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Nicholas Barnes | Munro Leys Lawyers | FIJI

Nick was admitted to the roll of Solicitors of England and Wales in 1991 and spent the first years of his career in private practice in the UK as a commercial litigation solicitor practising mainly in professional negligence and employment law.

In 1997 Nick left the UK to work in the South Pacific island state of Tuvalu as the People’s Lawyer, VSO position, with a wide range of civil and criminal law responsibilities. After 12 months in Tuvalu he joined the Attorney General’s Office in Fiji as Principal Legal Officer for two years before returning to the United Kingdom, where he worked as an in-house lawyer for Greenpeace UK, a prominent non-government organisation. In July 2002, he was appointed Solicitor-General of the Caribbean island state of Grenada, a position he held until returning to Fiji to join Munro Leys in 2004. He is also Managing Partner of Munro Leys.

Nick conducted environmental judicial reviews. Led the team that drafted Fiji’s Environmental Management Act, EIA Process and Waste Permit Regulations. Conducted initial consultations through to finalised regulations and training of various bodies and authorities. Advice and assistance on renewable energy contracts. Former Vice Chair of FELA. Recently first lawyer in Fiji to use section. 54 of EMA to successfully challenge an EIA decision resulting in the withdrawal of an approval. He represented several commonwealth country governments in wide ranging JR applications before the High Courts’ involving regulatory, environmental, employment and commercial disputes.

Nick’s practice has a particular emphasis on commercial, administrative and environmental law. He is admitted to practice law in New Zealand, Tuvalu and Grenada as well as England and Wales and Fiji. Nick is the honorary solicitor to the British High Commission.

Dr Justine Bell-James | University of Queensland | AUSTRALIA

Justine is an Associate Professor at UQ Law School, teaching and researching in environmental and climate change law. Her work has focused mainly on climate change impacts on the coast, and legal solutions to address these issues. She currently holds an ARC Discovery Grant (2019-2021) considering how ecosystem services provided by mangroves and wetlands can be integrated into environmental laws.

Dr Kirsten Davies | Maquarie University | AUSTRALIA

Dr Kirsten Davies is an academic at Macquarie University’s Law School (Sydney Australia) and Director of International Engagement. At the centre of her work is the engagement of communities and their connections with nature. She is the architect of Intergenerational Democracy, a method of whole-of-community engagement and capacity building and the subject of her (2012) book, Intergenerational Democracy, rethinking sustainable development.

Kirsten holds a Master’s Degree (USyd) ,PhD (USyd) in Sustainable Management and a PhD in Environmental Law (MQU) . She was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to conduct research in USA, UK and Japan (2002) and was the recipient of the University of Sydney Agri-Management Scholarship for post graduate research (2005). Kirsten was awarded an Australian Government, Endeavour Award – Research Fellowship to undertake sustainability research in Vanuatu (2009) and maintains a close relationship with the Pacific Region. She was appointed as an Expert Adviser and Co-ordinating Lead Author of the Asia- Pacific Regional Assessment for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) from 2014- 2018. Kirsten is a member of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment and one of the drafting authors of the Declaration on Human Rights and Climate Change. She was a lead author of the Toda Pacific Declaration on Climate Change, Conflict and Peace.

Dr Trevor Daya-Winterbottom | University of Waikato | NEW ZEALAND

Dr Trevor Daya-Winterbottom is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Waikato, where he is Director of the Waikato Public Law and Policy Research Unit, Editor in Chief of the Waikato Law Review, and a Member of the Centre for Environment, Resources and Energy Law. He holds a BA (Hons) in Law from the Times Higher Education top 150 under 50 ranked Liverpool John Moores University, where highlights of the degree course included studying public international law with Professor Malcolm Shaw QC and Professor Patrick Thornberry CMG, and studying jurisprudence with the renowned Jewish legal scholar, Professor Bernard Jackson.

He also holds a Diplôme in human rights law from the prestigious Institut International des Droits de l’Homme (Strasbourg) founded by Nobel laureate René Cassin, and was a member of the very first cohort to graduate with an MA in Environmental Law from De Montfort University. His PhD from Anglia Ruskin University, supervised by the distinguished land management and policy scholar, Professor Robert Home, focused on environmental regulation and reform. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, a Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand, a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute, a Member of the International Law Association, a Member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, a Member of the European Environmental Law Forum, and a Member of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law. His teaching, research and consultancy focus on administrative law and trans-national environmental law.

