ADJUNCT PROFESSOR ROB FOWLER (CONVENER)
Appointed as Adjunct Professor in the Law School, University of South Australia in August 2008; held Chair in Environmental Law at UniSA from 2002 until retirement in 2008; previously was an Associate Professor, Law School, University of Adelaide (and Dean of Law, 1995-1998). Co-founder of the Australian Centre for Environmental Law in 1992, and Director of its Adelaide Branch, 1992-1995 and 1999-2001. Prior to his retirement in 2008, his position at the University of South Australia (UniSA) involved serving as a Program Leader in the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment & Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE). He has served on numerous state and federal bodies in Australia that are concerned with environmental and natural resources issues, and consults regularly to government agencies on environmental law matters. He has over 100 publications in the fields of environmental and natural resources law. In addition to continuing to teach environmental law in his new capacity as an Adjunct Professor, he also serves in a voluntary role as Chair of the South Australian Defenders' Office; as a Councillor and Board member of the Australian Conservation Foundation; and as the elected Chair of the International Union for the Conservation ofNature (IUCN) Academy of Environmental Law. He is also a member of the IUCN Environmental Law Commission (since 1996) and serves on two of its specialist groups concerned with soils and forests. In November 2010, he was elected as President of the SA Conservation Council, the peak organisation in South Australia on environmental matters.
EMERITUS PROFESSOR BEN BOER
Ben was appointed as Distinguished Professor at Wuhan University Law School in its Research Institute of Environmental Law. He now teaches there for around three months a year. He was appointed as Emeritus Professor in the University of Sydney in late 2008. Between 2006 and 2008, he was the international Co-Director of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law and Visiting Professor based at the University of Ottawa. He was appointed as Deputy Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law in 2012, a position he will hold until 2016. Ben’s latest publications include The Mekong: Socio-Legal Approach to River Basin Development (Routledge, 2015 with Hirsch, Johns, Saul and Scurrah) and Boer (ed) Environmental Law Dimensions of Human Rights (Oxford 2015). His other published work can be found on Google Scholar.
EMERITUS PROFESSOR DAVID FARRIER
David Farrier is Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia. In 2002, he was made a lifetime Honorary Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia for his work on the Environmental Law Handbook: Planning and Land Use in New South Wales, now in its 5th edition. He is a member of IUCN, WCEL and WCPA. He is an environmental/natural resources lawyer with particular expertise in policy instruments for private land management. His particular passion lies in fostering collaborations between lawyers and ecologists to develop appropriate policy responses in relation to nature conservation. He has received prestigious grants from the Australian Research Council to carry out research on the implementation of international nature conservation law in Australia and on intersections between science and law in the context of threatened species legislation (the latter in collaboration with a senior ecologist). His most recent work has been for the IUCN Environmental Law Centre on connectivity conservation. He is co-author of Legal Aspects of Conservation for Connectivity – A Concept Paper (IUCN 2013), primarily responsible for sections on governance, planning, development control, market mechanisms and conservation agreements, as well as co-authoring a detailed case study of legal aspects of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative in Australia.
PROFESSOR LEE GODDEN
Professor Godden researches and teaches within the Melbourne Law School and was appointed to the ALRC as a Part-time Commissioner in July 2013, in charge of the Inquiry into the Native Title Act 1993. She was Director of the Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law from 2008 until 2013. Preceding that she held a joint appointment as Director, Office for Environmental Programs. Professor Godden’s research interests include environmental law, natural resources management, property law and indigenous peoples’ land rights. The impact of her work extends beyond Australia with comparative research on environmental law and sustainability, property law and resource trading regimes, water law resources and Indigenous land rights issues, in countries as diverse as Canada, New Zealand, UK, South Africa, and the Pacific.
PROFESSOR NEIL GUNNINGHAM
Neil Gunningham is a social scientist working principally in the areas of environmental law, regulation and governance. He is a Professor in the Regulatory Institutions Network at the ANU and is co-director of the Climate and Environmental Governance Network. His books include Shades of Green: Business, Regulation and Environment, Leaders and Laggards, Next Generation Environmental Regulation and Smart Regulation. He has also been a consultant to the OECD, the United Nations Environment Program and to numerous Commonwealth and state environmental agencies.
