Graduate elevates young people in the fight for climate justice

28 July 2020
This is a head shot of Briana Collins
Briana Collins

University of Queensland Arts/Law graduate Briana Collins is determined to change the world through her work with the Queensland Environmental Defenders Office (EDO).

Ms Collins and her mentor, the Law School’s Associate Professor Justine Bell-James, have teamed up with the EDO to bring her idea for a novel climate change case to life.

The case is historic: it’s the first time human rights arguments have featured in a climate change case in Australia, and the first time such a case has been led by young people. 

“We have begun proceedings against Clive Palmer’s company Waratah Coal on behalf of Youth Verdict, a group of young people using the law to fight for climate justice,” Ms Collins said.

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