Internationally, he is the New Zealand Member of the ILA Committee on Sustainable Resource Management, and the Deputy Chair of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law.

Shyam Divan | Supreme Court of India | INDIA

Shyam Divan, senior advocate, practices before the Supreme Court of India. His areas of practice cover constitutional law and most branches of civil litigation including banking, securities law, arbitration, administrative law and environmental law.

He appeared in several recent constitutional cases decided by the Supreme Court of India including Jindal Stainless Ltd. v. State of Haryana, (2017) 12 SCC 1; Abhiram Singh v. C. D. Commachen, (2017) 2 SCC 629; Justice K. S. Puttaswamy v. Union of India, (Privacy) (2017) 10 SCC 1 (9 Judges); Kalpana Mehta v. Union of India, 2018 (7) SCC 1; Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India (2018) 10 SCC 1 (decriminalising homosexuality) and Justice K. S. Puttaswamy v. Union of India, (Aadhaar) (2019) 1 SCC 1.

Mr Divan assists the Supreme Court as Amicus Curiae in a Suo Motu action initiated by the court for filling vacancies in the subordinate judiciary (Suo Motu Writ Petition (Civil) 2 of 2018) and in the Bellary case involving illegal iron ore mining in the forests of Karnataka. He also appears for the states of Haryana and Karnataka in inter-state river water disputes.

He is the co-author of Environmental Law and Policy in India (2nd Edition, 2001, Oxford) and has authored chapters on Public Interest Litigation in the Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution (2016); Contours of EIA In India in Water and the Laws in India (2009, Sage) and on Civil Liberties and Biometrics in Dissent on Aadhaar (2019, Orient Blackswan).

Mr Divan has served on the LAWASIA ExCo since 2015 and is Vice President of LAWASIA (2018-19). He serves as Co-chair of the LAWASIA Human Rights Section. He is Vice President, The Bar Association of India.

He serves on the Board of Care India SSD Ltd.; is a Trustee at the Independent Public Spirited Media Foundation, Bengaluru; Member of the Governing Board of Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi and the Consumer Education and Research Centre, Ahmedabad.

Justin Dowd | Vice-President, LAWASIA | AUSTRALIA

Justin has been a member of LAWASIA since the 1980’s and has attended many LAWASIA events during that time. He has presented at many LAWASIA conferences in family law, ethics, and general law subjects. Justin was elected to the Executive Committee of LAWASIA in 2013 and Vice President in 2015. Since joining Exco, Justin has represented LAWASIA at many international events.

Justin was elected to the Council of the Law Society of New South Wales in 2007 and has served on many Law Society Committees. He was also Chair of the Law Society Family Law Specialist Accreditation Committee for many years. Justin was elected President of the Law Society of New South Wales in 2012.and served on the Council until 2014.

Justin was elected as an Executive Councillor of the Law Council of Australia from 2012 to 2014, and was the Australian Country representative to LAWASIA in 2013.

Since 1995 Justin has been a partner at Watts McCray, a specialist family and commercial law practice in Sydney, Australia. He specialises in international commercial and family law disputes. Justin is also an accredited arbitrator in family law.

Justin was the primary convenor of the Australian Family Lawyers Conference for over 15 years. He is a member of the Board of the World Congress on Children’s Rights and Family Law, an international congress convened to highlight and progress children’s rights internationally.

Justin is an author of Halsbury’s Laws of Australia, Australian Practical Forms and Precedents and the principal author of the Lexis Nexis online service, Practical Guidance in Family Law. He has written many articles and presentations on family and general law, nationally and internationally.

Hector Gutierrez-Bocaz | International Centre for Ocean Governance, Western Sydney University | AUSTRALIA

Hector is a PhD Scholar undertaking research leading to the grant of his PhD in International Law at Western Sydney University. Hector is an Australian lawyer, admitted in the Supreme Court of NSW and The High Court of Australia. He is a graduate of The University of Sydney and The University of Technology, Sydney, he holds the following degrees: Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Law, and a Master of International Trade Law.

Hector has practiced law both as a Solicitor and a Barrister, his legal experience ranges from working for Sydney based law firms, to working as an independent legal practitioner. He has worked in the area of public international law and immigration law in Australia and overseas, having worked extensively in an overseas capacity. Hector has a long established relationship with Western Sydney University, having tutored company law and equity & trusts and more recently has also held the position of Sessional Lecturer for the law of the sea and ocean governance units since 2018.

