Dr. Michelle Maloney

Dr Michelle Maloney (BA/LLB(Hons) Australian National University, PhD Griffith University) is a lawyer and Co-Founder/National Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance, or AELA ( 

AELA’s mission is to increase the understanding and practical implementation of Earth jurisprudence and ecological law in Australia.  Michelle has 25 years’ experience managing climate change, sustainability and ecological justice projects in Australia, the UK and the USA. This includes more than ten years working with First Nations People in Australia, on community development and sustainability projects. Michelle has co-edited two books, including ‘Law as if Earth Really Mattered” (Routledge, May 2017), teaches Earth jurisprudence at the Griffith University Law School in Brisbane, Australia and manages a range of innovative projects for AELA including the Peoples Tribunal for the Rights of Nature Australia, the Australian Centre for the Rights of Nature and the New Economy Network Australia.  

Michelle is Chairperson of the Environmental Defenders Office Queensland (EDO Qld), a member of the UN Harmony with Nature Initiative, a member of the IUCN World commission on Environmental Law, is on the Executive Committee of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and is on the International Coordinating Team for the Gaia Foundation’s “Yes to Life, No to Mining” international network.  For further details about her projects, teaching and publications, please visit her profile page: 

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Dr Michelle Maloney

National Convenor, Australian Earth Laws Alliance

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Phone: +617 419 497 596   

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