Neoliberalism, Climate Justice and Non-Human Capabilities


Rosemary Lyster, University of Sydney

Rosemary Lyster discussed the concept of markets for ecosystem services, and their efficacy in protecting ecosystems. They reflect some key tenets of neoliberalism including privatisation and commodification, and evidence has shown that a focus on these approaches do not protect nonhuman capabilities and are unlikely to promote climate justice, raising a question of “how will the law respond?”


This talk was held at:

Imagining a Different Future

Climate Justice Conference

The University of Tasmania with the support of the University of Utrecht Ethics Institute hosted a multidisciplinary conference examining the barriers to responding to climate change, implementing climate justice, and proposing ways forward. Among the keynote speakers were Law Faculty Professors Jan McDonald and Ben Richardson. The Law Faculty's Dr Peter Lawrence co-convened the conference with Jan Linehan. The conference took place in Hobart from 8-9 Feb 2018.

Despite the Paris Agreement, there are real concerns the prevailing neoliberal economic and political model, particularly with the move to more insular, nationalistic, fragile politics, cannot respond effectively to climate change and excludes key considerations such as ethics and justice. Videos and Podcasts from the conference are available on the Knowledge Hub.