French politician Corinne Lepage trained as a lawyer before setting up a practice specialized in public and environmental law, where she made her name defending victims of the Amoco Cadiz oil spill in 1978. She went to defend victims of the Erika disaster in 1999 (which is still at trial). She was also a founding member of the Committee for Independent Research and Information on Genetic Engineering.
In 2008, she oversaw a report for the French government on “Environmental Governance” which included more than 80 recommendations, with ten headline measures designed to boost French confidence in information about the environment.

In March 2010, alongside some thirty figures who have served as environment ministers around the world, she set up another think tank (the association of ex-ministers of the Environment and ex-directors of international environmental organizations) to study problems concerning international ecological governance.
She is the author of a number of books including La Politique de précaution, with François Guéry (2000), Santé & Environnement : l’ABCdaire (2005), Ecoresp 1&2, Vivre autrement (2009), Entre colère et espoirs (2009), Sans le nucléaire on séclairerait à la bougie et autres tartes à la crème du discours technoscientifique (2010).