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Matthew Baird

Environmental Counsel
Vermont Law School
matthewhbaird [at]

Environmental Fields of Interest

Environmental and Planning Law


Matthew Baird has over 27 years experience in environmental and planning law in Australia and in Asia. He was called to the NSW Bar in 1991. Matthew has consulted for a number of organisations including the Asian Development Bank, Vermont Law School, United Nations Development Program, IGES, Mekong Partnership on the Environment, and Earthrights International on environmental law issues. He currently advises both the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (Myanmar) and the Ministry of Environment (Cambodia) on environmental law.

In September 2016, he was appointed as Visiting Scholar of the Myanmar Environmental Governance Program of Vermont Law School.  

He was one of the drafters for the Environmental and Natural Resources Code for Cambodia and the Guidelines for Public Participation and Access to Information in EIA in both Cambodia and Myanmar

Matthew was Chair of the Environment and Planning Law Group of the Law Council of Australia from 2008-2012. He is the deputy-chair of LAWASIA’s Standing Committee on Environmental Law and a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Commission on Environmental Law.

He lectures part-time at University of New South Wales on Sustainable Energy Law, including teaching on Nuclear Energy Law.

Two recent publications that he has worked on are the Environmental Impact Assessment in the Mekong Region: Materials and Commentary (First Edition), September 2016 and Draft Regional Guidelines on Public Participation in Environmental Impact Assessment, Mekong Partnership on the Environment, January 2016. Both are available at

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