The Climate Justice Clinic

Law students participating in the Climate Justice Law Clinic will learn to use their legal skills to address the urgent need for increased climate change mitigation action.

The best scientists in the world have made it very clear that climate change is already upon us. We have recently witnessed the devastating death of half of all the corals on the Great Barrier Reef due to coral bleaching – a tragedy which has been clearly attributed to human-caused global warming. We are experiencing increased heat waves across the country, more frequent extreme fire events and 2018 was the driest year on record for some of our prime food growing areas.  On our current trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions, future generations will never see a healthy coral reef and will live in a less safe world.

The best scientists in the world have also said that there is still time to act to avoid the worst of the ravages that climate change will bring. However, this window of opportunity is closing rapidly.

Faced with this evidence, a growing number citizens around the world are finding the courage to take action and becoming climate activists.  Mary Robinson, the seventh President of Ireland has said, “One of the most powerful tools climate activists have is lawyers, or litigation.”

The Climate Justice Law Clinic is your unique opportunity to work with experienced public-interest lawyers at the cutting edge of the law.  You will be challenged to think strategically and creatively to implement legal interventions that contribute to a safer climate future for all of us.  Under the close supervision of the Clinical Supervisor, you will have the opportunity to advise climate activists, climate NGOs and concerned citizens who wish to use legal tools and legal advocacy in their fight for climate justice.

This exciting offering is run within the Monash Law Clinics-Melbourne legal practice.  Students will participate in the clinic at the Monash Law Clinics - Melbourne CBD premises for one day per week.

The Climate Justice Clinic is supported by Russell Kennedy, Lawyers, who kindly second a member of their legal team to support this clinic and the supervision of participating students. In December 2019, Russell Kennedy, Lawyers also sponsored Monash Law student Rahul Ramesh to attend the annual UN Conference of Parties (COP25) event in Spain.