Dr Shawkat Alam

Professor Shawkat Alam

T: (02) 9850 8890

Dr Shawkat Alam  is a Professor and Director of the Centre for Environmental Law at Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University. He has previously been an academic in the Law School at Dhaka University, and also taught at Rajshahi University, Bangladesh. Dr Alam holds an LLB (Honours) from Rajshahi University, an LLM from Dhaka University and a PhD from Macquarie University. Dr Alam's teaching and research expertise are in the areas of international law, international environmental law, international trade and sustainable development. He has published extensively in his areas of expertise. He is the author of the book, Sustainable Development and Free Trade (Routledge, 2008). His recent co-edited books include Routledge Handbook of International Environmental Law, Routledge, London, 2012, Globalisation and the Quest for Social and Environmental Justice: The Relevance of International Law in an Evolving World Order, Routledge, London (2011), and International Trade Law and the WTO, Federation Press, Australia, 2013. Dr Alam is the recipient of the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Research Supervision, Macquarie University, 2012, Dean's Higher Degree Research Award for Building Inclusive Research Culture in 2011, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, and Executive Dean's HDR Award for Encouraging Candidate Publications in 2010, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University.

Advisory Board

Professor Ben Boer 

Professor Ben Boer

Ben Boer was appointed as Emeritus Professor in the University of Sydney in late 2008. In 2011 he was appointed as Distinguished Professor at Wuhan University Law School in its Research Institute of Environmental Law. He now teaches in Wuhan for around three months a year. Between 2006 and 2008, he was the international Co-Director of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) 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.

Formerly, Ben was Professor in Environmental Law, University of Sydney (1997 -2008) and the Corrs Chambers Westgarth Professor of Environmental Law, University of Sydney (1992-1996). Prior to that, at Macquarie University, he was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor, School of Law (1979-1991) and part-time Lecturer in the Graduate School of the Environment, and Tutor and Lecturer, Department of Legal Studies, La Trobe University (1974-1979).

Together with colleagues at the University of Sydney, the Australian National University and the University of Adelaide, he founded of the Australian Centre for Environmental Law at Sydney Law School this body is now called the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law.

Ben has served as a consultant to various intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and foreign aid agencies in the following countries: China, Federated States of Micronesia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, New Caledonia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, and Vietnam, as well as conducting research for various departments of the Australian Federal Government.

Ben has published widely in the area of environmental and natural resources law and policy.

Dr Nick Brunton

Dr Nick Brunton

Dr Nick Brunton is a partner at Henry Davis York and a senior practitioner with over 22 years' experience in all areas of property, planning, environmental and valuation law. Nicholas’ clients include nine different government agencies, financial institutions, major corporates, mining companies, construction companies, property developers and fund managers.

Nick advises clients on major infrastructure projects, property development and transactions, valuation law and resumptions, town planning matters, re-zonings, development applications and appeals, contaminated land and general environmental and pollution issues. He acts for clients in all forms of environmental and planning litigation in the Local Court, Land and Environment Court and Court of Appeal and High Court.

He also specialises on all aspects of valuation and compulsory acquisition law, and has acted in over 400 matters including over 100 cases in the Land and Environment Court and appellate courts.

Nick has taught at Melbourne University, is a guest lecturer at the UNSW and Sydney University and has over 25 published articles on various areas of environmental and planning law. He is also a director of Water NSW which is a state owned corporation which owns and operates bulk water supply infrastructure across NSW and a fellow of the Australian Property Institute.

Qualifications and Associations
BA LLB (Macq); PhD (USyd)
Fellow Australian Property Institute
Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Director Water NSW

Industry Recognition
Nick is listed as a leading environment lawyer in PLC's Which Lawyer? 2011-2014 and in the AFR's Best Lawyers guide from 2011-2014 in Planning and Environmental Law.

