Events

Climate Litigation: Improving decision making and shaping policy responses to climate change

Summary

Across the globe, various legal options are being explored to address the growing threat of climate change. Join us for a discussion of some of these cases, the arguments that have succeeded and the arguments that haven’t..

Start Date

27th Apr 2017 6:00pm

End Date

27th Apr 2017 7:00pm

Venue

Aurora Lecture Theatre, IMAS Waterfront Building, Castray Esplanade

RSVP / Contact Information

Enquiries: jess.feehely@edotas.org.au; T: 6223 2770

Across the globe, various legal options are being explored to address the growing threat of climate change.

Due to our legal frameworks, cases in Australia have tended to challenge high-emission developments, rather than core policy decisions.  Over the past ten years, courts around Australia have shown an incremental acceptance of the science of climate change and its relevance to assessments under existing environmental impact assessment legislation.

Sean Ryan, Principal Solicitor with EDO Queensland, has been involved in climate litigation from the Land Court to the High Court, most recently in relation to the proposed Adani Carmichael mine.  Join Sean for a discussion of those cases, the arguments that have succeeded and the arguments that haven’t.

Dr Jeff McGee, Senior Lecturer in Climate Change, Marine and Antarctic Law, will also join Sean to discuss international action and the extent to which litigation is shaping policy responses around the world.

About Sean Ryan

Sean has worked in government, consultancy and private law firms for clients in the public, private and community sector. For the last 12 years he has been a litigator on planning and environment matters including litigating climate change for the last 6 years for community groups at community legal centre, Environmental Defenders Office Queensland.

About Jeffrey McGee

Dr Jeff McGee is focused on strategies that can help us respond to climate change. He is an expert in global environmental law and governance. Dr McGee analyses the strategies and structures of global and regional institutions that seek to solve problems like climate change and the international laws that affect them. He provides critical analysis and commentary on the development and policy of institutions such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), and the legal frameworks that bind them. Dr McGee also suggests new laws and institutions that should be formed to more effectively tackle climate change and the solutions that are needed for us to adapt.

This event is co-hosted by UTAS Law School, IMAS and EDO Tasmania.

Environmental Defenders Office Tasmania