David Hodgkinson

David is Special Counsel at Clayton Utz, a national Australian law firm, and a member of The Hodgkinson Group. He is also Executive Director of EcoCarbon, a non-profit industry partnership which builds capacity in emissions trading and other market-based mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and an Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia Law School. David was formerly Director of Legal Services at IATA, the organisation of the world’s airlines, in Montreal.

He is the co-author of the book Global Climate Change: Australian Law and Policy (LexisNexis/Butterworths, 2008) and general editor of the online service Climate Change Law and Policy in Australia (LexisNexis, 2009). With US law firm Condon and Forsyth LLP he is the editor of the quarterly newsletter Aviation and Climate Change.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with First Class Honours, a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Master of Philosophy degree. He was a postgraduate fellow at Columbia University in New York and is the recipient of an Evans Grawemeyer Fellowship awarded by the Australian Government for research and activities aimed at improving the global order.

Tess Burton

Tess has a background as a human rights lawyer, specialising in native title, and with expertise in migration law.

She held a position as legal adviser at the Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation, the native title representative body for the Pilbara and Murchison Gascoygne regions of Western Australia. Her role involved providing advice and assistance to the staff and clients of the Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation on a range of legal, policy and strategic matters. Tess has taught university courses on native title law, and provides case-notes and commentary for the LexisNexis Native Title Service.

Tess is currently employed as a researcher for a parliamentary inquiry into the renewable energy industry in Victoria, Australia. She is a contributor to Climate Change Law and Policy in Australia (LexisNexis/Butterworths, 2009), authoring a section on native title and climate change and co-authoring a section on climate change law and policy in Victoria. Tess holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Laws with Distinction from the University of Western Australia.

Alex Coram

Alex is a Winthrop Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Western Australia. The focus of Alex’s current research is on strategic choice (game) theory, optimization theory and formal modelling with particular reference to migration and problems of conflict over resources and resource sharing. Most recently he has concentrated on the problem of analysing large dynamic systems. He also works on problems involving differential games and climate change.

Alex has also held the following appointments:

Additionally, he advises organisations, consultancies, governments and government agencies.

Alex is the author of the book State Anarchy and Collective Decisions: Some Applications of Game Theory to Political Economy, Palgrave (Macmillan), 2001. He has published over 30 papers in international journals and a number of research papers for governments and government agencies.

Simon Dawkins

Simon is the General Manager of the Oil Mallee Association of Australia which has been in the forefront of developing carbon sequestration methodologies and bioenergy programs based on integrated agroforestry programs in the low rainfall areas of Western Australia (WA).

Simon is an Economist with an extensive career in public sector management and strategic policy in the Commonwealth, Australian Capital Territory and WA Governments. His recent policy experience includes positions as Director of both the Social and Economic Policy Units in the WA Department of the Premier and Cabinet. During this time the work undertaken in that Department included climate change, sustainability, heritage and local government policies.

As the WA representative on Commonwealth / State committees on emissions trading and climate change, Simon was involved in negotiating an approach to national policy in these areas. He also played an active role in the development of the legislative framework for the development of carbon sinks in WA and has attended 3 UNFCCC climate change conferences including as part of the Australian delegation. Simon has a degree in Economics from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Philosophy degree from City University, London.

Lucy Young

Lucy is a graduate student at Kings College, London. She was previously a solicitor with Legal Aid WA, a lawyer with a commercial law firm and an electorate officer for a member of the WA parliament. Lucy has also undertaken work for community legal centres, including legal centres for refugees and asylum seekers. Lucy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Australia. She has also studied at the University of British Columbia.