Professor Peter Nelson

Professor Peter Nelson

Professor Peter Nelson was appointed Professor of Environmental Studies at Macquarie University in 2001, Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Science and Engineering in 2008, and Acting Executive Dean in January 2014. He was previously Senior Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO Energy Technology, where he managed projects on energy and the environment, air pollutant measurement, mechanism of formation and control. Professor Nelson has had more than 35 years experience in research on the assessment and control of air pollution and on environmental issues associated with energy use.

Professor Nelson’s research expertise is in the assessment and control of pollution and on environmental issues associated with energy use, with emphasis on toxic organics from industrial and vehicular sources, trace elements and waste management. The outputs of this research have been published in the scientific literature (> 200 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers), and in major commissioned reports for government and industry. Much of this work was done in close co-operation either directly with industry (eg, ARC-Linkage projects with RioTinto; CRC program; Australian Coal Association Research Program, NSW Power Generators) or government (eg, with the Australian Greenhouse Office; Department of Environment Water Heritage & the Arts, New South Wales Department of Environment Climate Change & Water).

The Hon. Justice Brian Preston SC

The Hon Justice Brian Preston SC

The Hon. Justice Brian Preston SC is the Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court in New South Wales. Prior to being appointed in November 2005, he was a senior counsel practising primarily in New South Wales in environmental, planning, administrative and property law.

He holds a BA and LLB (1st class honours) from Macquarie University, practised as a solicitor from 1982-1987, and then at the bar from 1987-2005. He was appointed senior counsel in 1999.

He has lectured in post-graduate, environmental law for over 23 years, principally at the University of Sydney, but also at other universities in Australia and overseas. He established two law courses: environmental dispute resolution and biodiversity law. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney.

Justice Preston is the author of Australia’s first book on environmental litigation (in 1989) and 85 articles, book chapters and reviews on environmental law, administrative and criminal law. The subjects of his writings include: the law and the environment; sustainable development; biodiversity; climate change; heritage; environmental impact assessment; environmental crime; the courts and the environment; public interest litigation; and administrative law and environmental law.

He holds editorial positions in environmental law publications, including General Editor of the Local Government Planning and Environment NSW Service, Title Editor for the Laws of Australia, Title 14 – Environment and Natural Resources, and is a member of the editorial advisory boards of the Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law and Legal Perspectives on Global Challenges, Eleven International Publishing, Netherlands.

He has been involved in a number of international environmental consultancies and capacity-building programs, including for the judiciaries in Indonesia, Kenya, China, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand and Sri Lanka.

Justice Preston is an Official Member of the Judicial Commission of NSW; Chair of the Environmental Law Standing Committee of the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA); member of the Environmental Law Commission of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); member of the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law (ACCEL); member of the Advisory Committee of the Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (National University of Singapore); member of the Adhoc Advisory Committee of Judges, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Judges Program; member of the Advisory Group on the Guide to the UNEP Bali Guidelines on Rio Principle 10; and member of the International Bar Association (IBA) President’s Climate Change Justice and Human Rights Task Force. He has been inducted as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law (FAAL). He has also been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ).

He is the recipient of a Commendation in the 2010 Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration, Award for Excellence in Court Administration, for his work in implementing the International Framework for Court Excellence in the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales. He is also the recipient in 2010 of an award by the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) in recognition of his outstanding leadership and commitment in promoting effective environmental adjudication in Asia.

Professor Benjamin J. Richardson

Professor Benjamin J Richardson

Professor Benjamin J. Richardson holds a joint professorial appointment with the University of Tasmania’s 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. 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 IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) in Kathmandu and Nairobi.

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 also been recognised, as co-recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Program Award in international Education from the Canadian Bureau of International Education.

Centre members

Associate Professor Hope Ashiabor

Associate Professor Hope Ashiabor

Location: Building E4A Room 311
T: (02) 9850 8547 

Associate Professor Hope Ashiabor is an Associate Professor of Law in the Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance. He is a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia. Hope teaches tax, corporate and commercial law units in the undergraduate program and international tax in the post graduate program.
His research interests are in the areas of:

  • Environmentally related taxes;
  • The regulatory aspects of carbon finance;
  • Energy law; and
  • International tax law and policy

He has written extensively, and prepared public submissions to government inquiries on different aspects of the role of fiscal and market instruments in managing the challenges of environmental degradation. His publications have focused on identifying aspects of the fiscal system that have implications for the development of environmental policy and considering opportunities for tax reform to ensure that fiscal and environmental policies are mutually reinforcing.