Hector has worked closely with the International Centre for Ocean Governance as a PhD Fellow where he has worked alongside the director of ICOG in international partnerships and the development of international communications and programs, as well as in research within the thematic research areas of ICOG. Hector has recently attended IMPAC 4, and in 2018 was invited by the Chilean Navy to attend EXPONAVAL in Valparaiso, Chile. Hector has also been part of several research projects related to International Environmental Law, and the Law of the Sea.

Hector has a strong practice area focus and interest in the following areas: Law of the Sea, Ocean Governance, Law of Naval Warfare, Humanitarian law, Human Rights Law, and Indigenous Peoples Rights. Hector also has a strong interest in Latin American legal issues relevant to his areas of legal interest. Hector is currently completing his PhD studies at Western Sydney University on Maritime Delimitation under the supervision of Associate Professor Daud Hassan and Dr. Ludmilla Robinson.

Dr Evan Hamman | Queensland University of Technology | AUSTRALIA

Dr Hamman is an environmental law academic at the Queensland University of Technology based in Brisbane, Australia. Prior to academia he worked as a lawyer for government and non-government agencies in Queensland. Dr Hamman lectures in property law and researches the design and implementation of environmental law, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. His areas of interest include: the World Heritage Convention; migratory species (especially migratory birds); coral reef and coastal wetland management; and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. He is currently co-authoring a book on the governance of migratory birds in the Asia-Pacific

Associate Professor Daud Hassan | International Centre for Ocean Governance, Western Sydney University | AUSTRALIA

Daud Hassan is the Director of the International Ocean Governance Centre (ICOG) and Associate Professor at the School of Law, University of Western

Sydney. Professor Hassan is a leading scholar in international and comparative marine environmental law. He has published extensively in these areas. Professor Hassan’s research addresses global and regional environmental issues that are of international significance.  His research spans many countries and jurisdictions including Australia, Bangladesh, China, Finland, Hong Kong, Japan, Norway, South Korea and Switzerland.

Professor Hassan’s current research interest includes sustainable ocean governance with reference to marine spatial planning, eco system based m

anagement, marine fisheries, and land based sources of marine pollution. Professor Hassan is a member of the Specialist Group on Oceans, Coasts and Coral Reefs for the IUCN and a member of the International Law and Sea Level Rise Committee for the International Law Association (ILA), Global Branch.

Dr Gordon Hughes AM | South Pacific Lawyers' Association | AUSTRALIA

Dr Gordon Hughes was President of LAWASIA from 2001 – 2003. A Melbourne-based legal practitioner, he previously served as President of the Law Council of Australia from 1999 – 2000. Dr Hughes has been a member of the LAWASIA Executive Committee for 20 years, first as an elected member between 1997 and 2012, and since then as a special appointee.

Dr Hughes chaired the LAWASIA Human Rights Committee from 2005 – 2009 and is currently chair of the Business Law Section. He was made a Distinguished Member of LAWASIA in 2005 and an Honorary Life Member in 2007.

Dr Hughes has practised extensively in the area of intellectual property, technology contracts, dispute resolution and data protection, and is the author of leading texts on computer contracts and data privacy.

Dr Leonie Kelleher | Kellehers Australia | AUSTRALIA

Dr Leonie Kelleher OAM, director Kellehers Australia Pty Ltd, is an accredited environmental planning specialist. Executive member Law Council of Australia’s Legal Practice Section Executive and Deputy Chair LCA’s Australian Planning and Local Government Group. Dr Kelleher has more than 30 years’ experience in environmental planning and is the author of multiple publications.

The Hon Simon Kofe MP | Minister for Justice, Communications and Foreign Affairs | TUVALU

Simon Kofe is a member of parliament of Tuvalu, and the Minister for Justice, Communication and Foreign Affairs. He is a lawyer by profession and has previously held positions as an associate in private practice in Fiji, Crown counsel in the Attorney General’s Office of Tuvalu, Assistant People’s Lawyer of Tuvalu, Legal Adviser of the Fisheries Department of Tuvalu, and more recently the Senior Magistrate of Tuvalu.