DR. CAMERON HOLLEY
Dr Cameron Holley is a Senior Research Fellow, UNSW Law and member of the Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre and the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training. An empirical researcher, Cameron has worked closely with domestic and international government and non-government organisations in the areas of environmental law, natural resources law and water law, with a focus on regulation and governance. He is the co-author of The New Environmental Governance (2011). In 2014, he was awarded the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy of Environmental Law Junior Scholarship Award for his contribution to environmental law scholarship.
DR. HANNA JAIRETH
Dr Hanna Jaireth has a longstanding interest in the law and politics of sustainable development with publications mainly in the areas of biodiversity conservation, human rights and the environment, and ecological security. Hanna is a Director of the National Environment Law Association (NELA). In 2012–14 she chaired the Management Committee of the Environmental Defender’s Office (ACT), which is part of the Australian Network of Environmental Defenders’ Offices (ANEDO). Hanna has been a volunteer member of several IUCN Commissions since 1996, is the focal point for Oceania for the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, and in 2012–13 was a member of the Australian Committee of the IUCN. She was appointed to the ACT Heritage Council in 2014 as a member with expertise in nature conservation. She is employed by the Law Council of Australia to provide secretariat support to the Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section and the Legal Practice Section. Previously she has worked as a journalist, law academic, lawyer, public servant and communications officer in a range of private and public sector positions. She graduated with BA/LLB (Hons) and postgraduate international relations degrees. Her PhD analysed the global governance of plant genetic resources through security, sustainability and human rights discourses. In 2014 Hanna became a nationally accredited mediator.
DR BRUCE LINDSAY
Dr Bruce Lindsay works as a law reform and project officer at Environmental Justice Australia, a public interest community legal centre specialising in environmental and planning law. For EJA he has written on biodiversity law, water law, access to justice issues, and planning law. He has previously work for Trust for Nature, undertaking leading research on law in private land conservation and environmental markets. He has a PhD in law from the Australian National University and a Masters of Environmental Science from Monash University. In addition to work on environmental law, has written and published widely on law and policy in education, administrative law, and has interests in socio-legal studies and legal and political theory. He has had a long association with local environmental groups and issues in Geelong, Victoria, where he lives with his two sons.
PROFESSOR JAN MCDONALD
Jan McDonald is New Star Professor of Environmental Law and Associate Dean (Research) at University of Tasmania’s Faculty of Law. She has taught, researched and published widely across a range of environmental law issues. Before coming to Tasmania in 2010, Jan was Director of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program and Professor of Environmental Law and Policy in the Griffith School of Environment. In 2008, she established the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, a Commonwealth-funded interdisciplinary centre, and in 2009 led the CSIRO Collaboration Fund Cluster Project, the South East Queensland Adaptation Research Initiative. Jan is on the Executive of the National Environmental Law Association and has served as a member of the Tasmanian Climate Action Council. She was a Contributing Author to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report.
DR. CHRIS MCGRATH
Dr Chris McGrath is senior lecturer in environmental regulation at The University of Queensland and a barrister practising in environmental law. He holds a BSc (ecology), LLB(Hons), LLM(Environmental Law) and PhD. He is a contributing editor to the Environmental and Planning Law Journal for federal affairs. His practice as a barrister over the past 15 years has involved principally land-use planning, wildlife protection, and mining disputes, including regarding the effects of climate change. He is the author of Does Environmental Law Work? and publishes a website on environmental litigation.
PROFESSOR ZEN MAKUCH
Zen Makuch is recognised by key institutions in Europe as, perhaps, the leading international researcher in the specialist fields of implementation of domestic, European and international environmental law, energy and other natural resource law. He has particular research experience extending back to 1989 during which time he has conducted research and, related to this activity, he has litigated, drafted, implemented and supported the enforcement of environment, energy and natural resource regulations in several countries. Provision of research advisory services to parliamentarians (including ministers), select parliamentary committees, political parties and environment and human health, energy and natural resource management stakeholders are part of his daily academic working life. The drafting of environmental regulations, related institutional, implementation and compliance matters form part of his technical expertise and research experience.
