Pro Bono Guide to the Climate Crisis

Find out how pro bono lawyers can help tackle the global climate crisis.

“This informative and inspiring publication describes the many ways that lawyers and the legal profession can dedicate their extensive expertise, experience and resources to tackling the climate crisis… Ultimately, climate change is not just about science or technology. It’s about justice. The legal profession has a moral obligation to stand up and join the movement for a cleaner, greener, healthier future.”

Dr. David R. Boyd
United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment

What does the Guide include?

The Guide aims to inform and inspire lawyers across the globe. It includes:

  • descriptions of 15 different ways that lawyers can get involved in pro bono work to help combat the climate crisis
  • a range of compelling case studies from around the world, and
  • advice on how to get started.

Australian civil society organisations tackling climate change

Below are a list of civil society organisations that are working to fight climate change in a variety of ways. Some of them may welcome pro bono support from lawyers. Please contact these organisations directly to ask if you can assist.

This list is not exhaustive and will evolve over time. Please contact us if you think we should add another organisation to the list.

Organisation Website
Action Ready
Australian Earth Laws Alliance
Beyond Zero Emissions
Citizens Climate Lobby Australia
Climate Justice Programme
Climate Justice Network
Climate Tasmania
Environmental Defenders Office
Environmental Justice Australia
Friends of the Earth Australia
Lawyers for Climate Justice
Lawyers for Forests
Melbourne Activist Legal Support
Nature Conservation Council of NSW
University of Queensland Pro Bono Centre Australia

This list is provided for information purposes only and should not be considered an implied Centre endorsement of any particular organisation on the list.

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