• Director, Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative

Academic Profile

Ellie is Executive Director of the Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative (CCLI), where she leads a radical collaboration between partner organisations across the globe, including Oxford University, environmental law charity ClientEarth and commercial law firm MinterEllison. Since its launch by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales in 2015, the CCLI has been at the forefront of legal research and stakeholder engagement on the intersection of climate and biodiversity risk and companies and securities laws.

As an Australian-qualified lawyer, Ellie is a Senior Associate at MinterEllison, the largest commercial law firm in Asia Pacific, where she advises government entities and corporations across a diverse range of sectors on climate change liability risk management and disclosure.

Ellie is on the Steering Committee of The Chancery Lane Project, a global initiative to re-wire contracts and laws for climate action, and on the Technical Working Group for the Climate Disclosure Standards Board. She assisted the World Economic Forum with its effective climate governance initiative, authoring the legal chapter of the white paper that was launched at Davos in January 2019. Other recent publications include a chapter in Sustainability and Financial Markets published by the Dutch Central Bank and the Rabound University OO&R Business and Law Research Centre, and a chapter in the second edition of the Wiley Handbook on Board Governance. Ellie was Editor of volume 36 of the Monash University Law Review, which included a special issue on climate change. With degrees in law, finance and philosophy from Oxford University, Monash University and the Australian National University, Ellie brings an inter-disciplinary skill-set to complex challenges.