The Human Right to a Healthy Environment: Recognising the Right in Australia

September 26, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (AEST)
Online (via Zoom)
Event series: Earth Laws Month 2023

Join us for an important discussion with speakers from the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) about the human right to a healthy environment. We will be hearing insights about the EDO’s Healthy Environment and Justice Program from the Director of the program, Nicole Sommers, and Senior Solicitors of the program, Frances Bradshaw and Isobel Brinin.

Download the EDO report 'The Right to a Health Environment' discussed in the webinar here:


NICOLE SOMMER (Director, Healthy Environment & Justice Program):

Nicole leads EDO’s Healthy Environment & Justice Program, working in human rights and environmental justice. Her team of lawyers work across Australia, connected with communities in 8 locations. Nicole has almost 20 years of legal experience, appearing as counsel in Courts and Tribunals, and advising clients on a broad range of environment protection issues. Nicole sits on the Law Council of Australia’s Environment and Planning Law Group, the Board of Disability Voices Tasmania, and holds a Masters of Environmental Management.

FRANCES BRADSHAW (Senior Solicitor, Healthy Environment & Justice Program, ACT Practice):

Since joining EDO in January 2021, Frances has provided advice, law reform advocacy and community legal education to people in the ACT on federal and ACT environmental, planning, Aboriginal cultural heritage, human rights, and climate change matters. Frances also participates in a number of environmental organisations including the ACT Environment and Planning Forum, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, and the IUCN’s World Commission on Environmental Law.

ISOBEL BRININ (Senior Solicitor, Healthy Environment & Justice Program, ACT Practice):

Isobel recently joined EDO as a Senior Solicitor in the ACT Practice. Prior to joining EDO, Isobel worked at Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre where she advised and represented Aboriginal women and children in a range of civil and family law matters. Previously, Isobel worked as a native title lawyer in NSW, advising and representing Aboriginal people in relation to native title, Aboriginal heritage, property and resources.


Dr Michelle Maloney is the Co-founder and National Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) and holds undergraduate degrees in politics and law (ANU) and a PhD in environmental law and regulation from the Griffith Law Futures Centre. Michelle’s books, journal publications, interviews, podcasts and speaking events can be accessed on her profile page:


Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) is the largest environmental legal centre in the Australia-Pacific, dedicated to protecting our climate, communities and shared environment by providing access to justice, running groundbreaking litigation and leading law reform advocacy.