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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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      WildEarth Guardians; Sierra Club v United States Bureau of Land Management, and Wyoming Mining Association; BTU Western Resources, Inc.; State of Wyoming; National Mining Association, 15-8109 1 (10th Cir, 2017). CASE STUDY – MARA PAPAVASSILIOU AND RUBY HAMILTON   SUMMARY In an appeal against a decision of the Federal District Court, the US 10th... Read more »

  • EDOWA receives Generous Donation from Innovative Students

    EDOWA receives Generous Donation from Innovative Students

    Over the past few months, a group, consisting of Rossmoyne SHS students Michael Lee, Charlotte Kirke, Chaki Ramesh and Rafid Hasan, have reinvented the second hand shopping experience for a social innovation competition. With the generosity of Riverton library, they were able to test our ideas at the library’s courtyard. Through surveys of local communities,... Read more »

  • EDOWA Annual Report 2016-2017

    EDOWA Annual Report 2016-2017

    The EDOWA has much to celebrate at this 2017 Annual General Meeting. There has been excellent progress in rebuilding our team, stabilising our budget and re-invigorating our core activities. There are four key achievements since the last AGM. In late 2016 and early 2017, our then Acting Manager, Shayla Strapps, completed the review and reform... 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