PROFESSOR PAUL MARTIN
Prof. Paul Martin is the Director of the Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law in the School of Law at the University of New England. The Aglaw Centre researches rural governance, particularly of natural resources and the interests of rural (mainly indigenous) people. At the end of 2014 the Centre had three full time scholars, five postdoctoral researchers, and 12 doctoral candidates, with funded research exceeding $A6 million under its management. The Centre uses unique multidisciplinary methods to understand the 'real world' dynamics of governance systems. The issues researched are as diverse as biodiversity protection, invasive species, and economic opportunities for indigenous people. Among many research issues we have addressed are environmental financing and tax reform, transboundary agreements for biodiversity protection in Central Asia, soils governance in China and Mongolia, water governance in Australia, and reforms to regulatory ‘architecture’ and process. Team members have worked on issues in Australia, the United States, Bangladesh, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Mongolia, China and other jurisdictions. We have a diverse adjunct team, and excellent collaborators in many countries. In leading the Centre over the 10 years since it commenced operation, Paul has drawn on his prior career as a corporate lawyer, corporate advisor, venture capitalist and chairman of public and private companies; as well as his leadership of environmental organisations and public policy research. Paul has more than 100 scholarly publications and holds a number of scholarly positions. Recently his roles have included conducting seminars in China, Brazil and the United Kingdom on methodologies for non-doctrinal environmental law research, academic leadership of a joint IUCN World Commission of Environmental Law and Environmental Law Centre project on evaluation of environmental law, and joint Chairmanship of the WCEL Specialist Group on Sustainable Soils and Agricultural Systems.
PROFESSOR JACQUELINE PEEL
Professor Jacqueline Peel of the Melbourne Law School, Australia holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws (Hon I)from the University of Queensland, a Master of Laws from New York University where she was a Fulbright Scholar, and a PhD in law from the University of Melbourne. Professor Peel’s teaching and research interests lie in the areas of environmental law (domestic and international), risk regulation and the role of science, and climate change law. She has published numerous articles and several books on these topics, including the 3rd edition of Principles of International Environmental Law (with P. Sands); Australian Climate Law in Global Context (with A. Zahar and L. Godden); Environmental Law: Scientific, Policy and Regulatory Dimensions (with L. Godden); Science and Risk Regulation in International Law and The Precautionary Principle in Practice. Professor Peel was an expert member of the International Law Association’s Committee on the Legal Principles relating to Climate Change, acting as Rapporteur of that Committee during the latter half of 2012. She has also been the recipient of several awards and fellowships including a Hauser Research Scholarship and Emile Noel Fellowship at NYU; a Research Associateship from the United States Studies Centre; and two Australian Research Council grants on climate change law-related topics. During 2014, Professor Peel is a Visiting Scholar at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University where she is working on a book (with Hari Osofsky) on climate change litigation, Regulatory Pathways to Cleaner Energy? and various research projects on climate governance including a Stanford/Melbourne workshop held in September 2014 on The Future of Water Governance in a World of Climate Change.
PROFESSOR ROBERT PERCIVAL
Robert Percival is internationally recognised as a leading scholar and teacher in environmental law. For more than two decades he has been the principal author of the country's most widely used casebook in environmental law, Environmental Regulation: Law, Science & Policy, now in its seventh edition. He is the author of more than 100 publications that focus on environmental law, federalism, presidential powers, regulatory policy and legal history. Percival has taught as a visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School in 2000 and 2009 and at Georgetown University Law Center in 2005 and 2011. He received the University System of Maryland Board of Regents’, ‘Faculty Award for Collaborative Teaching’ in 2005 and in 2007 he was named the University's 'Teacher of the Year.’ In 2014 Percival received the ‘Senior Distinguished Education Award’ from the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law in recognition of his outstanding teaching and contributions to the field of environmental law . He currently teaches Environmental Law, a Global Environmental Law Seminar, Constitutional Law, and Administrative Law. Professor Percival has served on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute and as co-chair of the steering committee of the D.C. Bar's Section on Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Law. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute, the American College of Environmental Lawyers, and the National Committee on U.S./China Relations. Percival has served as the contributing editor for Environment and Natural Resources for the Federal Circuit Bar Journal, as a special master for the U.S. District Court of Maryland, and as a member of the state of Maryland's Environmental Restoration and Development Task Force.