Hope is a member of the international organising committee of the annual Global Environmental Tax Conference series. He is also co-editor to the leading series Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation (Edward Elgar, UK); as well as a member of the editorial board of the Asian Journal of Accounting and Governance. He is also a member of the University's Climate Futures @ MQ Research Centre. His consulting experience extends to projects undertaken for the OECD Environment Directorate, Paris on energy taxes and competitiveness issues, AusAID (Australian Agency for International Development) on international transfer pricing for the Fiji Islands Inland Revenue and Customs Department, as well as on an advisory board which reviewed the State of New South Wales's High School Legal Studies curriculum. He has held visiting positions at Cleveland State University, Walsh University, and the University of Warwick.

Associate Professor Carlos Bernal-Pulido 

Dr Carlos Bernal-Pulido 

Carlos Bernal is an Associate Professor at Macquarie Law School (Sydney, Australia). He has research interests in the fields of comparative environmental law, constitutional comparative law, jurisprudence, and torts. 'In the area of environmental law he is currently undertaken a research project on the protection and adjudication of the constitutional right to water in the global south, and on the protection of the right to healthy environment in Latin America. He has published widely in all these fields in 7 different languages. His qualifications include a LL.B. from the University Externado of Colombia (Bogota) (1996), a S.J.D. from the University of Salamanca (Spain) (2001) and a M.A. (2008) and a Ph.D. in Philosophy (2011) from the University of Florida (U.S.A). He has delivered guest lectures and presented papers in more than 20 countries.

Dr Shireen Daft

Shireen Daft 

Dr Shireen Daft is an Associate Lecturer at Macquarie Law School, and the coordinator for the Centre of Environmental Law. She received her LLM specialising in Human Rights and Social Justice from the University of New South Wales. She recently completed her PhD exploring the ways in which human security discourse challenges, and is challenged by, the traditional structuring of public international law. She has taught in areas of international law, criminal justice and foundations of law. Her research interests are international law, non-state actors and international law; international peace and security; human security; children and armed conflict; international humanitarian law; criminal justice (domestic, comparative and international); human rights and social justice, including environmental justice. She is currently examining the intersection of international humanitarian law, human rights law and criminal justice in the international community’s response to child soldiers.

Dr Peter Davies

Dr Peter Davies 

T: (02) 9850 7220

Dr. Peter Davies is a lecturer in Planning and Professional Practice at Macquarie University. He was appointed to this position in late 2012 that drew on more than 20 years' experience in state and local government and consultancy. Peter has held senior management positions in a number of state agencies and councils and has been an associate to the Centre of Local Government at UTS since 2000, and was an honorary lecturer at Macquarie for six years prior to his appointment. Peter completed a PhD in 2011 part time in the area of urban water management with a specific focus on the role of local government in Sydney integrating social and physical sciences with policy, planning and law. He has represented the local government sector on a number of government and industry advisory groups and has lead and contributed too many multi-disciplinary research projects in the areas of environmental planning, local government sustainability, corporate planning and decision making and community engagement.

Mr Paul Govind

T: (02) 9850 7863

Mr Paul Govind is a Lecturer at the Macquarie University School of Law. He teaches Planning Law, International Environmental Law and Comparative Environmental Law in both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Paul's research interests focus primarily upon international and domestic climate change law and policy, environmental justice and the intersection of environmental and development law. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Australian National University and Editor of the Macquarie Journal of International and Comparative Environmental Law.