David Morris | Environmental Defenders Office NSW | AUSTRALIA

David is the CEO of the Environmental Defenders Office of NSW and is responsible for the delivery of EDO NSW’s public interest environmental legal services. He joined EDO NSW in October 2017 after four years practising public interest environmental law in the Northern Territory as Principal Lawyer and Executive Officer of EDONT.

At EDONT David had a broad environmental law practice which particularly focused on legal issues related to mining, gas, water and cultural heritage. David regularly acted for NGOs, community groups and Aboriginal traditional owners. Under David’s leadership EDONT clients achieved successful litigation outcomes in the Federal Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory and the Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal. At EDONT David played a leadership role in policy and law reform advocacy and taught environment and planning law subjects at Charles Darwin University.

Prior to working at EDONT, David held various environmental law roles in private practice and with government in Victoria. David was a lawyer in the Maddocks Planning and Environment Team and a prosecutor with the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment. He has regularly appeared in courts and tribunals.

David has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from Monash University.

Sefanaia Nawadra | Pacific Sub-regional Office, United Nations Environment Programme | SAMOA

Mr Sefanaia Nawadra has worked extensively in the Pacific for 25 years in the field of environmental management in a wide variety of roles including with government, private sector, NGOs, regional organisations and the UN. His main areas of expertise and interest are environmental engineering, environmental impact assessment and environment governance. He is a graduate of the University of Canberra and the University of London. He joined UNEP in 2015 to establish its Pacific sub-regional Office based in Apia, Samoa. He is a national of Fiji and is married with 4 children.

The Hon Judge Laurie J Newhook | New Zealand Environment Court | NEW ZEALAND

Judge Laurie Newhook has been the Principal Judge of the New Zealand Environment Court since 2011, and a Judge of the Court since 2001.  Prior to that he was a partner at Brookfields Lawyers and had over thirty years of advocacy experience to that point, with particular emphasis on environmental matters, land, property, and maritime laws. Judge Newhook has presented at many national and international conferences on the themes of environmental adjudication and the use of technology in adjudicative settings, and has written multiple papers on the subjects.  His Honour is a consulting editor of the New Zealand Resource Management Bulletin and edits the ‘Annual Review by Members of the New Zealand Environment Court’. Judge Newhook has hosted international delegations to his Court from many parts of the World; chaired and presented at the ‘International Forum for Environment Judges’, Oslo, Norway, June 2016; and chaired and addressed plenary sessions at IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquia and other international conferences.

Maureen Peatman | Law Council of Australia | AUSTRALIA

Maureen Peatman has practiced in the area of environment & planning law for over 30 years. Maureen was the foundation chair of the Australian Environment & Planning Law Group (AEPLG), part of the Legal Practice Section of the Law Council of Australia, and remains a member of the AEPLG.
Maureen is currently the Chair of the Legal Practice Section of the Law Council of Australia and has previously served on the Section as Treasurer, Deputy Chair and Chair.

Maureen was the Chair of the Board of Hunt & Hunt Lawyers, a national law firm in Australia from 2006 to 2011, and leader of its Environment & Planning Law Group. Maureen has presented many papers and chaired many conferences over the last 20 years.

Judith Preston | Macquarie Law School | AUSTRALIA

Judith Preston is a solicitor who has been admitted to practice in New South Wales and the Northern Territory, since 1982. She holds a BA LLB from Macquarie University (1981) and a MEL from the University of Sydney (1994). Judith commenced work with the Northern Land Council (NLC) primarily representing Aboriginal Traditional Owners in land claims in the Northern Territory and related to other legal needs of Aboriginal communities in the NLC jurisdiction.

She was instrumental in establishing the first public interest environmental law centre, the Environmental Defender’s Office (EDO), in NSW in 1984-85. Judith then worked in a number of leading legal practices including Baker & McKenzie, DLA Piper and undertook a range of commercial matters which included litigation. For the last twelve years she has taught at a range of educational institutions. Judith’s primary teaching is at Macquarie University in a variety of environmental law subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level including biodiversity, climate change environmental litigation and supervising access to justice clinical programs at the Land and Environment Court of NSW.

She has been a Board member of EDO NSW Ltd and presently a Board member of the John Mac Foundation Ltd dedicated to supporting the education of tertiary students from a refugee background as well as capacity building in South Sudan.

She is currently finalising a PhD at Western Sydney University researching the question of how Indigenous knowledge can be effectively integrated into environmental decision-making to achieve both beneficial outcomes for environmental protection and Aboriginal self-determination.

