About Us

Climate Justice Network

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

Based at the University of Tasmania, Australia.

Outputs & objectives

The Climate Justice Network was launched in 2017 to raise the profile of issues of ethics and justice in thinking about climate change and create a network of thinkers and researchers in the area.

A Southern Hemispheric connection with a focus on local and regional, as well as global concerns, could have a significant impact on the public discourse and the climate policy debate. We hope it will be a catalyst for links to a broad range of concerned scientists, philosophers, lawyers, economists and strategists to share information and develop collaborations.

Dissemination of ideas, dialogue, and public engagement with local communities, business, younger people, engaged creatives, and students are key goals.

The first project was the Imagining a Different Future Conference and community events.

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 communities. The University of Tasmania has 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.

In 2016, the first recording of 400ppm at Cape Grim demonstrated the urgency of the climate challenge, but the implications were not understood outside the scientific community. Nearly one third of Tasmania is world heritage area protected under a global convention that explicitly embodies notions of intergenerational justice.


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 on 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.


Conference Organising Committee

Climate Justice Conference organising committee

  • Peter Lawrence (Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania)

  • Jan Linehan (Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania)

  • Marcus Düwell (Ethics Institute, University of Utrecht)

  • Liesbeth Feikema (Ethics Institute, University of Utrecht)

  • Michael Reder (Munich School of Philosophy)

  • Lukas Köhler (Centre for Environmental Ethics and Education of the Munich School of Philosophy)


Sponsors & Supporters, 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, CLIMARTE, our brilliant team of students from the Faculty of Law and the International Justice Initiative, our webmaster David Reilly (ACE CRC), Ben Thiessen of Conference Design, Margaret Steadman for organising the community consultation, and so many other volunteers who made it happen.

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