Public Interest Law Careers Guide - Climate Change and Environmental Law Panel

Field of Law


Stage of Career

Practising Lawyers

Contact Details

Address: Owen Dixon Chambers West, 525 Lonsdale St, MELBOURNE, Victoria 3000 
Phone: (03) 9225 7355 or (03) 9225 7222
Visit the Panel's website
Contact person: Tom Pikusa

Description of Organisation

The Victorian Bar established the Climate Change and Environmental Law Panel in early 2010. The Panel was launched by the Hon. Justice Kevin Bell in March 2010.

The Panel has the following objectives:

  • To promote the understanding of climate change and environmental law
  • To represent and advise litigants on a pro bono or reduced fee basis in matters of public interest arising out of a concern for the environment and the impact of climate change
  • To contribute to the development of effective legislation governing impacts to the environment
  • To encourage the participation of other legal professionals and law students in the Panel's programs and cases

Number of legal positions within organisation: The Panels is a group of barristers at the Victorian Bar who are prepared to provide advice or undertake cases on environmental law or climate change issues where there is a public interest benefit. It has also prepared issues papers on law reform  relating to environmental and climate change matters.

The Panel is not an employer, however, from time to time, it has used graduate lawyers to assist in the preparation of issues papers, advice and/or cases for trial. In general, members of the Panel provide advice or appearance work on a pro-bono basis.

What sort of volunteer/work experience opportunities are available?

To assist in the preparation of advice and cases for trial.  This may include research on issues or cases within Victoria, Australia or internationally.

Contact person for volunteers:  Tom Pikusa

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