Cormac Cullinan

Lawyer and award-winning author, expert adviser on Wild Law, South Africa

As an environmental and green business attorney, author, speaker, and climate justice advocate, Cormac has been an influential leader in the Earth Law movement. His book Wild Law: A manifesto for Earth Justice first published in 2002, presents the framework for transforming legal systems to align with the laws of Nature and recognize the Rights of Nature. In 2010, President Evo Morales of Bolivia invited Cormac to be a lead author of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth. Cormac has been a keynote speaker for Rights of Nature events at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change COP17 in Durban, South Africa, the UN Rio+20 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, the WildLaw Conference 2012 in Brisbane, Australia, and the Environmental Law Conference in Oslo, Norway. Cormac also prepared a draft People’s Charter for Africa. He is a director of EnAct International, an honorary research associate of the University of Cape Town, and a member of the IUCN Environmental Law Commission.

Michelle Maloney

National Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance, Australia

Michelle Maloney, environmental lawyer and activist, is the National Convenor and Co-Founder of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA). AELA was created in September 2011 by the Australian Earth Jurisprudence movement and its aim is to promote the understanding and practical implementation of Earth Jurisprudence and Wild Law in Australia. Michelle has 20 years’ experience in environmental law and social justice advocacy, and completed a doctoral thesis in law at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. She contributes to the work of a range of community-based organisations, including the New Economy Network of Australia. Michelle also co-edited the book Wild Law in Practice with Dr Peter Burdon (published Feb 2014). More information about her many activities and a list of her publications can be found here.