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Conference Programme

Please note that the below is a preliminary conference program and subject to change. Information correct as at 19 November 2019

“The Tide is High, the Time is Nigh”

Friday, 3 April 2020
8:30 Conference Registrations & Name Badge Collection
Ocean Verandah
9:00 – 9:40

WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS

Welcome Remarks from LAWASIA

Welcome Remarks from the Fiji Law Society

Welcome Remarks from the South Pacific Lawyers’ Association

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum
Attorney General
Fiji’s new Climate Change Act
FIJI

9:40 – 11:10 SESSION 1 – PROMOTING ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Ballroom 1 & 5 

Chair:

Speakers:

1. ‘Rising Up’ focusing on the ground swell of communities and youth movements and considering their legal impacts
Dr Kirsten Davies
Senior Law Lecturer | Macquarie University
AUSTRALIA

2. Managing the rise of youth movements agitating for legal change
Annika Reynolds
Founder | GreenLaw, Australian National University
AUSTRALIA

3. In pursuit of Climate Justice: Commencing the process of seeking an Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice on climate change and human rights
Mr Solomon Yeo
President | Pacific Islands Students Fighting Climate Change
SOLOMON ISLANDS

4. The importance of including indigenous, local communities and faith-based perspectives and mobilising those communities to urge action on climate change
Reverend Dr Upolu Luma Vaai
Principal | The Pacific Theological College
FIJI

5. Comics and Climate Change Law
Dr Leonie Kelleher
Environment and Planning Law Director | Kellerhers Australia
AUSTRALIA

6. Role of the media – how communication and reporting on climate change and its impacts can shape public perceptions, opinions, and action
Mr Peter Hannam
Environment Editor | The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper
AUSTRALIA

11:10 – 11:30 Morning Refreshments & Networking
Ocean Verandah
11:30 – 13:00 SESSION 2 – CONSEQUENCES OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Ballroom 1 & 5

Chair
:

Speakers:

1. Given current policies are steering us toward a ‘3 degree world’, what kinds of hazards, impacts, risks and disruptions should we expect, and how might and should communities, business and governments respond?
Professor Brendan Mackey
Director | Griffith Climate Change Response Program, Griffith University
AUSTRALIA

2. Climate Change and its Impact on Constitutional and Human Rights Law
Mr Shyam Divan
Senior Advocate | Supreme Court of India, New Delhi
INDIA

3.’The Right to Environment’
Professor Shaista Shameem
Dean | School of Law, University of Fiji
FIJI

4. Impacts of climate change on culture particularly language in the Torres Strait Islands
Mrs Judith Preston
PhD candidate and Lecturer | Macquarie Law School
AUSTRALIA

Ms Josephine Bourne
Lecturer | Department of Indigenous Studies, Macquarie University
AUSTRALIA

5. The challenge for environmental law organisations – making indigenous environmental issues matter
Mr David Morris
CEO | The Environmental Defenders Office of New South Wales
AUSTRALIA

Ms Fleur Ramsay
Senior Lawyer | The Environmental Defenders Office of New South Wales
AUSTRALIA

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch & Networking
Lagoon Restaurant
14:00 – 15:10 SESSION 3 – ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE
Ballroom 1 & 5

Chair:

Speakers:

1. Legal Strategies to Expand Community Based Governance in Climate Change Adaptation: Lessons from the Pacific Islands
Professor Donna Craig
Professor | Environmental Law, Western Sydney University
AUSTRALIA

2. Disaster preparedness and disaster management
Professor Rosemary Lyster
Professor | Environmental Law, Sydney University
AUSTRALIA

3. Time and Tide Wait For No Man: A critical analysis of the success of the United Nation’s Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration for climate-change induced migrants
Samantha Thorogood
Senior Law Clerk | Kellerhers Australia
AUSTRALIA

4. The legal implications of climate change induced sea level rise on the ongoing recognition and existence of Pacific Statehood, Sovereignty and Marine Territories
Ms Kya Raina Lal
Barrister and Solicitor
FIJI

15:10 – 15:30  Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
Ocean Verandah
15:30 – 17:00 SESSION 4 – THE ROLE OF THE JUDICIARY
Ballroom 1 & 5

Chair:
Justice Dr Nicola Pain
Land and Environment Court of New South Wales
AUSTRALIA

Speakers:

1. The Environmental Rule of Law: ready access to Courts, specialist or otherwise
Judge Laurie J Newhook
Principal Environment Judge | New Zealand Environment Court
NEW ZEALAND

2. The duty of judges to protect future generations under the present rule of law, particularly with respect to green constitutions, and the remedies available
Associate Justice Michael D Wilson
Hawaii Supreme Court
USA

3. The role of the judiciary in promoting the environmental rule of law and environmental justice
Justice Ambeng Kandakasi
Deputy Chief Justice | National and Supreme Courts
PAPUA NEW GUINEA

