Environmental Corruption


Pavocat Chambers’ barristers are committed to protecting the environment and, as such, to providing innovative solutions to corrupt practices that cause direct and indirect harm to the sustainability of our planet and the species that inhabit it.

We take a broad interpretation of Environmental Corruption, but at its core is the practice of paying bribes that lead to the occurrence of events that (1) degrade the natural environment and cause damage to natural resources (e.g., bribing officials to facilitate the pollution of our oceans by the dumping of plastics, waste and other hazardous substances, and deforestation); and (2) undermine or hinder wildlife conservation (e.g., bribes paid to hunt or to poach endangered species or that lead to the loss of natural habitat through, for example, illegal logging).

Members of Chambers are always content to use their vast counter-corruption expertise and experience to assist in the fight against Environmental Corruption.  Their advice and guidance is always cutting edge, targeted and highly effective.

Members of Chambers also have considerable experience in respect of the various Independent Recourse and Accountability Mechanisms adopted worldwide by the multilateral development bank (“MDB”) community (e.g., the Independent Recourse Mechanism (“IRM”) operated by the AsDB in Manila, the Project Complaints Mechanism (“PCM”) operated by the EBRD in London and the Inspection Panel operated by the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C.).  These systems are in effect designed to provide a complaints mechanism for communities harmed or adversely affected by the MDBs’ lending decisions in situations where those banks have failed to adhere to their own environmental policies.  We are always pleased to hear from the representatives of communities who believe that they have been harmed by the lending operations of banks, such as the AfDB, the AsDB, the AIIB, the EBRD, the IDB and the World Bank.