EPBC Act: Federal environment reform in an age of climate crisis



EPBC Act: Federal environment reform in an age of climate crisis

An interim review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EBPC) Act found the law is “ineffective” amid the current “unsustainable” environmental trajectory. Although efforts have been made to streamline the EPBC Act and state and territory laws, efforts to speed-up development approvals and cut ‘green tape’ risk undermining the reform direction. As Australia nears the end of one of its most devastating years environmentally, how can our laws protect our national landmarks, conserve vulnerable ecosystems and safeguard our species amid an extinction emergency? Join our expert panel as we discuss these issues and more.

ANU Law 60th Anniversary

The event is finished.


18 Nov 2020


6:00 pm - 7:15 pm


  • Annika Reynolds
    Annika Reynolds

    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.

  • Justice Rachel Pepper
    Justice Rachel Pepper

    ANU Law alumna The Honourable Justice Rachel Pepper (BA ’91, LLB (Hons) ’94) was appointed as a Judge of the Land and Environment Court of NSW in May 2009. From 1997 until her appointment in 2009, Justice Pepper practised as a barrister at the New South Wales Bar. Her principal areas of practice were general commercial law and public law, including constitutional and administrative law. While at the bar, Justice Pepper was a member of Bar Council from 2000 to 2009 and was Secretary of the Bar Council from 2006 to 2009. Prior to being called to the bar, Justice Pepper was the Associate to Justice Michael McHugh AC in the High Court of Australia. In March 2015, Justice Pepper was the inaugural judge-in-residence at the Australian National University’s Centre for International and Public Law at the ANU College of Law and has been a long-term champion of ANU Law. In 2017, she was appointed Chair of the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing of Onshore Unconventional Gas Reservoirs and Associated Activities in the Northern Territory. She is currently an ambassador for Twenty10.

  • Professor Jamie Pittock
    Professor Jamie Pittock

    Jamie Pittock is Professor in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at The Australian National University. Jamie worked for environmental organisations in Australia and internationally from 1989-2007, including as Director of WWF’s Global Freshwater Program from 2001-2007. His research from 2007 has focused on better governance of the interlinked issues of water management, energy and food supply, responding to climate change and conserving biological diversity. Jamie directs research programs on more sustainable irrigation in Africa, trade-offs among hydropower and food production in the Mekong region, and sustainable water management in the Murray-Darling Basin. He is a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists. Dr Pittock teaches courses on environment and society as well as on climate change adaptation.

  • Rachel Walmsley
    Rachel Walmsley

    Rachel Walmsley is the Head of Policy & Law Reform at
    Environmental Defenders Office, with over 18 years
    experience working on public interest environmental law
    and policy in Australia. She has written extensive law
    reform submissions and discussion papers and advised
    governments and NGOs on a range of environmental law
    issues, including planning, climate, natural resource
    management and biodiversity laws. Rachel guestlectures in environmental law, is a legal advisor to the
    Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists and the Places You Love alliance on national law
    reform, and was a member of the Australian Panel of Experts in Environmental Law (APEEL).

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