The EJS Advisory Committee will help Australians voice their concerns and pursue justice if their life or the livelihood of their community is being negatively impacted by the actions of a company.
We are a group of environmentally conscious lawyers, doctors, scientists and campaigners who want to empower individuals and communities with the knowledge and resources to rally support and take action to bring negligent companies to account.
The catastrophic harm that corporate pollution is having on people and their communities is on the rise. Many Australians may feel powerless to stand up to big business. The tools available to you at the EJS Knowledge Centre on this website have been developed so that you will have at your fingertips the know-how to bring attention to and further your environmental cause.
Environmental Crusader – Erin Brockovich
Erin Brockovich is the official patron of the Environmental Justice Society. The EJS is honoured to be associated with Erin and her courageous work as an environmental crusader, advocate for the people and champion of truth.
Rebecca Jancauskas is the Executive Secretary of the Environmental Justice Society. As head of national law firm Shine Lawyers’ Environmental Claims Division, Rebecca has worked closely with environmental crusader Erin Brockovich over the last three years providing pro bono legal advice and assistance to hundreds of individuals and community groups who contacted Erin regarding issues of environmental concern. She is passionate about standing up for the rights of everyday Australians whose wellbeing and environment has suffered at the hands of commercial interests. Rebecca is currently involved in several high profile legal battles involving litigation brought on behalf of individuals whose health has been impacted by industry or chemical contamination.
Professor Matti Lang
As Director of Entox, Matti Lang’s role is to lead and develop a research organisation which has a central role in the field of environmental toxicology and human health risk assessment. Professor Lang has the following special assignments: Member of University of Queensland’s Academic Board; Special Advisor to the National Poisons and Drugs Schedule Committee, Canberra; Member of Expert Review Committee on non-communicable disease cluster assessment for Queensland Health; Reviewer of Prof. Candidature at RMIT, Melbourne; and Special Advisor to Queensland Health on issues related to environmental toxicology and human health.
Principal Solicitor, Environmental Defenders Office
Throughout her years as Principal Solicitor at the EDO Qld, Jo has provided invaluable legal advice to members of the public and community and environment groups, and has made critical contributions to reforming Queensland’s environmental laws, particularly in successful advocacy for expanded third party enforcement rights. In recent years Jo has worked on a number of successful test cases concerning the Cth EPBC Act, including the Nathan Dam case.
Doctor David King
Executive Member, Doctors for the Environment
Academic General Practitioner David King is an academic general practitioner with a long-standing interest in a broad range of environmental concerns. He has served on the national executive of Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) since 2003. The series of health and environment posters produced by DEA were largely conceived and developed by David. He is a firm believer in the need to prioritize health and environmental impacts of how we live and work in place of narrow economic considerations.
Doctor Mariann Lloyd-Smith
Senior Advisor, National Toxics Network Inc
Mariann is the Senior Advisor to the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN), a public interest NGO representing over 800 organisations in over 100 countries. For the last 6 years Mariann has served as the CoChair of IPEN stepping down in September 2011. Mariann gained her PhD from the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology (UTS), Sydney and has worked in the area of chemicals policy and waste management for over two decades.
The EJS secretariat are here to help you with progressing your environmental cause.
Law Clerk, Shine Lawyers
Adam Tighe is a law clerk in Shine Lawyers’ Environmental Claims team. Adam is in his final semester of a Bachelor of Laws through the Queensland University of Technology and will be admitted as a solicitor late next year (2012). Adam, in the year that he has been at Shine Lawyers, has had involvement with several high profile environmental cases. Adam shows in his work that he is passionate about the environment and for standing up for the little guy.
Senior Paralegal, Shine Lawyers
Alana is a senior paralegal in Shine Lawyers’ Environmental Claims team.
In her five years with the department Alana has worked on large scale environmental projects including litigation on behalf of residents of the Ipswich suburb of Collingwood Park whose homes were damaged by mine subsidence.
Senior Paralegal, Shine Lawyers
Clare is a senior paralegal in Shine Lawyers’ Environmental Claims team. In her time with Shine, Clare has been instrumental in advancing complex litigation on behalf of individuals whose property, animals and business interests have been impacted by irresponsible practices, including the case which is currently open on behalf of Sunshine Coast fish farmer Gwen Gilson against her neighbouring macadamia farm.
Research Clerk, Shine Lawyers
Samantha Stitt is a research clerk in Shine Lawyers’ Environmental Claims team. Samantha is currently undertaking studies in a dual degree in Justice and Law through Queensland University of Technology. As a research clerk Samantha has been instrumental to the investigation of each enquiry received through the Environmental Justice Society and is responsible for providing a constant flow of commentary on the EJS website which addresses the current environmental issues facing every Australian.