2020 SLJ Research Seminar Series

You are warmly invited to the next seminar for 2020 in the SLJ Research Seminar Series on Thursday 2 July 2020 at 2.00pm. This will be an online seminar only hosted by the Zoom platform. The presenter is SLJ Associate Professor, Dr Nicole Rogers.

A recording from this seminar is available at:

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Climate Activism and the Extraordinary Emergency Defence

Climate activists have attempted to raise the defence of necessity or its statutory equivalent in their trials for over a decade. In Queensland, the codified defence is triggered by a sudden or extraordinary emergency. The first attempt by a climate activist to invoke this extraordinary emergency defence in Queensland occurred in May 2019, following a deluge of official declarations of climate emergency by governments at all levels and by institutions. Although the attempt failed, two climate activists again raised the defence at their trial in March this year. In this paper, I explore the parameters of the defence, the political context in which it is invoked, and the vexed question of what constitutes reasonable conduct on the part of individuals in the absence of an effective, concerted, global response to the climate emergency.

Our presenter, Dr Nicole Rogers is an Associate Professor in the School of Law and Justice, Southern Cross University, and a founding member of the School. She researches and publishes in the areas of wild law, law as performance, and interdisciplinary climate studies encompassing climate litigation, climate fiction and climate activism. She instigated the Wild Law Judgment project in 2014 and is co-editor of Law as if Earth Really Mattered: the Wild Law Judgment Project (Routledge, 2017). Her recent book, Law, Fiction and Activism in a Time of Climate Change (Routledge, 2019), was shortlisted for the 2020 Hart-SLSA book prize. Nicole’s research into the use of the extraordinary emergency defence by climate activists was applied in trials in 2019 and 2020, and has received considerable media coverage, including on the ABC, in The Conversation, and on the Al-Jazeera website.