The Climate Justice Programme (CJP) is an independent not for profit, non-government organisation that uses the law to expose environmental and human rights issues relating to climate change.
We are a group of lawyers, academics and campaigners who support the development and execution of strategic initiatives to address global climate change. We seek to raise awareness and engagement in climate law through long standing global networks of lawyers and international organisations.
The CJP was the first program globally that has been established with the sole purpose to work collaboratively with lawyers, campaigners and scientists in this innovative field. The CJP was first established in 2003 by pioneering climate justice lawyers Peter Roderick and Roda Verheyen.
The CJP does not accept funding, gifts or donations from any major greenhouse gas emitters or producers.
We use the law to fight for climate justice.
We use the law to hold corporations accountable for their contribution to the climate emergency.
Our value are:
There are lots of ways that you can contribute to climate justice, whether you are a lawyer, a law student or a concerned member of the community.
Keely is an Aboriginal Australian woman and the Executive Officer of the Climate Justice Programme.
Keely has been working in climate litigation since 2007. Keely was admitted to practice as a solicitor in NSW in 2006. Keely has a PhD from the University of Wollongong on 'Exposure to Legal Risk for Climate Change Damage under the UNFCCC, Kyoto Protocol and LOSC: A Case Study of Tuvalu and Australia'. Keely his an Honorary Fellow at the University of Wollongong and a Research Associate at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney.
Stephen is the President of the Climate Justice Programme.
Stephen is a qualified lawyer and International climate change law and policy expert. Stephen has provided strategic advice and policy and legal analyses on UNFCCC climate law and policy, including on social and environmental aspects of climate change, to UN agencies, intergovernmental organisations, civil society, indigenous people’s, and legal and research centres across the globe.
George Newhouse is a Committee Member of the Climate Justice Programme.
George is the principal solicitor of the National Justice Project and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Macquarie University. He is well known for his work in fighting for justice for the mentally ill, LGBTI Australians, immigrants, prisoners, asylum seekers, youth detainees, and Aboriginal Australians. He has also acted for the Muckaty Aboriginal Community to defeat the Commonwealth Government’s plans to build a Nuclear Waste Dump on their land.
Christoph is a Committee Member of the Climate Justice Programme.
Christoph Schwarte is a qualified German lawyer based in London with almost 20 years of practical experience in different arenas of international environmental law. He is the executive director of Legal Response International (LRI) – a UK charity that provides free legal advice to poor and climate vulnerable developing countries and NGOs. He is a co-author of the International Law Association’s legal principles related to climate change (adopted in 2014). Before joining LRI he worked at the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD) and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Between 1998 and 2004 he was an Associate Officer (P-2) at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg. He holds an LLM from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and qualified to practice at the bar in November 1997 in Dresden (State of Saxony).
Aleta is a Committee Member of the Climate Justice Programme.
Aleta is an artist, working in figurative art, wildlife illustrations and sustainability/futures art. She is the founder of Animals and Botanicals, a collection of Australian bush creatures, as part of a collaborative art and story-telling project, which aims to nurture meaningful connections amongst children with nature. Aleta previously worked at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney. Aleta holds a law degree and has taught environmental law at the University of Newcastle.
Bernadinus Steni is a Committee Member of the Climate Justice Programme.
Bernadinus Steni is a lawyer with a degree from Gadjah Mada University. He has extensive experience providing legal assistance for indigenous peoples and local communities, especially in relation to natural resources. For example, he is part of a legal team filing forestry law to the Indonesian Constitutional Court. He has published several articles on indigenous peoples and human rights, covering topics including free prior and informed consent (2005), the legal framework of indigenous peoples’ rights in Indonesia (2008), the legal and political debate related to indigenous peoples’ rights in Indonesia (2008), and using human rights indicators to monitor REDD+ (2011). For the last five years he has been involved in climate change issues, with special foci on tenure, safeguards, and REDD+ in Indonesia. Drafter of National REDD+ safeguards, namely PRISAI (2012)
Phil is a Committee Member of the Climate Justice Programme.
Phil is Strategist at WWF-Australia. He has previously worked at the Australian Conservation Foundation and Greenpeace, and is the founder of the Australian Climate Justice Program (now part of the Climate Justice Programme). Phil's formal qualifications are in environmental law and visual arts.
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