David Ritter

David Ritter - Chief Executive Officer of Greenpeace Australia Pacific

David Ritter is a commentator and campaigner currently living in Sydney.

David is the Chief Executive Officer of Greenpeace Australia Pacific and a Visiting Fellow to the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Australia. Previously David was one of Australia's leading Indigenous land rights lawyers.

He is the author of numerous essays, articles and reviews in law, history, politics and current affairs. His books include The Native Title Market (UWA Press) and Contesting Native Title (Allen & Unwin).

More about David can be found on his website and you can follow David on twitter here.

This column represents David's personal views, which are not necessarily shared by any of the organizations with which he is associated.

Post Archive

21 September 2017
David Ritter explores the persistence of threats to the Great Barrier Reef. The deterioration of the world’s ecology is an existential challenge to global governance. While…
14 March 2016
With a growing number of global problems demanding our attention, David Ritter offers seven reasons why environmentalists care about refugees. Across the world, around sixty…
25 June 2014
When it comes to global climate change, Australia is looking more and more like an exemplar of the free rider. Commonly known in economic and political theory, a free rider is one…
19 February 2013
David Ritter explores the confluence local circumstances and global dynamics animating Queensland’s politics, and the likely implications for good governance, the Great…
30 May 2012
The question of what constitutes ‘responsible business’ is a source of political, academic and policy debate - and a regular subject of this blog.  Earlier this…
16 May 2012
In a recent blog entitled ‘A Global Effort Is Building to Save Our Oceans’, Rachel Kyte, the Vice President, Sustainable Development at the World Bank wrote: “…
01 March 2012
Back in May 2009, HRH Prince Charles acting in his capacity as a normative leader on environmental issues hosted a meeting of world leaders in St James’s Palace in London.…
27 January 2012
It should never be assumed that representatives of nation states within international institutions can somehow escape the gravity of domestic concerns.  In the context of the…
18 January 2012
For anyone concerned about unfairness and inequity in the global economic system, Nicholas Shaxson’s 2011 book Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men who Stole the World,…
28 November 2011
Purple haze all in my brainLately things just don't seem the sameActin' funny, but I don't know whyExcuse me while I kiss the skyHow do centre left governments achieve…
03 November 2011
When I was a child I spake as a childI understood as a child, I thought as a childbut when I became a man I put away childish things - First Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians…