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  • Earth is our business: International Speaker Polly Higgins

    11 Mar
    • Topic: Environment
    • Venue: InterContinental Adelaide, Adelaide, SA
    • Event Type: afternoon tea (3pm for 3.15pm to 5pm)

    Speaker(s): Polly Higgins, International Lawyer
    Ian Lowe, the Climate Commission
    Allan Holmes, CEO Dept of Environment

    Please contact the Adelaide office on 08 8211 7222 if you would like to register

    CEDA, together with the University of Adelaide will lead a critical discussion around Environmental Law with international environmental Lawyer Polly Higgns.


    Join CEDA for a critical discussion about the development of environmental law and accountability.

    Polly Higgins, describes herself as a "lawyer for the earth".  For many years Polly has campaigned for an international law of Ecocide to hold those responsible for the destruction of the world's ecosystems to account. Recently Polly submitted a proposal to the United Nations to recognise the Crime of Ecocide, arguing that it is a fifth Crime against Peace that should be recognised alongside genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression.

    Polly will be joined by Professor Ian Lowe, Emeritus Professor in the School of Science at Griffith University, an Adjunct Professor at two Australian universities and the President of the Australian Conservation Foundation and Chief Executive of the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Heritage.


    Polly Higgins
    International Environmental Lawyer

    Polly Higgins is a lawyer who has dedicated her life to one client - the Earth.  Polly was born in 1968 and spent her childhood in the west of Scotland, in Stirlingshire and the Highlands. During her time as a student she met the Austrian artist and ecologist Hundertwasser who believed nature to be a community of living beings. This was to be the beginning of her examination of her world in a different context from that which viewed the world as a thing, to be traded and sold.  Her years as a barrister in London courts, where she represented both individuals and corporations on discrimination cases and corporate law, led her to the conclusion that the Earth was in need of a good lawyer. The planet was also being treated unfairly and the tools of her trade were not adequate. Quite simply, the laws to protect the interests of the Earth do not exist. Polly is the award winning author of Eradicating Ecocide and Earth is Our Business.

    Supported by CEDA member

    Adelaide university

    Registration Fees (incl GST)

    CEDA members and guests

    $66 per person
    $475 table of 8
    $600 table of 10


    $99 per person
    $660 table of 8
    $880 table of 10

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