David Morris

David is responsible for the delivery of EDO NSW’s public interest environmental legal services. David joined EDO NSW in October 2017 after four years practising public interestenvironmental law in the Northern Territory as Principal Lawyer and Executive Officer of EDONT.

At EDONT David had a broad environmental law practice which particularly focused on legal issues related to mining, gas, water and cultural heritage. David regularly actedfor NGOs, community groups and Aboriginal traditional owners. Under David’s leadership EDONT clients achieved successful litigation outcomes in the Federal Court of Australia, Supreme Court of the Northern Territory and the Northern Territory Civil and AdministrativeTribunal. At EDONT David played a leadership role in policy and law reform advocacy and taught various environment and planning law subjects at Charles Darwin University.

Prior to working in public interest environmental law at EDONT, David practised in various environmental law roles in private practice and with government in Victoria. Davidwas a lawyer in the Maddocks Planning and Environment Team and a prosecutor with the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment. David has regularly appeared in courts and tribunals.

He has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from Monash University


PANEL: A Just World

WORKSHOP: The Mouse that Roared – Gloucester on the world climate stage!

David Morris and Julie Lyford

Why is the Gloucester and NSW Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) success story on climate litigation now popping up in media outlets around the world?  How did we, a small rural town in the beautiful Gloucester and Manning Catchment areas, work with so many incredible groups and people to protect our land, water and future? Come and join us for a speed-dating history of the Gloucester community’s fight against coal mines and coal seam gas fields!

We are being called “The mouse that roared” – behind every roar is the strategy, support and guidance every community needs for success. With the incredible lawyers from NSW EDO, our communities can stand up and fight in the courts – and win!

Take heart, things are changing. 

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