About the role
Human rights and the environment are intertwined; human rights cannot be enjoyed without a safe, clean and healthy environment; and sustainable environmental governance cannot exist without the establishment of and respect for human rights.
ALHR’s Environment and Human Rights Subcommittee will engage locally, nationally and internationally with a diverse range of stakeholders in order to:
- Undertake advocacy to stand up for recognition of the right to a safe, clean and healthy environment; and sustainable environmental governance.
- Highlight the need for decisions about the environment to be made from within a human rights framework.
- Promote awareness of the growing body of international discourse on human rights and the environment and adherence to the Framework Principles.
- Promote awareness of human rights issues raised by environmental issues such as climate change.
- In recognition that young people are a key group amongst those most likely to suffer the long term future human rights impacts of climate change and environmental neglect, the subcommittee will specifically seek to engage with and offer a voice to children and young people.
ALHR is now seeking expressions of interest from experienced lawyers to Co-Chair the EHR Subcommittee.
The Co-Chairs will be responsible for leading ALHR’s work in the environment and human rights space at a local, national and international level. The successful applicants will be lawyers who are passionate about the environment and human rights and have significant knowledge, experience and expertise in the area. The successful applicants will also be committed to ALHR’s inclusive constitutional purpose and the universal and inalienable, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated nature of human rights.
The Co-Chairs will work collaboratively with members of the EHR subcommittee, the Chairs of ALHR’s other thematic subcommittees, State/Territory convenors and ALHR’s governing bodies in order to facilitate research, coordinate submissions and comprehensive advocacy on the environment and human rights. They will undertake advocacy that is consistent with international human rights law principles, and present this to key legal, political and media figures in order to keep the thematic area at the forefront of public discussion.
The Co-Chairs will also work with the ALHR national Committee to build a strong membership base for the new subcommittee, comprising lawyers, academics and law students, in Australia and beyond, with a keen interest in the thematic area.
ALHR Co-Chairs are supported, guided by and accountable to ALHR’s National Committee and Executive Management Committee.
The successful applicant will need to be a current member of ALHR
Please see the attached ALHR Co-Chair Position Description for further information about the role.
About the organisation
ALHR was established in 1993 and is a national network of Australian solicitors, barristers, academics, judicial officers and law students who practise and promote international human rights law in Australia. ALHR has active and engaged national, state and territory committees as well as specialist national thematic committees. Through the provision of training, education, publications, CLE courses, conferences, seminars and mentoring, ALHR assists members to continue to develop their knowledge of human rights law and incorporate human rights principles into their areas of legal practice in Australia.
How to apply
Applications not allowed for this volunteering opportunity.
Please quote in application: Co-Chairs ALHR Environment & Human Rights Subcommittee via Pro Bono Australia.