Cristy Clark

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Dr Cristy Clark is an Associate Professor at the University of Canberra Law School. Her research focuses on the intersection of human rights and the environment, including issues of legal geography, Indigenous rights, and the commons. She has been published in leading academic journals, books, and popular media. Her co-authored book, ‘The Lawful Forest: A Critical History of Property, Protest and Spatial Justice’, is published by Edinburgh University Press.

Cristy completed a BA/LLB(Hons) at ANU, a master’s degree in international social development at UNSW, and PhD with the Australian Human Rights Centre at UNSW. Her thesis focused on the realisation of the human right to water in the context of neoliberal water governance reforms in the global south.

Cristy is an Affiliate member of the Centre for Environmental Governance, Reviews Editor of the Australian Journal of Human Rights, Co-convenor of the Climate Equality Working Group at the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law, and a member of the Australian Discrimination Law Experts Group.

In her work, Cristy draws on her professional experience as an environment and planning law solicitor, and human rights expert with the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights and the ACT government.

Cristy is currently working on a book focused on legal geography and water governance, and two climate justice projects. She welcomes PhD students, particularly those whose research considers human rights and environmental justice.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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