"The law [mass noun]: the system of rules which a particular country or community recognises as regulating the actions of its members" (Oxford Dictionary).

So whose interests does this "system of rules" serve when it comes to the environment versus economic development?

Martijn Wilder should know. British firm Chambers and Partners, which produces respected legal rankings, rates him the world's No. 1 climate change lawyer. He heads up legal behemoth Baker and McKenzie's global environmental division, overseeing 50 offices from his Sydney HQ. When Gabon wanted an environmental code last year, Wilder flew to Paris and helped write it.