Fleur Ramsay | Environmental Defenders Office NSW | AUSTRALIA

Fleur Ramsay is the senior solicitor for the International Program at the Environmental Defenders Office.  The Program is focused on developing partnerships with public interest environmental law organisations and lawyers across the Asia-Pacific as well as on international law, international environmental law and the human rights of indigenous peoples in the Asia-Pacific.

Fleur graduated with a BA and LLB from Macquarie University and has a LLM from the University of Glasgow, where she studied international environmental law, indigenous relationships to the environment, sustainability and global justice. She also has a certificate in Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi Law from the University of Auckland.

Prior to joining EDO NSW in January 2019, Fleur was a visiting international attorney for a year (2016-2017) in the international group at Earthjustice, a Barrister practicing on Tenth Floor Chambers Selborne/Wentworth in Sydney from 2010 to mid-2016 and a solicitor in the Environmental Group at Allens/Linklaters. In 2015 she was a consultant and undertook capacity training for lawyers with the Samoan Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment.

Fleur is currently a PhD candidate at UNSW and teaches at UNSW and University of Sydney Law Schools.

As well as bringing extensive experience as a litigator and in environmental law, Fleur is Samoan and brings a personal understanding of some of the challenges in the Pacific and the importance of centring indigenous peoples in the wider mainstream environmental movement.

Professor Shaista Shameem | School of Law, University of Fiji | FIJI

Professor Shaista Shameem is the Dean of the University of Fiji, School of Law. She has a PhD in Sociology and a Doctorate in Juridical Science to be awarded in December 2019 at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Professor Shameem’s areas of interest and research are constitutional law and jurisprudence. She worked as Director of the Fiji Human Rights Commission 1999-2009 and was Fiji’s Ombudsman 2008-2009. Her human rights work took her to far reaches of the world where she worked as a United Nations human rights expert in social justice, mercenarism and private military and security company issues. She was asked by the late UN General Secretary Kofi Annan to advise on human rights abuses in Timor L’este and has assessed human rights issues in Afghanistan. Professor Shameem took a keen interest in the ‘right to environment’ from 2008 when the Fiji Human Rights Commission and the Government of Tuvalu together sought a legal opinion from the Jurists of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions on the issue. She is currently a member of the Steering Committee of ‘Just Atonement Inc’ which is an organisation of international human rights lawyers involved in litigation for climate change and democracy.

James Sloan | Fiji Environmental Law Association | FIJI

James Sloan is a barrister in the UK (1999) and was admitted to the High Court of Fiji in 2003. In 2005, Atu Siwatibau and James co-founded the Suva based law firm Siwatibau and Sloan (sas.com.fj), which has for many years been ranked as a band 1 firm in Chambers and Partners. Siwatibau and Sloan has consistently adopted a modern approach to commercial legal services, and has grown organically to a 4 partner firm that nurtures and supports all our lawyers to develop professionally.

In 2008, James co-founded the Fiji Environmental Law Association (FELA.org.fj) with the assistance of many other dedicated individuals and chaired FELA’s executive management board for 10 years in a pro-bono capacity. From 2017, James has held a part time position lecturing and coordinating two units within the School of Marine Studies of the University of the South Pacific being Law of the Sea and Oceans governance.

Dr Erika Techera | The University of Western Australia | AUSTRALIA

Dr Erika Techera is a Professor of Law at The University of Western Australia (UWA). She is an international and comparative environmental lawyer focusing on the Indo-Pacific region, and particularly small island states. Her research interests include oceans governance, marine environmental law, maritime heritage and issues at the interface of science, technology and law. Her current projects focus on strengthening marine environmental laws to support the blue economy. She has over 100 publications and presentations in books, journals and at conferences around the world.

Erika is a member of the UWA Oceans Institute, and a Research Fellow at the Perth US Asia Centre. She is a former barrister, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, and in 2016 was recognised in the Lawyers’ Weekly Australian Law Awards as ‘Academic of the Year’.

