Climate change and human rights at COP26
The Amnesty-ANU Eminent Speakers series is back! Join ANU Law Reform and Social Justice (LRSJ) and Amnesty International in this discussion on climate change and human rights at COP26.
At the end of October 2021, the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) will convene in Glasgow in what the hosts describe as “the world’s best last chance to get runaway climate change under control”.
Climate change represents one of the greatest threats to human rights of our generation. What is decided at COP26, and what countries do or fail to do in the years ahead, is therefore of critical importance. In this panel discussion, we will discuss Indigenous rights, climate change displacement, youth activism and strategic litigation.
Annika Reynolds, is a young leader in the climate justice movement. They are the CEO and Founder of GreenLaw, a law reform and research institute empowering the next generation of lawyers to tackle the climate crisis and a Board Director for Zero Emissions Noosa Inc.
They are also the youth co-chair of the Environment and Human Rights Sub-committee of Australia Lawyers for Human Rights.
Folole is of German and Samoan descent residing in Melbourne. Her first climate action was in 2015 where she participated in a climate rally for the Pacific Islands, and in 2018 she performed a Samoan Siva in the cities busiest intersection on Flinders Street for March For Our Future action. She is a visual artist and a cultural performer. Since been given the role to lead the Melbourne branch of Pacific Climate Warriors she has organised art workshops to advocate for the Pacific Islands and Pacific diaspora community.
Sanjula Weerasinghe is a non-resident Fellow at ISIM and a consultant with UNHCR. Her recent experience includes work with the Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) Initiative Secretariat, based within IOM, where she was the lead secretariat drafter of the MICIC Initiative Guidelines to Protect Migrants in Countries Experiencing Conflict or Natural Disaster. Sanjula’s research interests lie at the intersection of international law, displacement, migration, and human rights. She has worked as a consultant with the Brookings Institution’s former IDP project and as a researcher with the UNSW Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law. Sanjula’s past experience also includes representing refugees and asylum seekers, managing legal aid centers in Thailand and Hong Kong, and working as a legal practitioner with Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons). She holds a Bachelor of Laws (hons) from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and a Master of Laws (dist.) with a Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies from Georgetown University.
Tony McAvoy SC
Appointed Senior Counsel in 2015, Tony has developed a strong native title practice and has successfully appeared for claimants in several land claims. He has also acquired significant experience in the areas of environmental law, administrative law, human rights and discrimination law, coronial inquests and criminal law.
Notably, between 2011 and 2013, Tony was an Acting Part-Time Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court.
Tony is also the Acting Northern Territory Treaty Commissioner from the period of 8 December 2021 to 30 June 2022.