New Zealand Law Society - Climate Change Law Subcommittee

Climate Change Law Subcommittee

Get involved – Become a founding member of the Law Society's Climate Change Law Subcommittee.

Climate change law is fast-developing, and we expect the number of legislative and policy initiatives to continue growing, domestically and internationally.

To support the Law Society’s work in this area of law reform, a subcommittee of the Environmental Law Committee is being established. This subcommittee will monitor and comment on proposals for legislative, regulatory, and other changes to climate change law. 

We are welcoming applications for interested and suitably experienced lawyers who wish to join the subcommittee. There are five positions available (including the role of convenor), and position descriptions are available below. We’d like to hear from lawyers who: 

  • Have expertise and experience in the area of climate change law, ideally 4+ years PQE; 
  • Are willing to volunteer their time and expertise for the benefit of the profession and the wider community; and 
  • Are available to respond to consultation on law reform when required. 

We are committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion, and are keen to ensure our committees represent the make-up of the wider profession and our communities.  

These are voluntary roles that can be carried out from anywhere within Aotearoa New Zealand. Business is conducted primarily by email and online meetings, and while members are expected to contribute regularly, there is some flexibility around which consultation items you work on. 

The Law Society plays an important role in law reform and has a reputation for high quality, impartial, and considered submissions across the full spectrum of legal issues. While the Law Society does advocate in the interests of the rule of law and access to justice, our law reform committees do not have a lobbying or ‘activist’ function. We do this work on behalf of the legal profession and in the public interest. This is an excellent opportunity to join this work. 

Further information on the work of the Law Society’s Law Reform Committees is available here  

To apply 

Position description – Convenor: Specialist subcommittee convenor.pdf 

Position description – Member: Specialist subcommittee member.pdf   

Application form: Law reform committee renewals form 2022.pdf  

To apply, complete an application form, indicating the position you are interested in (convenor or member), and send this to: by 5PM on 24 May 2022. 

The Convenor will be appointed by the Law Society Board at its meeting on 17 June 2022, and members will be appointed by the President in late June. Appointments will be for a term of approximately 12 months to September 2023, at which point the biennial law reform committees’ renewals process will commence. 

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