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The Environmental Defender’s Office of Western Australia (EDOWA) is a not-for-profit and non-government organisation that specialises in public interest environmental law.

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  • EDOWA Art Auction Tickets

    EDOWA Art Auction Tickets

    The EDOWA is excited to announce the launch of its first online art auction – an important fundraiser to support both EDOWA as well as Western Australian artists. The auction will run for the month of November and will include spectacular Art from artists from across the State. We hope that you will be able... Read more »

  • Ticketing: Carbon Budgets and the Law Seminar

    Ticketing: Carbon Budgets and the Law Seminar

    The Environmental Defender’s Office WA and UWA’s Centre for Mining Energy and Natural Resources Law invite you to join us for a legal seminar on Carbon Budgets and the Law. The Paris Agreement’s 1.5-2C temperature goal implies a global carbon budget which presents challenges to every economy and industrial sector. These are particularly acute in areas like mining... Read more »

  • EDOWA NEWS SEPTEMBER 2017

    EDOWA NEWS SEPTEMBER 2017

    September has been another busy and productive month at EDOWA. As you may know, EDOWA has been representing the Conservation Council WA and Traditional Owners in an application to the Supreme Court for judicial review of the decision to approve the Yeelirrie Uranium Project. In late August the Supreme Court decided that it would hear... Read more »

“Empowering the community to protect the environment through law”

Protection of WA’s environment by providing individuals and community groups with environmental legal services including advice, education, representation and opportunity to participate in reform of laws affecting the environment.

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  • Hi, I am Declan

    Declan commenced with the EDOWA on January 9 2017 and is one of Western Australia’s most respected environmental lawyers with a distinguished record of service to community and civil society organisations. Through his professional legal experience, Declan has a detailed understanding of all aspects of environmental law, including environmental impact assessment, water management, biodiversity conservation, climate change, Aboriginal heritage, mining and land access, and human rights.

    Declan Doherty
    Principal Solicitor

  • Hi, I am Victoria

    “I began studying law with the hope that I would eventually be in a position to affect environmental change. EDO happens to be the place where this kind of ambition is a tangible reality.  While volunteering at EDO I have found that fellow volunteers and staff members are incredibly dedicated, friendly and hard-working. Teamwork comes naturally because everyone involved wants to be here.”

    Victoria Sozzi
    EDOWA Volunteer

  • Hi, I am Isaac

    Isaac was admitted in the Supreme Court of WA on November four 2016 and commenced his role as a Restricted Practitioner with EDOWA from Jan 2016.

    He has experience working with Native Title, Planning and Environmental Law including reviewing the Quinlan Report in response to the Supreme Court’s invalidation of the EPA’s decisions to approve the Roe 8 highway extension. He is also a member of the National Environmental Lawyers Association.

    Isaac St Clair-Burns
    Restricted Practitioner

  • Hi, I am Mia

    Mia is an outstanding young campaigner who for the past six years has led the successful campaign to prevent uranium mining in WA. She has done remarkable work in building alliances across all community sectors and in the most remote communities of outback Western Australia. She has also led the preparation of detailed technical submissions against proposed uranium mines for input to state and federal processes.

    Mia Pepper
    EDOWA Committee Member

  • Hi, I am Jonathon

    “Volunteering at EDOWA has given me a real-world taste of media and communications roles inside a community driven office and workplace. Working with a  mix of lawyers, paralegals, events staff and communications staff – as well as rubbing shoulders with respected conservationists – I have been positioned to think more carefully about the exact meanings of my words, and to preemptively engage with my co-workers in creating cohesive and meaningful pieces of writing and research.”

    Jonathon Davidson
    EDOWA Volunteer