Hanna Jaireth

Hanna Jaireth

NMAS Phd MA(IR) BA/LLB(Hons)

Is a nationally accredited mediator with a PhD on global environmental governance. Conflict resolution and environmental legal issues were part of Hanna’s employment for many years, including as a farm debt mediation officer, researcher, tribunal member, and parliamentary inquiry secretary. Hanna has served on the NELA Board in various capacities since 2010. Her resume and several publications list are accessible at https://anu-au.academia.edu/HannaJaireth.

Dr Justine Bell-James

Dr Justine Bell-James

Is a Senior Lecturer at the TC Beirne School of Law, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the areas of environmental law and property law. Dr Bell-James obtained a PhD from the Queensland University of Technology in 2010, and was subsequently awarded an ARC funded Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2011. Dr Bell-James undertook her postdoctoral research at the Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland, focussing on legal, policy and insurance responses to coastal hazards and sea-level rise. Dr Bell-James's research focuses on legal mechanisms for protection of the coast, drawing upon environmental, planning, property and tort law. In addition to her work on sea-level rise, Dr Bell-James is also particularly interested in novel legal mechanisms for protection of coastal ecosystems like mangroves and seagrass, protection of the Great Barrier Reef, and biodiversity offsets in the coastal context.

Dr Bell-James currently holds an ARC Discovery Grant (2019-2021) to consider how ecosystem services provided by mangroves can be integrated into law.

Jess Hamdorf

Jess Hamdorf

Is an Associate at Glen McLeod Legal, a Western Australian based law firm specialising in environment and planning law. Jess specialises in many aspects of environment, planning, and public law. She represents clients in appealing subdivision and development application refusals in the State Administrative Tribunal, clearing permit applications for native vegetation, disputes regarding developer contribution plans and public and private nuisance. Jess is also experienced in advising clients on issues related to the compulsory taking of land for public works, contamination of land, waste and general contractual disputes

She has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and International Relations) from the University of Western Australia and lectures in Environment and Planning law at the University of Murdoch.

Matt Floro

Matt Floro

Matt is a Senior Solicitor advising on environmental, planning, climate change and administrative law at EDO. He has practised environmental and planning law in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales and has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors, including at the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, Clayton Utz and Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Passionate about community, he has led Out for Australia Victoria, the Australian Law Students’ Association and his university law society. He currently serves as National Secretary of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association.

Matt holds undergraduate degrees in Law and Economics and a Master’s degree in Law from The University of Queensland. He also has a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from The Australian National University. He is currently undertaking a Master of Public Administration at Griffith University and a specialist LLM in Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law at the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in Portland USA.  He teaches at various law schools in Sydney.

Dr Michelle Lim

Dr Michelle Lim

Dr Michelle Lim's interdisciplinary scholarship occurs at the intersection between biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods. Dr Lim’s work focuses on futures-oriented biodiversity law research aimed at advancing equity and sustainability under conditions of unprecedented environmental change. Dr Lim has diverse teaching experience spanning the fields of environmental, international, commercial and corporate law and torts.

Dr Lim holds a double degree in Science (Ecosystem Management) and Law (First-class Honours) and a PhD on legal and institutional arrangements for transboundary biodiversity conservation at the University of New England, Australia.

Dr Lim joined the Macquarie Law School as a Senior Lecturer in 2020. Prior to this she was a Lecturer at the University of Adelaide and Griffith University. Dr Lim’s post-doctoral research, based at the UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science at the University of Dundee, Scotland, examined governance approaches for addressing ecosystem services and human well-being in the Ganges Brahmaputra Meghna Delta.

Dr Lim was a fellow on the Global Assessment of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). She is the Book Review Editor of the Oxford Yearbook of International Environmental Law and sits on the Editorial Board of the Australian Environment Review. Dr Lim was awarded the 2016/2017 Law Council of Australia Mahla Pearlman Australian Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year Award.

Natasha Hammond

Natasha Hammond

Is a barrister at Martin Place Chambers, Sydney, who specialises in environmental and planning law. Natasha has a Masters in Environmental Law from the University of Sydney and is a Sessional Law Lecturer at the University of New South Wales where she teaches environmental and climate law. Natasha has a broad range of experience, having worked in private practice in Sydney, for local government in London and Sydney, for the EDO NSW, and prosecuting environmental offences at the Office of Environment and Heritage prior to being admitted to the bar in 2014. Natasha has run significant litigation in the Land and Environment Court of NSW and in Federal courts and tribunals, including in relation to environmental impact assessment, biodiversity and threatened species, energy, coastal protection and climate change, and environmental crime.

Nadja Zimmermann

Nadja Zimmermann

Is a solicitor with the Environmental Defenders Office, in New South Wales. Nadja works on matters relating to environmental and planning law including major projects, environmental pollution and Aboriginal heritage protection. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne and has worked in commercial litigation, in Victoria, before commencing with the EDO.

Tiphanie Acreman

Tiphanie Acreman

Tiphanie Acreman is a barrister practicing at the Victorian Bar in the areas of property, planning, environment and building.  She grew up in Tasmania and became aware of the role of the law in the environmental context during primary school when the Tasmanian Dams case was handed down.

She has undergraduate degrees from the University of Tasmania in Law and Science, majoring in Geography and Environmental Studies, and a Master of Laws from the Australian National University.

Prior to becoming a barrister, Tiphanie worked as an Associate at the Supreme Court of Victoria, and at the federal Department of the Environment.  As a barrister, she has advised and appeared in environmental matters relating to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (Cth) 1999, the Planning and Environment Act (Vic) 1987, and the Environment Protection Act (Vic) 1970.