2018 Environmental Law Symposium

The Legal Practice Section's Australian Environment and Planning Law Group will be hosting the 2018 Environmental Law Symposium at the New South Wales Law Society on 19 April 2018. 

Key Speakers

The event will also include a special presentation honouring the contribution of Justice Murray Wilcox AO QC to environmental jurisprudence in Australia.

The Honourable Murray Wilcox AO QC served as a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia from 1984 to 2006, chief justice of the Industrial Relations Court, and a member and acting Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission. After graduating from Sydney Law School in 1960, his Honour practised as a solicitor, specialising in planning and local government law, until being called to the Bar in 1963.

He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1977, and awarded an Order of Australia in 2010. A strong advocate for environmental governance, his Honour has also served as Foundation President of the Environmental Law Association of New South Wales, President of the Australian Conservation Foundation from 1979 to 1984, and chair of the Environmental Defender’s Office New South Wales from 2007 to 2013.

Since 2014, Justice Wilcox has been a member of the Australian Panel of Experts in Environmental Law.

Chair of the AEPLG, Jess Feehely, recently interviewed Justice Wilcox AO QC. Read full interview here.  

The Symposium will be followed by the annual Mahla Pearlman Oration and awarding of the Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year Award, and a Symposium Dinner.


Environmental Law Symposium 2018: Law Society of NSW

Time Session
11.30am Welcome
11.45am Greg McIntyre SC: Aboriginal heritage law and the environment: From Mabo to the Uluru Statement and Beyond
12.15pm Kevin Smith: Do Indigenous voices get heard above the noise of environment and planning issues?
12.45pm Lunch
1.30pm Dr Rebecca Nelson: Boiling frogs and breaking camels: Warnings from a dialogue between water law and environmental law
2.30pm Justice Brian Preston SC: Using environmental rights to address climate change
3.30pm Presentation to honour Justice Murray Wilcox AO QC
4.00pm Close

Mahla Pearlman Oration: Federal Court of Australia Building

Time Session

2018 Oration to be delivered by the Hon Robert French AC

Presentation of the Mahla Pearlman Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year

This is a free event, co-hosted by the AEPLG and Environment and Planning Law Association of NSW. Click here to register

Symposium Dinner: Bakehouse Kitchen Bar, Queens Square

Time Session

Join us for an informal opportunity to mingle with environmental law leaders from the judiciary and the profession. Tickets are limited. Register below. 

Special offer

The Legal Practice Section is offering a special deal for the 2018 Environmental Law Symposium. Purchase two tickets and receive a third one for free. To take up on this offer, please contact Travis Kotzur by email or on 02 6246 3722.

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