Ariane Wilkinson

Ariane Wilkinson is a Senior Lawyer at Environmental Justice Australia, a not-for-profit, public interest legal practice where she uses her legal expertise to advise and act for communities impacted by fossil fuel projects and the impacts of climate change.

Her legal practice also involves advocating for laws which hold polluters accountable, promoting and defending clean energy laws and advocating to reform Australia’s laws to make sure they protect the right of all Australians to clean water, clean air and a safe climate future.

Ariane has also practiced and taught law at Monash Law Clinics-Melbourne where she was recently the inaugural Supervising Lawyer and course designer of the Climate Justice Law Clinic, a pilot clinic run as part of the Monash University Faculty of Law in-house clinical legal education program. The Climate Justice Law Clinic is a unique opportunity for Monash Law students to work with experienced public-interest lawyers at the cutting edge of the law and of climate science to address the climate crisis.

Prior to joining Environmental Justice Australia, Ariane practiced law in the not-for-profit legal sector in Queensland, advising clients on environmental and human rights law, and representing traditional owners in native title negotiations with energy and resources companies. She has also worked in private practice for top-tier law firms as a planning and environment lawyer and legal researcher in environmental litigation and major project approvals.

Ariane holds degrees in Science and Law (Hons) from Griffith University and undertook her Graduate Diploma to enter legal practice at the Australian National University.



“We must respond to the climate crisis in a manner that strengthens our democracy, advances the rule of law and promotes climate justice.”



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The National Climate Emergency Summit will convene practitioners, advocates, governments, youth leaders and industry innovators to unpack what a climate emergency response could look like at local, national, and global levels.



Four strategic priorities will steer the Summit Program, presenting a focused conference program of plenary and breakout sessions.

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The Summit Program aims to attract a wide range of participants to help define and align key strategy and action that supports an emergency-scale transition.