4. The Role of Judiciaries in advancing environmental justice including climate justice with special emphasis on Fiji’s Climate Change Bill, economic loss, corporate liability and the impact on civil litigation
Justice Deepthi Amaratunga
High Court of Fiji
FIJI

5. Outcomes of the UNEP-ADB Pacific Judiciary Conference on Environment
Sefanaia Nawandra
Head | The Pacific Sub-regional Office | The United Nations Environment Programme
SAMOA

Welcome Reception
Poolside, Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa
Saturday, 4 April 2020
9:00 – 10:30 SESSION 5 – OCEAN GOVERNANCE, PROTECTING THE PACIFIC OCEAN
Ballroom 1 & 5

Chair:

Speakers:

1. From marine protected areas to marine spatial planning: how legal tools are responding to complex ocean challenges
Professor Erika Techera
Professor of Law | The University of Western Australia
AUSTRALIA

2. Ecosystem-based Marine Spatial Planning in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park: Achievements and Challenges
Professor Daud Hassan
Director | The International Centre for Ocean Governance, Western Sydney University
AUSTRALIA

3. Towards a Sustainable Ocean Governance Framework:  A Need for a National Ocean Policy in Chile
Mr Hector Gutierrez-Bocaz
PhD Fellow | International Centre for Ocean Governance, Western Sydney University
AUSTRALIA

10:30 – 11:00 Morning Refreshments & Networking
Ocean Verandah
11:00 – 12:30 SESSION 6 – PROTECTING AND MANAGING MARINE RESOURCES
Ballroom 1 & 5

Speakers:

1. Can’t see the (mangrove) forest for the trees: legal and policy recognition of mangrove and wetland ecosystem services in Australia
Dr Justine Bell-James
Senior Lecturer | University of Queensland
AUSTRALIA

2. Evaluation of the international, regional and domestic legal arrangements to protect seabirds in the Pacific region
Dr Evan Hamman
Lecturer | Queensland University of Technology
AUSTRALIA

3. Protecting the marine ecosystem, law of the sea and international marine environmental law
Professor Rosemary Rayfuse
Scientia Professor | University of New South Wales
AUSTRALIA

4. The importance of regional cooperation between Pacific Island Countries for efficient fisheries management 
Mr James Sloan
Barrister, Chairman and co-founder | The Fiji Environmental Law Association
FIJI

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch & Networking
Lagoon Restaurant
13:30 – 14:40 SESSION 7 – INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL CLIMATE INITIATIVES
Ballroom 1 & 5

Chair:

Speakers:

1. Climate financing
Mr Martijn Wilder AM
Partner | Pollination
Chair | The Australian Renewable Energy Agency
President | WWF
AUSTRALIA

2. Legal and regulatory barriers climate finance access for developing countries: The Asia-Pacific Experience
Mr Guy Dwyer
Environmental Lawyers | Baker Mackenzie
AUSTRALIA

Ms Sophie Whitehead
Environmental Lawyers | Baker Mackenzie
AUSTRALIA

3. The role of carbon markets in the implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement: An update on the outcomes of COP25 concerning the development of rules for the purposes of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement
Mr Guy Dwyer
Environmental Lawyers | Baker Mackenzie
AUSTRALIA

Ms Sophie Whitehead
Environmental Lawyers | Baker Mackenzie
AUSTRALIA

4. Fiji’s actions in the financial sector to encourage climate resilience and manage climate induced events and to float green bonds in the international sector (TBC)
Mr Ariff Al
Governor | The Reserve Bank of Fiji
FIJI

5. The New Zealand youth-quake: Paradise lost, paradise found?
Dr Trevor Daya-Winterbottom
Associate Professor | University of Waikato
NEW ZEALAND

14:40 – 15:00 Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
Ocean Verandah
15:00 – 16:00 SESSION 8 – SUSTAINABLE, RESILIENT, AND INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT
Ballroom 1 & 5

Chair:

Speakers:

1. Sustainable, resilient and inclusive development. What does it mean to Fiji and how can we achieve it?
Ms Kiji Vukikomoala
Fiji Environmental Law Association
FIJI

2. Environmental impact assessments and legal issues that arise
Mr Nicholas Barnes
Partner | Munro Leys Lawyers
FIJI

3. Sustainable, inclusive and resilient development, including environmental impact assessment of seabed mining in The Solomon Islands
Mr Calvy Aonima
UN-Nippon Foundation Fellow | UNSW Law School
AUSTRALIA

16:00 – 16:15

CLOSING REMARKS

Dr Georgina Lloyd Rivera
Regional Coordinator | Environmental Law and Governance Asia and the Pacific Office, United Nations Environment Programme

Justice Brian Preston FRSN SC
Chief Judge | Land and Environment Court of New South Wales
Chair | Environmental Law Committee, LAWASIA
AUSTRALIA

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