Centre research profile
Research continues to remain a primary focus of the Centre. CEL includes a cluster of academic staff with aligned research interests, providing an opportunity for interdisciplinary and collaborative research output in terms of both individual and joint publications and competitive grant applications. In addition to excellence in teaching, at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, our research positions CEL at the forefront of international and environmental law centres.
CEL's research and teaching is enhanced by its members enjoying a wide range of legal practice and judicial experience. Centre members are active in a wide range of national, international, industry, government and community organisations. Centre members are also involved in professional as well as academic collaborations.
Our research approach
The research goals of the Centre are oriented around 3 interconnected clusters:
Cluster 1: Sustainable development and trade
The Centre is an acclaimed leader in the dynamic fields of international trade and sustainable economic policy development. The trade-environment nexus is a central tenant of strategic research and development, particularly in building sustainable dialogue and international capacity building initiatives, particularly in the Asia-Pacific Region.
Cluster 2: Environmental planning, local government and adaptation
The Centre membership reflects its dedication to the important role of local government and localism as part of environmental law and policy. Management of environmental impacts must take into account local conditions and vulnerability. Effective implementation of environmental law and policy therefore depends heavily upon the contribution and capacity of local government.
Cluster 3: Human rights, health and environment
The focus of this cluster is on the intersection of human rights issues with environmental law and public health policy. The right to a healthy environment and the right to health are inextricably linked. Current work within the Centre examines the differing environmental responsibilities of developed and developing countries; the impact of gender on the realisation of land rights; collective indigenous rights and the environment. This cluster explores the means to achieving social and environmental justice through integrated decision-making and innovative research in the nexus between human rights, environment and health.