Former judge of the High CourtIrish Environmental Law Association
The late Dr. John Temple Lang
Lately of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Brussels
Irish Environmental Law Association
Former Director, Directorate General for Competition, European Commission, Brussels. Professor, Trinity College Dublin.
Dr Temple Lang was a brilliant and visionary patron who achieved far-reaching recognition for his involvement in drafting the Birds and Habitats Directives. Having studied wildlife conservation in the USA, Canada, Europe and Ghana, Dr Temple Lang played a key part in most major wildlife conservation developments in Ireland and went on to generously share his specialist knowledge with many of us as part of the IELA and the ICEL.
He was an outstanding lawyer and widely-regarded as an incisive, clear-headed and courageous writer on important issues of environmental and EU law. His passing is a great loss for the IELA but also for the environmental law community more generally. We will always be grateful for his profound contribution to the protection of our environment, biodiversity and nature