2016 Panel

Dr Michelle Maloney

Dr Michelle Maloney is a lawyer and Co-Founder/National Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA). She has a Bachelor of Arts/Law (Hons) from the Australian National University and a PhD from Griffith Law School. Michelle has 25 years experience managing climate change, environmental justice and cross-cultural projects in Australia, the UK and the United States. She is the Australian representative on the Executive Committee of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and is the Chairperson of the Environmental Defender’s Office Queensland.

Professor Irene Watson

Professor Irene Watson is Professor of Law and the Pro Vice Chancellor Aboriginal Leadership and Strategy, School of Law, University of South Australia Business School, where her teaching and research focuses primarily on Indigenous Peoples in both domestic and international law. Professor Watson belongs to the Tanganekald, Meintangk Boandik First Nations Peoples, of the Coorong and the south east of South Australia. She has previously held academic positions at the University of Adelaide and Flinders University Law Schools.

Adjunct Professor Mary Graham

Adjunct Professor Mary Graham is a Kombu-merri person through her father’s heritage and Wakka Wakka clan through her mother’s heritage. With a career spanning more than 30 years, Mary has worked across several government agencies, community organisations and universities. Mary has been a dedicated lecturer with the University of Queensland, teaching Aboriginal history, politics and comparative philosophy. Mary has also lectured nationally on these subjects, and developed and implemented the core university subjects of ‘Aboriginal Perspective’s’, ‘Aboriginal Approaches to Knowledge’ and at the post-graduation level ‘Aboriginal Politics’.

Gill H. Boehringer

Gill H. Boehringer is a former Dean of Macquarie University School of Law. He is a member of the Monitoring Committee on Attacks on Lawyers of the International Association of People’s Lawyers. He has served on People’s Tribunals in Australia, the Philippines, and New York City, and as an Observer at a People’s Tribunal in Washington, DC. A member of the Judges Panel of the Permanent People’s Tribunal, he sat on tribunals in Cambodia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka on the Asian garment industries, and in Mexico on the social crisis in that country. He has published over two hundred book chapters, articles and conference papers, and co-edited a monograph, Critique of Law.

Professor Brendan Mackey

Professor Brendan Mackey is the Director of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program and has published over 150 academic publications including journal articles, books and book chapters. Brendan is a member of the International Council for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). He also serves on various governmental advisory bodies including the science advisory group to the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative.

Benedict Coyne

Benedict Coyne is a Senior Associate human rights lawyer at boutique Brisbane law firm, Anderson Fredericks Turner. He is currently serving as President of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) and was previously the ALHR Queensland Co-Convenor for over three years and Chair of the national ALHR Human Rights Act Subcommittee. Benedict studied law at Southern Cross University and has a Masters in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford.