Facilitated By Michelle Maloney
5 Hours Profession Development Credit for Faculty
The precautionary principle is a moral and
political principle which states that if an action or policy might
cause severe or irreversible harm to the public or to the
environment, in the absence of a scientific consensus that harm
would not ensue, the burden of proof falls on those who would
advocate taking the action. Topics for discussion will include
scientific and legal uncertainty, and case studies from the fields
of environmental law and social justice. Participants will be asked
to engage in discussions about the practical implications and
application of the precautionary principle in their own practice and
decision making frameworks and create a lesson or action
incorporating the Precautionary Principle into their specific
disciplines or department – due to director of the Earth Ethics
Institute within 3 weeks of the Academy.
As a result of
successfully completing this workshop, participants will be able to:
the Precautionary Principle.
the significance of the Precautionary Principle within a larger
context of ethics.
one way in which the Precautionary Principle can be applied to
decision-making in our community.
a lesson or module exploring the precautionary principle
will include completion of workshop and participant must develop a
discipline specific lesson plan or course module that incorporates
key concepts of sustainability and/or the precautionary principle.
Lesson plan is due to the director of Earth Ethics Institute within
three weeks of the workshop, and will be posted on the Earth Ethics
environmental lawyer and activist, and is Co-Founder and National
Convener of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance. Michelle is the
current AELA representative on the Executive Committee of the Global
Alliance for the Rights of Nature and is the Chairperson of the
Queensland Environmental Defender’s Office. She is currently
completing her PhD at the Griffith University’s Socio-Legal Research
Centre and her research interests include the role of law in
reducing consumption of natural resources, Earth Jurisprudence and
the nexus between sustainability and social justice. Michelle lives
in Brisbane, (Queensland) with her husband and daughter..