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Associate Professor Bridget Lewis
Associate Professor
Faculty of Business & Law,
School of Law
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PhD (Monash University), Masters of International Human Rights Law (University of Nottingham), Bachelor of Laws (University of Queensland), Bachelor of Arts (Ancient History) (University of Queensland)

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human rights, environmental law, environmental rights, international law, climate change, ACHLR

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Associate Professor Bridget Lewis (School of Law, QUT) is an expert in human rights whose work explores the protection of human rights in various contexts.

Bridget is an internationally recognised scholar in the field of environmental human rights, which aims to transform the legal relationship between the environment and human rights. Her work in this area focuses on environmental rights and climate change, with a particular emphasis on protecting the rights of future generations and ensuring intergenerational justice.

Bridget’s first book Environmental Human Rights and Climate Change: Current Status and Future Prospects(2018) presented a multidimensional analysis of the concept of a human right to a healthy environment and what it can contribute to a human rights-based approach to climate change.

Bridget’s research also aims to enhance the human rights of older people, and her second book The Human Rights of Older Persons: A Human Rights-Based Approach to Elder Law (2020, co-authored with Kelly Purser and Kirsty Mackie) used a human rights framework to examine the range of legal issues that comprise the field of elder law.

Bridget’s work has appeared in journals including Transnational Environmental Law, the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, the Asia-Pacific Journal of Environmental Law and the Australian Yearbook of International Law.

Bridget’s current research explores potential legal protections for the environmental rights of future generations, particularly in the context of climate change, including an examination of climate litigation by children and young people.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Bridget Lewis.


Bridget’s teaching has a focus on human rights and social justice, and she is an experienced teacher of public international law. Current units include:

  • LLB104: Contemporary Law and Justice
  • LLB141: Introduction to International Law
  • LLH472: Public International Law

Bridget also contributes to QUT Law School’s mooting program. She is the current coach of QUT’s teams for the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students’ Moot.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Bridget Lewis.


Bridget currently serves on the Academic Advisory Group for the Queensland Human Rights Commission and is a member of the Expert Panel on Human Rights advising the Queensland Parliament.

Bridget is also active in her community, serving on the committees of Birdlife Southern Queensland and Protect the Bush Alliance.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Bridget Lewis.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


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