Professor Rafiqul Islam

Professor Rafiqul Islam 

T: (02) 9850 7082

Professor Rafiqul Islam teaches and researches in the areas of Public International in general and International Trade and the WTO Law in particular. Professor Islam has completed a number of research projects, notably the Australia-China Free Trade Agreement, Australian Access to Indian Markets and Sustainable Economic Development, Climate Change-Induced Transfer of Green Technology under the WTO TRIPs Agreement, and Legal and Trade Restrictive Aspects of International Trade in Goods. He also supervises 6 PhD candidates as the Principle in the areas of Public International Law. Currently Professor Islam is completing research in the areas of international refugee law and climate refugees, environment as a human right, and a book on international law: current concepts, new issues, and future directions (LexisNexis Australia, 2013/2014) and an edited book on international refugee law (Martinus Nijhoff Publishing, Leiden/Boston, 2013). International Trade Law, International Environmental and Sustainable Development Law, and International Security Law.

Professor Natalie Klein

Professor Natalie Klein 

T: (02) 9850 9931

Professor Natalie Klein teaches and researches in international law, with a focus in the areas of international dispute settlement and law of the sea. She has published most recently on maritime security, whales, tuna, the protection of citizens abroad. Her work on a research project funded by the Australian Research Council from 2008 has focused on Australia's use of litigation to resolve its international law disputes. Her current ARC Discovery Project investigates the conservation and management of sharks. Natalie supervises student research on a variety of international law topics, including human rights, international trade law and the law of the sea. She is currently Vice President, International Law Association (Australian Branch) and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

Emeritus Professor Zada Lipman

Emeritus Professor Zada Lipman 


Emeritus Professor Zada Lipman has over 30 years experience teaching and researching in the area of environmental law with a particular focus on pollution law, international trade in hazardous waste, planning law and coastal management law. She has extensive publications in her areas of expertise, including five co-authored books. The 4th edition of her co-authored book: Environmental and Planning Law in New South Wales (with R Lyster, G Wiffen, N Franklin & L Pearson) Federation Press will be published in February 2016. She is a former Director of the Centre for Environmental Law at Macquarie University and the Centre for Environmental Dispute Assessment and Resolution. She also served as Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in the School of Law. Emeritus Professor Lipman is a member of the (World Conservation Union) IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and a member of the Commissions' Special Working Group on Enforcement and Compliance and Oceans, Coasts and Coral Reefs. She is the Australian editor of the Environmental Liability Journal (UK) and a member of the editorial board of the Environmental and Planning Law Journal.

Associate Professor Vijaya Nagarajan

Dr Vijaya Nagarajan 

T: (02) 9850 7911

With degrees in Law and Economics, Dr. Vijaya Nagarajan researches and teaches in the areas of regulation, sustainability and corporate responsibility, competition law and policy and legal spatialities and gender equality. She has published widely and undertaken several consultancies in these areas. Her latest publications include Discretion and Public Benefit in a Regulatory Agency, 2013 ANUepress; 'Space and Law, Gender and Land: Using CEDAW to Regulate for Women's Rights to Land in Vanuatu' (2013) 24(1) Law and Critique 87-105 (co-written) and 'The Paradox of Australian Competition Policy: Contextualizing the Coexistence of Economic Efficiency and Public Benefit' (2013) 36(1) World Competition: Law and Economics Review 133-164.Vij is the MRes Coordinator in the Law School and currently is the primary supervisor for five HDR students. Vij is the recipient of the Faculty of Arts HDR Award for 'Building an Inclusive Research Culture' in 2012. Currently Vij serves on the Board of the Dictionary of Sydney.

Mrs Judith Preston 

Mrs Judith Preston 

T: (02) 9850 7077

Judith Preston BA LLB (Macq) MEL (U.Syd) is a solicitor with extensive teaching and practising experience in environmental and planning law including in the areas of biodiversity protection, environmental litigation and mediation and climate change law. She was instrumental in establishing the EDO in NSW as the first public interest environmental law centre in Australia. Judith was engaged as a legal officer with the Northern Land Council in Aboriginal land rights and as a litigation specialist in a number of law firms including Baker and McKenzie and DLA Piper (formerly Phillips Fox). She is a former editor of the Macquarie Journal of International and Comparative Environmental law and has published and presented on a range of environmental topics from climate change to clinical legal education in Australia and overseas. She has supervised a number of undergraduate and postgraduate research theses. She is currently involved with a number of research projects concerning public participation in environmental governance, clinical legal education and bio-cultural diversity protection.

Judith is currently undertaking a PhD at Western Sydney University on ways to recognise Indigenous Knowledge in Sustainable Natural Resource Management and Environmental Decision making in Australia and has given a number of presentations at international conferences in 2015 on this topic. Judith is currently working with the Land and Environmental Court of NSW to develop a pilot programme for assisting self represented litigants with access to environmental justice.

The Hon Robert Stokes MP

The Hon Robert Stokes MP 

The Hon Robert Stokes MP is the NSW Minister for Planning. He is a planning lawyer with research interests and teaching experience in a range of land use topics, including urban planning law, planning in coastal areas, historic heritage, and planning issues surrounding renewable energy generation projects.  Rob has prior experience as a solicitor in general commercial practice, as a policy advisor on urban planning issues, and as an academic with the Macquarie Law School.  He was elected as the parliamentary representative for the NSW electorate of Pittwater in 2007, and was re-elected with an increased majority in 2011. His previous parliamentary roles have included service on the parliamentary committee on the Independent Commission Against Corruption, and as Opposition Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Infrastructure.  Rob is a frequent speaker on urban, coastal, and renewable energy planning law issues at national and international conferences, and has published extensively on these topics in a range of refereed journals.

Professor Mark Taylor

Professor Mark Taylor 

T: (02) 9850 4221

Professor Mark Taylor is an environmental scientist with research, teaching and community advocacy interests in contaminated environments, human health, urban riparian systems and environmental law. He has a PhD from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, in geomorphology and environmental science. In 1999 he came to Australia to work at Macquarie University, where he is now a Professor in Environmental Science. He has also worked as a Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court between 2007 and 2009.  Mark holds positions on natural resource advisory boards providing pro bono assistance and scientific support.

Along with his research team, Mark has examined the condition of urban riparian systems in Sydney and the effectiveness of legislation and policy frameworks for achieving more sustainable environmental outcomes. He also has a program of research investigating environmental contaminants, in particular lead, and the associated ecological and human health risks. In particular, he is well known for his environmental contaminants research at Mount Isa. This work has resulted in extensive media coverage around the adverse health effects of childhood environmental lead exposure.

Mark has also served as an expert witness in relation to legal cases involving water resource and metal contaminant matters. Mark's research has not only been published in international peer reviewed journals it has been used by local councils, courts, environmental managers, lawyers and media groups. It has impacted environmental decision-making, management and legislation provisions of acceptable environmental standards and assessment.

Mr George Tomossy

George Tomossy 

T: (02) 9850 7865

George Tomossy is a Senior Lecturer at the Macquarie Law School, and a Barrister and Solicitor of the Bar of Ontario (Canada). George's principal research interests include research ethics and regulation, health governance, and the health/environment nexus. He is involved in various capacity building projects for sustainable development, publication projects and supervision of higher degree research students.

Dr Alexander Zahar

Dr Alexander Zahar 

T: (02) 9850 7686

Dr Alexander Zahar teaches and researches in the area of climate change law and international environmental law more generally. His particular interests lie, first, in the operation of the Clean Development Mechanism and similar systems, and, second, in the design of systems aimed at facilitating compliance of states with their international obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Dr. Zahar serves as an Expert Reviewer of state greenhouse gas inventories and National Communications, appointed by the Australian Government under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He is the founder and editor of the peer-reviewed journal Climate Law. Dr. Zahar's most recent book is entitled Australian Climate Law in Global Context (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Presently, he is working on two monographs to be published by Routledge, UK. One is on the problem of state compliance within the international climate change regime and the other on the impacts of the Clean Development Mechanism in Southeast Asia.

Associate members

Dr Kirsten Davies

Kirsten Davies 

Dr Kirsten Davies is an academic in the Department of Environmental Sciences and at Macquarie Law School where she is also a PhD candidate undertaking a second doctorate in Environmental Law under the principal supervision of Professor Shawkat Alam. She is the architect of Intergenerational Democracy, a method of whole-of-community engagement and capacity building, which was published by UNESCO (2008) and is now being applied nationally and internationally. This method is the subject of her book (2012), Intergenerational Democracy, rethinking sustainable development. 

Kirsten’s research interests include policy development and its ‘on ground’ application. Kirsten leads an expansive research program and is Deputy Chair of the (Faulty of Science and Engineering) Human Ethics Sub-Committee. She is a Coordinating Lead Author of the Asia Pacific Assessment being undertaken by the Intergovernmental Science- Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Kirsten’s research endeavours include human rights and clime change. She is a drafting author of the GNHRE Declaration.

Mr Guy Dwyer 

Guy Dwyer 

Guy is a Lawyer in the Sydney office of Ashurst, and Associate of the Centre for Environmental Law at Macquarie University.  He graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) in 2013, and from the College of Law with a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice in 2015.  Guy was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in August 2015.  He is currently a candidate in the Master of Laws (coursework) programme at the University of New South Wales.

Until February 2014, Guy served as Tipstaff and Researcher to Justice Brian Preston, Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales, for a year. He was also previously employed as a casual academic staff member at Macquarie Law School, teaching in the areas of legal ethics, professional responsibility and remedies.

Guy has published several articles in the areas of environmental, planning and local government law. His work has been cited by the NSW Parliamentary Research Service in a briefing paper on planning law reform, and by the NSW Court of Appeal in the decision of Peregrine Mineral Sands Pty Ltd v Wentworth Shire Council [2014] NSWCA 429. His work has also been cited by leading academics and members of courts and tribunals in well-regarded journals. These journals include the Journal of Environmental Law (produced by the University of Oxford), the Environmental and Planning Law Journal, Environmental Impact Assessment Review and Australian Planner. Guy’s research interests include (among others):

  • The operation of administrative law in environmental decision-making
  • Environmental dispute resolution
  • Pollution law
  • Water law
  • Climate law

Dr Mostafa M Naser

Mostafa Naser 

Mostafa M Naser has been working as Research Administrator at Centre for Environmental Law, Macquarie University. Mostafa’s areas of research and professional interests include refugee and migration law, environmental law and human rights. He holds a LLB (Hons) in law from the University of London, a Master’s degree in human rights law from the University of Chittagong, a Post Graduate Diploma on International Humanitarian Law from NALSAR University of Law, India and a PhD in climate-induced migration from Macquarie University, Australia. Mostafa qualified as Advocate of Judges Court and the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh in 2004 and 2007 respectively and has practiced law in both jurisdictions. Mostafa has extensively published in reputed refereed journals including William and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review (USA), Nordic Journal of International Law (Sweden) and Asian Journal of Law and Society (Cambridge University Press). He has been a research fellow, Earth System Governance Network; visiting researcher at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada; Legal Expert of Legal Response Initiative (LRI), London; member of Asian Society of International Law (ASIL); organizing secretary, The Bangladesh Chapter of Asian Society of International Law. He was awarded MAHBUB-UL-HAQ Research Awards in 2008 for study on ‘Understanding Suicide Terrorism in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka’ and the outcome of the project is published as book by Regional Centre for Strategic studies (RCSS). He has experience of working with national, international and inter-governmental human rights and environmental organizations including TIB, ADB, ICRC, UNDP, and IOM.

Dr Pradip Royhan

Dr Pradip Royhan 

Dr Pradip Royhan, a Deputy Secretary to the Government of Bangladesh (currently in lien) has been working as the Project Coordinator and researcher in the Centre for Environmental Law and Access Macquarie Limited, Macquarie University. He has been teaching as the session academic of LEX 102(Sustainability, Science and Law) since 2014. Prior to that, he was awarded PhD in Law from the Macquarie University with full scholarship.