Kiji Vukikomoala | Fiji Environmental Law Association | FIJI

Kiji Vukikomoala is a Lawyer and the Executive Director for the Fiji Environmental Law Association (FELA) based in Suva, Fiji. She heads the only locally registered non-governmental institution in Fiji of its kind spearheading awareness and advocacy in the areas of environmental law, environmental compliance, enforcement and policy review in line with its vision to promote sustainable resource management and the protection of Fiji’s environment through law.  Kiji has practiced law in Fiji for over 18 years beginning her career as a Prosecutor with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions before pursuing a career as an Environmental Lawyer with the FELA. She has co-authored and published a number of environmental law policy discussion papers and is well versed with Fijian environmental law and related issues in Fiji.

Sophie Whitehead | Baker Mackenzie | AUSTRALIA

Sophie is an Associate in the Environmental Markets team at Baker McKenzie, Sydney. Sophie is an environmental lawyer who specializes in domestic and international climate change law and policy, carbon markets and environmental compliance.

Sophie advises governments and corporations on matters relating to the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, including on their participation in the international climate change negotiations, engagement with carbon markets and the implementation of nationally determined contributions. Sophie also advises on legal and policy issues associated with Australia’s Emissions Reduction Fund and Safeguard Mechanism.

Martijn Wilder AM | Pollination | AUSTRALIA

With a background in economics and law, Martijn is focused on developing innovative polices, ideas and investments that will enable our economies to rapidly transition to net zero, while at the same time preserving our natural ecosystems. Martijn has retained over many years the accolade of the world’s leading climate change lawyer and the Star Individual by Chambers Global Law Guide.

Martijn was head of Baker & McKenzie’s global climate law and finance practice for 20 years and continues to play a key role with Australia’s clean energy finance institutions. He is Chair of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and a former founding Director of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. He helped establish and later Chair the Federal Government’s Low Carbon Australia finance body. He is currently President of WWF-Australia and Chair of NSW Climate Change Council and the Law for Development Initiative. He is Adjunct Professor of International Climate Change Law at Australian National University, a Director of the Climate Council and a Member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists.

Martijn was a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholar and awarded an Australian Honour (AM) for his contribution to climate change law and the environment, and was winner of the 2018 Financial Times Asia Pacific Legal Innovator of the Year.

The Hon Justice Michael D Wilson | Hawaii Supreme Court | USA

Associate Justice Michael Wilson was appointed to the Hawaii Supreme Court on April 17, 2014, after serving as a Circuit Court Judge of the First Circuit since May 10, 2000.  As a Circuit Court Judge, he presided over adult drug court, adult mental health court and the felony criminal trial court.

Justice Wilson is a founding member of the Global Judicial Institute on the Environment and an adjunct faculty member of the Jindal Global University Law School in Sonipat, India.

Prior to his appointment as a Circuit Court judge, Justice Wilson was the director of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Chair of the Board of Land and Natural Resources, Chair of the State Water Commission and a Trustee of the Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission.  He was awarded a lifetime membership in the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife agencies in 1999.  Previously, he was a partner in the law firms of Pavey Wilson & Glickstein and Hart Wolff & Wilson where he practiced civil and criminal trial and appellate law.

Justice Wilson received his law degree from Antioch School of Law in Washington D.C., and bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Pauline Wright | Law Council of Australia | AUSTRALIA

Pauline is President of the Law Council of Australia. She is a partner/principal of PJ Donnellan & Co Solicitors on the NSW Central Coast and is an accredited specialist in Environmental Planning & Development Law.

She was President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties in 2018 to 2019, only the second woman to be elected to that role. Pauline was President of the Law Society of NSW in 2017 after serving on the Council of the Law Society for many years, where she served as the long-term chair of the Environmental Planning & Development and Criminal Law committees.

Pauline was the President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia Central Coast Chapter from 2010 until 2016. She was appointed as a director of the Law Council of Australia in 2016, having sat on a number of key committees including National Criminal Law, Access to Justice and Equal Opportunity in the Law. She is a past Vice President of NSW Women Lawyers and Executive member of NSW Young Lawyers. Pauline is a former Board member of Legal Aid NSW and continues to serve on Legal Aid’s Human Rights and Monitoring committees.

Solomon Yeo | Pacific Islands Students Fighting Climate Change | SOLOMON ISLANDS

Solomon Yeo is from the Solomon Islands, and has recently completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Laws at the University of South Pacific. He is currently pursuing a career as a legal environmental activist. Solomon was one of the 26 law students who founded the Pacific Islands Students Fighting Climate Change (PISFCC) and currently serves as the organisation’s first President. Solomon and the PISFCC are currently campaigning for an Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice on climate change and human rights.

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