A Series: Public Interest Careers Pt.1 (JLAP Interviews)

Pascale Bird 

Interviewed by Sahana Karthik and Brendon Yik 

Pascale began her illustrious legal career in Brussels, studying Law there before embarking on a Master of Laws Course at LSE in International Business Law. She then joined Simmons & Simmons as an associate in the EU and Competition Law department, advising on EU and UK regulatory issues as well as EU and UK merger control.

After a short career break, she decided to continue with her studies, moving away from the private sphere, and embarked on a further Masters Course in Geopolitics Territory Security at Kings College London, which propelled her into a volunteer role with Oxfam where her work involved managing the publication and editing of a book – ‘Climate Change Liability – Transnational Law and Practice.’

Her role at Lawyers Against Poverty since has involved the oversight and management of the Twinning Project, an initiative that establishes links between UK lawyers and lawyers in developing countries. This involves promoting justice within areas including domestic violence, the rights of disabled people and the rights of married women in differing parts of the world. She also works at Legal Response International, an organisation that provides free legal support to those in countries that are particularly susceptible to climate change’s impacts, as well as aiding these countries in their efforts to implement the Paris Climate Agreement.

Pascale is an avid supporter of pro-bono work, regardless of which industry students decide to pursue and believes everyone can play a part in making the world a slightly better place with their knowledge and privilege.

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