During his professional career, he has served as policy analyst in different ministries of the Government of Bangladesh (Ministry of Public Administration, Ministry of Housing and Public Works, Ministry of Shipping, Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Education). He has undergone a number of professional training programs in home and abroad (WTO trainings in Geneva, Switzerland and Tokyo, Japan) and also attended international seminars /negotiations as the representative of the Government of Bangladesh. He was awarded B.Sc (Hon's) and M.Sc (Thesis), Department of Soil, Water and Environment, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was also awarded Diploma in International Trade Law, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong. During his doctoral studies, he has presented his research papers in a number of conferences (Australian National University, Canberra, AU; Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand; and Boston, USA) and also attended other conferences as participants including the WTO Public Forum 2012. He also visited the Law Libraries of the University of New York, Columbia and Harvard for research material collection during his PhD study.

He was actively associated with the CEL for AusAid grant application process and successfully coordinated the programs as the Program Coordinator of the capacity building training program for 50 Bangladesh government officials held under ALA Fellowship Round 12, 2013 and AAF Round 14, 2014 respectively. He has been negotiating with the different ministries of the government of Bangladesh in developing partnerships with the Macquarie University and working as the bridge between the Macquarie University and the Government of Bangladesh. He successfully negotiated with the Ministry of Public Administration for Bangladesh government funded capacity building training program for 27 Bangladesh government officials that was held from 16-27 March, 2015. He is a member of Asia Society of International Law. He has published a number of articles in peer reviewed journals and his research interest is in international trade law; and international environmental law; environmental sustainability and integrated public policy reform and development.

CEL volunteers

Volunteering at CEL

The Centre for Environmental Law bases its engagement with undergraduates on an enthusiastic student volunteer program. These volunteers are law students with a particular interest in environmental law, and boast various specific skills that aid in the development of the centre. The student volunteer program has been integral to the successes of the Centre, being involved in the development and administration of all of the Centre’s major projects to date. The program as a whole is an evolving dimension of the Centre, seeking to provide a mentoring environment for undergraduates and practical experience in environmental and legal research. Read more about our volunteer program

Current volunteers 

Simon Populin Simon Populin

Simon is in his third year of a Bachelor of Science with the degree of Bachelor of Laws majoring in physics. Through the centre, he hopes to further deepen his understanding of environmental issues and assist in the development of the centre and its research goals. Within the extensive research areas of the centre, Simon is especially interested in the use of legal systems to encourage local and global sustainable development.

Alena Stirton Alena Stirton

Alena is in her final year of the combined Bachelor of Environment and Bachelor of Laws at Macquarie University. Having completed a major in environmental earth science and a minor in environmental management Alena has a passion for sustainable environmental futures and natural resource management. Throughout 2015 Alena completed two overseas university exchanges at the University of Vienna and the University of Copenhagen studying the areas of international law, energy law and human rights. Alena is hoping to gain more experience in the area of environmental law, local planning and governance.

Past volunteers

Claire BakerClaire Baker

Claire is in her final year of a combined Bachelor of Environment and Bachelor of Laws at Macquarie University. She has previously worked in the Strata and community land development field. Claire has a strong background in environmental legal research and a keen interest in international environmental law.

Ellie ChapmanEllie Chapman

Ellie is completing her final year of a Bachelor of Environment (Environmental Management and Geology) and Bachelor of Laws at Macquarie University. Her interests within the centre include sustainable development, both on a regional and international scale and the trade-environment nexus. She has an avid interest in international affairs, having completed a semester exchange in Copenhagen in 2014. She is actively involved in domestic environmental matters and advocating social justice, as a passionate volunteer with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and upcoming placement at PIAC during the winter break. She is currently studying Environmental Law and wishes to enhance student engagement and awareness about environmental issues.