PROFESSOR BENJAMIN RICHARDSON
Professor Richardson is a scholar of environmental law who holds a joint professorial appointment with the UTAS Faculty of Law and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. After completing his studies at Macquarie University and the Australian National University, he worked abroad for over 18 years in law faculties in New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom. Most recently, he was at the University of British Columbia where he held the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Law and Sustainability and was Director of the Centre for Law and the Environment. Earlier, he was a Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, and before then a Senior Lecturer at the law faculties of the University of Manchester and the University of Auckland. Prior to working in academia, Professor Richardson had stints in policy and consultancy roles for the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service in Sydney and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Kathmandu and Nairobi. Professor Richardson’s teaching and scholarship is diverse, including climate change law, socially responsible investment, corporate social responsibility, and Aboriginal legal issues. Global recognition of Professor Richardson’s work includes earning the Research Excellence Prize of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment Academic Network (in 2010) and the Senior Scholar Prize of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law (in 2012). His teaching has been recognised, as co-recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Program Award in international Education from the Canadian Bureau of International Education.
Nicola Rivers is Director of Advocacy and Research at Environmental Justice Australia (formerly Environment Defenders Office Victoria) a not for profit public interest legal practice specialising in environmental law. She has previously worked as a lawyer and policy officer with the federal government and the Western Australian Government advising on international marine policy, climate change, water and criminal law. She also spent two years working as the remote rural and regional solicitor at the EDO in Western Australia. Nicola is currently completing a Master of Environment and is the co-founder of The Riparian Project, a public art initiative that raises concern about river health.
Rachel Walmsley is the Policy and Law Reform Director at the EDO NSW. She has written extensive law reform submissions and discussion papers across a range of environmental issues, including responding to significant reforms that are proposed for planning and environmental laws in NSW and nationally. Rachel is a practising solicitor with a Masters in Environmental Science and Law from University of Sydney; a Bachelor of Laws with Honours in international biodiversity law; and a Bachelor of Arts from ANU. Rachel is Consulting Editor of the Australian Environment Review, and has lectured on environmental law at UNSW. Rachel is also a Legal Advisor to the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists. She is on the Executive of the Australian Committee of the IUCN and is a member of the IUCN – Commission on Environmental Law. Rachel has been a member of a number of government and non-government advisory committees on natural resource and environment issues. Previous work has included advising the peak environment groups of NSW on environmental legislation before the NSW parliament; undertaking research for the Australian Centre for Environmental Law at ANU in Canberra; and conservation field work for a British conservation organisation in Tanzania.
MURRAY WILCOX AO QC
The Honourable Murray R. Wilcox AO, QC is a former Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, serving from May 1984 to October 2006. He has served as a Judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and Supreme Court of Norfolk Island. Graduating from Sydney Law School with a Bachelor of Laws in 1960, Justice Wilcox practiced as a solicitor until being called to the Bar in 1963. In 1977 he was appointed Queen's Counsel. Throughout Justice Wilcox's distinguished career, he has acted as Chief Justice of the Industrial Relations Court of Australia (1994 to 2006) and acting Chairman Australian of the Law Reform Commission (1984 to 1985). He has also served as Commissioner (1976 to 1979 and 1984 to 1989); Foundation President of the Environmental Law Association of New South Wales (1981) and President of the Australian Conservation Foundation (1979 to 1984). In 1993, he published An Australian Charter of Rights? which was launched by the Honourable Michael Kirby AC, CMG. In March 2009, Justice Wilcox was appointed by the Honourable Julia Gillard MP to write the Transition to Fair Work Australia for the Building and Construction Industry Report. He was awarded an Order of Australia in 2010. He was Chair of the Environmental Defender's Office in New South Wales from 2007-2013.