Dr Michelle Maloney - Co-Founder and National Convenor
Dr Michelle Maloney has a Bachelor of Arts and Law (Hons) from the Australian National University and a PhD in Law from Griffith University. As Co-Founder and National Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance, Michelle manages the strategic direction and governance of AELA, including the extensive partnerships and networks that AELA has with the legal, academic, indigenous and environmental advocacy communities. Michelle also designs and manages AELA programs and events, including AELA's Rights of Nature Tribunals, and coordinates the work of more than 20 fantastic multi-disciplinary professional and student volunteers around Australia.Michelle is the Co-Founder and Director of the New Economy Network Australia (NENA); Co-Founder and Director of Future Dreaming Australia; Senior Adjunct Fellow, Law Futures Centre, Griffith University; the Australian representative on the Executive Committee of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN); and a member of the Steering Group the Ecological Law and Governance Association (ELGA) . Michelle lives in Brisbane, (Queensland) with her husband, daughter and Raz the Wonderdog.
James Lee - Manager, AELA Programs and Operations
James Lee has a background in art, music (BMus) and film studies (GradDip Film & TV) and holds a Master of Environmental Management (MEM) from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). James has a strong interest in interdisciplinary approaches to addressing ecological challenges and exploring the role that cultural practices can play in informing and supporting Earth-centred governance.
James manages a range of AELA programs, including ecological governance/GreenPrints, AELA Education and selected Earth Arts projects. James also oversees AELA's operational systems, including membership, event coordination, communications, and website development across several AELA programs.
Meaghan Burkett - Manager, Law & Regulation Team
Meaghan manages AELA’s Law and Regulation Team, which works to create and advocate for Earth centred law and regulation, and includes the work carried out by the Australian Centre for the Rights of Nature (rightsofnature.org.au) and the Australian People’s Tribunal for Community and Nature’s Rights (tribunal.org.au) . Meaghan also supports the delivery of AELA’s education program. Meaghan has a multidisciplinary background across the public, private and non-government sectors. She is skilled in regulatory strategy, policy, practice, program delivery and complex issues management with over ten years’ experience in the sustainability, environment and corporate social responsibility portfolios. Meaghan is a Director of the New Economy Network Australia (NENA) and Convenor of the NENA Newcastle, Hunter & Central Coast Hub. Meaghan is completing a Master of Government Law & Regulation from Monash University and holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Environment Policy, Governance and Communication from Melbourne University, and Bachelor of Commerce from James Cook University. Meaghan lives in Lake Macquarie, NSW and loves connecting with nature, family and friends.
Dr Edward Morgan - Science Coordinator
Liz Day - IT and website support
Leeanne Leserve - Book keeper/Accountant
2020 Volunteers by Program
Law and Regulation Team - Australian Centre for the Rights of Nature; Australian Peoples' Tribunal for Community and Nature's Rights
Lauris de Clifford
GreenPrints and Ecological Limits
Earth Arts (volunteers and arts advisors)
Research and Events
Christine de Kock