About Us

Climate Justice Network

Connecting researchers, policy makers, business, communities and students interested in climate justice.

Based at the University of Tasmania, Australia.

Objectives

The Climate Justice Network was launched in 2017 to explore issues of ethics and justice and law in responses to climate change.

Our aims are to be a platform bringing together researchers from across disciplines to share their research, to inform climate policy development with justice and equity perspectives, and to promote engagement with local communities, business, younger people and students.  

We undertake research into issues of ethics and justice and law that arise at the international, regional or local levels in responding to the challenge of climate change and the transition to a low carbon future. Such research is inherently multidisciplinary and collaborative, and has the potential to contribute to informing policy development and public discussion. 

Our first project was the Imagining a Different Future Conference and community events in 2018. The Conference presentations are in the knowledge hub.

We plan to focus in 2019-2020 on how best to ensure the interests of future generations and younger people are taken in account in climate change planning and governance.

Why Tasmania?

Tasmania is the ideal location for this initiative, with its long history of conservation expertise and environmentalism, the largest concentration of climate scientists and Antarctic researchers in the Southern Hemisphere, and particularly engaged local community. The University of Tasmania has a broad range of researchers and thinkers in the climate change field and is committed to engagement with local communities, business and government in understanding the challenge of climate change. A Southern Hemispheric connection with a focus on local and regional issues, as well as global concerns, could make a significant contribution to public discourse and policy debates about climate change.

Nearly one third of Tasmania is World Heritage Area protected under a global convention that explicitly embodies notions of intergenerational justice. The Cape Grim weather station plays a key part in monitoring climate change and made the first recording of 400ppm in 2016, confirming the urgency of the climate challenge.

 

Network Co-Convenors

Dr Peter Lawrence

Peter Lawrence researches in the field of climate change, international law and justice. He is author of ‘Justice for Future Generations, Climate Change and International Law’ (2014). Peter is also a baritone whose climate change activist songs can be heard on YouTube.

Jan Linehan

Jan Linehan is an international lawyer and former international negotiator, who researches in international law, gender, and climate change. She is particularly interested in law reform, community engagement, and the arts in the areas of climate change and human rights.

The Network is a collaboration of multidisciplinary researchers, students, and community representatives. The ongoing support of the Faculty of Law and public interest student initiatives, such as SEALS (Student Environment and Animal Law Society) and IJI (International Justice Initiative) is acknowledged. Our student representatives are Salman Shah, Nicky Van Dyke and Frances Medlock.

 

Sponsors & Supporters, 2018 Conference & Community Event

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Thanks to the host, the University of Tasmania, the Faculty of Law, the Medical School, the Asia Institute, the Institute for the Study of Social Change, the ACE CRC, IMAS, the Earth Systems Governance, Project, the University of Utrecht Ethics Institute, City of Hobart, the Tasmanian Government, Climate Tasmania, Sustainable Living Tasmania, National Parks and Wildlife Service, our steering committee members from the University of Utrecht Ethics Institute, our brilliant team of students from the Faculty of Law and the International Justice Initiative, our webmasters David Reilly (ACE CRC) and Sal Shah, Ben Thiessen of Conference Design, Sylvia Lawrence for photography and videoing, Tim Cooper for donating his photographs for the new website, Margaret Steadman for organising the community consultation, all the presenters, musicians, artists, our community scribe, and the many other volunteers who made it happen.

Vale Sue Anderson (4 July 1943-4 October 2018) creator of Lynchpin Ocean Project, sponsor & friend.