Legal Action on Climate Change: From Paris to Perth

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

21st Conference of the Parties (CoP 21), Paris, 30 November – 12 December 2015

Late last year, negotiations at CoP 21 in Paris delivered an historic agreement on climate change that will shape the international response to global warming in the post-2020 period. In the evening of 12 December, there was jubilation when the French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius declared that the Agreement was unanimously accepted.  Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop hailed the Agreement as giving Australia comfort “to take tougher action to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions”. 

The Paris Agreement brings together nearly 200 countries under a single framework. It sets an ambitious goal of limiting global warming to 1.5-2°C above pre-industrial levels, and calls on all parties (whether industrialised or developing) to submit nationally determined contributions to the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, which will be scaled up over time. It also provides the groundwork for proper transparency and accountability, and for increased support for poor and vulnerable countries.

To access the agreement text, visit:

The Paris Agreement has significant implications for Australian climate law and policy. Australia’s current domestic policies must change if we are to meet our current target, let alone pull our weight in international efforts to limit warming to 1.5-2°C. 

 by Emily Archer (UWA LLB Honours candidate)

Join us for a presentation and Q&A panel discussion on the outcomes of the Paris Agreement and the implications for Australia.

Thursday 31 March 2016
5.30pm to 7.45pm

Law Lecture Theatre, Law School, University of WA

*Legal Professional CPD points available

Participants can earn 2 points for the seminar, being:
Competency Area 3 - Ethics and Professional Responsibility -  0.5 points
Competency Area 4 – Substantive Law  - 1.5 points


Standard: $30

EDO members: $20 

Students: $10 

EDO student members: Free




5.30 pm What Does the Paris Agreement Mean for Australia? Associate Professor David Hodgkinson, UWA Law School, Hodgkinson Johnston Pty Ltd, and a director of EcoCarbon.

A summary of the core terms of the Paris Agreement and the implications for Australian law and policy.


6.30 – 7.45pm Panel Discussion: Legal action on climate change: decisions to be made in Perth

A panel of 5 presenters engaging in Q&A about what measures can be taken in WA to mitigate GHGe.

Michael Voros, Herbert Smith Freehills, Perth, planning and environment lawyer

Piers Verstegen, Director of the Conservation Council of WA

Glen McLeod,  Glen McLeod Legal, member of the Environmental Protection Authority of Western Australia, Chairman of the International Bar Association's Environment Health and Safety Committee

Jasmine Morris (LLB Honours Student, UWA)

Patrick Pearlman, Principal Solicitor, Environmental Defender’s Office, WA


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