Angela DownesAngela Downes

Angela Downes is approaching her final year of a law degree as an external student at Macquarie University, after having attained a PhD in English Literature at the University of Sydney with a thesis on literary responses to the Australian landscape. Angela has an interest in pursuing further research in environmental law following completion of her law degree. Angela has worked as a paralegal at the Elizabeth Evatt Community Legal Centre in Katoomba for some years, and has a keen interest in both social justice and conservation issues affecting her local Blue Mountains community.

Laura HughLaura Hugh

Laura is currently in her fifth and final year of a combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degree at Macquarie University, to be completed in 2014. She undertook a short-term French exchange to the University of Lausanne, Switzerland in 2012, and a semester-long Law exchange to Carleton University, Canada in 2013. In December 2013, Laura will undertake a legal internship with the NGO Forum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Laura’s interest areas include human rights, international trade, international humanitarian law, and international environmental law.

Kristen KooKristen Koo

Kristen Koo is in 4th year studying Bachelor of Laws and Arts (majoring in Sociology). She is currently working as a paralegal at boutique firm, Bella Vista. Kristen has passion for social rights and international law, and worked on education grants for SWSI TAFE Indigenous Youth in 2014.

Elizabeth MayElizabeth May

In 2012, Elizabeth completed her High School Certificate at Central Coast Grammar School on the NSW Central Coast. She commenced her university studies in 2013 at Macquarie University undertaking a Bachelor of Arts - Psychology with a degree of Bachelor of Laws. She aspires to pursue a career in family law, however does have an extensive interest in both environmental and criminal law. Elizabeth hopes that her combined degree of law and psychology will give her an informed and broad insight into a career in law.

Danielle MunroDanielle Munro

Danielle is in her first year of the graduate entry Bachelor of Laws at Macquarie University having previously graduated from Macquarie University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Human Geography. She has an active interest in researching cultural eco-tourism and sustainable development. In 2011 Danielle participated in a field trip to the Northern Territory to gain a deeper understanding of indigenous issues in Australia. Her role in the Centre is to liaise with academics and work as a research assistant on international projects.

Alice Nelson Alice Nelson

Alice is a current Macquarie University student, in her third year of a Bachelor of Science, with a Bachelor of Laws. Alice's passion is planning and environmental law, and she hopes to pursue a career in this area. Alice has recently returned from Borneo in July 2013, where she worked on a land rights project in conjunction with PACE. Alice is particularly interested in planning and environmental law issues in this region as she is able to speak Bahasa Indonesia.

Beau TalamBeau Talam

Before joining the CEL team, Beau has worked extensively in climate change policy and law reform, working with organisations such as the NSW Environmental Defenders Office and the Centre for Policy Development. Beau is currently seeking to reform environmental and trade laws amongst the world's least developed countries and helping them to build the capacity needed in order to create their own sustainable futures. Graduating in Public Policy from the University of New South Wales in 2010, Beau is currently in his final year of his LLB maintaining a focus on environmental and planning law.

Jennifer TridgellJennifer Tridgell

Jennifer is completing her second year of a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Relations) with a Bachelor of Laws at Macquarie University. She has an avid interest in international affairs, having done a Rotary Youth Exchange to Sweden in 2011 and been selected for PACE International’s 2014 Peru Challenge. This is combined with her passion for human rights and sustainability as a volunteer with Oxfam International, teacher’s aide in remote Indigenous schools and an executive member of a number of on-campus societies with a social justice focus.

Max TurnerMax Turner

Max studies a Bachelor of Arts with a Bachelor of Laws at Macquarie University and is currently in his 2nd year. His interests and passions are diverse, ranging from international law to gender equality and from playing Rugby Union to reading Christopher Hitchens. Max’s work in the Centre generally involves developing strategic partnerships with influential international and domestic bodies and ultimately enhancing the reputation of the Centre. More specifically, the position entails engaging with preeminent scholars in the field as well as fostering strong working relationships with other environmental law centres, particularly those based in Asia and the Pacific.

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