in a constitutional rights protection case relating to the ill health of an indigenous Colombian boy allegedly caused by pollution from an open pit coal mine (see here).

Paul contributed to Leigh Day’s written submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry on Business and Human Rights in August 2016 (see here).

Part of the conversation will focus on a recent Supreme Court case that Paul was involved with: Lungowe v Vedanta [2019] UKSC 20. The case concerned a claim brought by 1,826 Zambian villagers against Vedanta Resources Plc, a UK mining company, and its Zambian subsidiary, KCM, for the discharge of toxic matter from a mine operated by KCM into waterways used for drinking and irrigation. A summary and the full judgment are available here.

This event will be of interest to anybody interested in human rights, international law, environmental law and to anyone considering a career as a solicitor in any field.

This event is open to Birkbeck students and alumni and to prospective students in both law and criminology. It is free to attend, however, booking is required.

Latecomers to the event are not guaranteed entry. Please be advised that photographs may be taken at the event.

Please contact us if you have any access requirements. See here for further details of accessibility at Birkbeck venues. Food and drink may be served at this event. Please contact us if you have any allergies that we may need to consider.

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