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Brendan Sydes


Brendan Sydes has been a lawyer for 18 years after graduating from the University of Melbourne in 1995 with degrees in Law and Science. Brendan is CEO of Environmental Justice Australia, a non-profit legal practice dedicated to environmental protection. He led its predecessor, the Environment Defenders Office (Victoria), from 2005.

Throughout his legal career Brendan has been involved in a range of organisations dedicated to social and environmental justice, including Darebin Community Legal Centre, the Tenants Union, Marrickville Community Legal Centre, and the Federation of Victorian Community Legal Centres. He also lectures in environmental law at a number of universities.

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