David is Special Counsel with Clayton Utz, a national Australian law firm; an associate professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Australia; and a principal of HodgkinsonJohnston Pty Ltd. His areas of practice are aviation and climate change.
David was formerly Director of Legal Services at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the organisation of the world’s airlines, in Montreal and Geneva, where he edited the book Essential Documents on Air Carrier Liability.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (First Class Honours), a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Master of Philosophy degree, and was a postgraduate fellow at Columbia University in New York City. He was also Senior Legal Research Officer at the High Court of Australia where he worked mostly for Justice Sir William Deane.
David is the co-author of the book Global Climate Change: Australian Law and Policy (2008), the standard Australian text on climate change law. He has also written numerous refereed journal articles, book chapters, monographs and opinion pieces on climate change law and policy, and spoken at (and convened) conferences on climate change around the world.
He was the principal draftsperson of the Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement, and the general editor of the loose-leaf service Australian Climate Change Law and Policy.
Rebecca is a director of HodgkinsonJohnston Pty Ltd. Aviation and Climate Change Advisors and a corporate advisory lawyer at Clayton Utz, a national Australian law firm.
She is also an Adjunct Lecturer in Aviation Law at the University of Notre Dame Australia and is the author of a number of papers and articles on aviation and climate change.
Rebecca completed Law (Honours) /Arts (Politics & International Relations) degrees at the University of Notre Dame Australia. She also studied in Washington DC while undertaking a congressional internship on Capitol Hill.
Rebecca is an editor of Aviation and Climate Change Law & Policy, produced in conjunction with US law firm Condon & Forsyth, and the Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand's Aviation Briefs.
Rebecca was the recipient of a Young Citizen of the Year Award in 2015.
Simon is the Managing Director of The Oil Mallee Company of Australia Ltd which has been in the forefront of developing carbon sequestration methodologies and bioenergy programs based on integrated agroforestry programs in the low rainfall areas of WA.
Simon is an Economist with an extensive career in public sector management and strategic policy in the Commonwealth, ACT and WA Governments. His recent policy experience includes being Director of both the Social and Economic Policy Units in the WA Department of the Premier and Cabinet and extensive work in that Department on climate change and sustainability issues, including work with intergovernmental committees and expert panels.
As the WA representative on a national expert committee, Simon was involved in developing a number of discussion papers on emissions trading. He also played an active role in the development of the legislative framework for the development of carbon sinks in WA and later attended UNFCCC Conference (COP 8) as part of the Australian delegation.
Simon has a degree in Economics from UWA, a Graduate Diploma in Education from CCAE (now Canberra University) and a Master of Philosophy from City University in London and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.