Engage with us

Engage with us

The Centre for Environmental Law engages with other environmental organisations on both a global and local level via collaborative partnerships, visitors and faculty exchanges, capacity building and professional development programs.

 Environmental and natural resources law centres

Visitors and faculty exchanges

Exchanges in 2010

Dr Erika Techera

Visiting Scholar at the University of Hawai'i, William S Richardson Law School for six weeks in 2010. Dr Techera's research will focus on a comparative analysis of North/South Pacific strategies for community based marine management and legal approaches to shark conservation.

Exchanges in 2008

Associate Professor Natalie Klei

Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University's Lauterpacht Research Centre in International Law.

Exchanges in 2005

Professor Jose' Rubens Morato Leite (Federal University of Santa Caterina) - Brazil

Professor Leite is one of Brazil'a foremost International & Environmental Law experts in the areas of environmental impact assessment and sustainable development, commenced in February 2005 as a Visting Fellow at MU-CEL. Professor Leite also participated as a speaker in the Biodiversity Colloquium hosted by MU-CEL in July 2005.

Professor Richard Hildreth (University of Oregon)

Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Law Center of the University of Oregon's School of Law and an expert in marine law visited MU-CEL in 1994 to meet with academic staff and postgraduate students. Professor Hildreth visited the Centre again in mid-2005 and attended the 3rd IUCN Academy of International & Environmental Law Biodiversity Colloquium in July.

Exchanges in 2004

Professor Kurt Deketelaere (University of Leuven)

Professor Deketelaere spent a brief time as a Visiting Professor of the Division in May of 2003 returned in 2004 to spend a few days at MU-CEL to meet with our postgraduate students and faculty. During his visit to MU-CEL Professor Deketelaere gave a well-attended lecture to undergraduate and postgraduate students taking the International International & Environmental Law unit on the way in which the European Community was responding to climate change and the anticipated coming into force of the Kyoto Protocol.

Exchanges in 2003

Professor Michael Jeffery and Associate Professor Donna Craig

They spent part of their overseas study leave in first semester 2002 as the inaugural visiting professors in the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy LL.M. Program at the James E. Rogers School of Law at the University of Arizona (U of A) in Tucson.While at U of A, they convened and taught a unit titled "Comparative Indigenous International & Environmental Law and Management" to a group of indigenous LL.M students from the United States, Canada, Peru and Taiwan.

Professor Robert Hershey

Director of the Indian Law Clinic at the University of Arizona will be visiting MU-CIEL during the last week of March 2003 and co-convening a post-graduate unit titled "Law, Globalization and Cultural Transformations". Professor Hershey brings with him extensive experience acting as Special Counsel for a number of American Indian tribes, including the White Mountain Apache Tribe and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. For the past ten years he has taught Indian law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. His current courses include Tribal Law Clinical Education (which promotes and assists the self-determination of aboriginal communities in the southwestern United States and worldwide), Advanced Topics in Indian Law, & Globalization and the Preservation/(Transformation) of Culture.

Professor James Salzman

Professor Salzman is from the Washington College of Law, American University in Washington DC and is currently visiting Macquarie University as recipient of a Senior Fulbright Scholarship. After spending the past few months with Macquarie's Key Centre on Biodiversity and Bioresources, Professor Salzman will move over to MU-CIEL for the duration of his visit until late June 2003.

Professor Nicholas A. Robinson

The Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of International & Environmental Law and Co-Director of Pace University's Centre for Environmental Legal Studies (one of the leading International & Environmental Law centres in the U.S.) will be MU-CIEL's Visiting Professor under Macquarie University's Millennium Grant Program. Prof. Robinson will be visiting the Centre for a period of approximately five weeks during September and October of 2003.Prof. Robinson served as former general counsel of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. He is currently legal advisor and Chair of the IUCN's Commission on International & Environmental Law. In his distinguished career he founded Pace University's International & Environmental Law programs and edited the proceedings of the 1992 United Nation's Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

Hon Justice Paul Stein Am

Plans are underway for Justice Paul Stein, a member of the New South Wales Court of Appeal to visit the Law Division, under its Distinguished Visitor program towards the end of 2003.Justice Stein, a former judge of the NSW Land and Environment Court, is a long-time friend of MU-CIEL and is a member of the Centre's Advisory Board. More details of Justice Stein's visit will be posted on MU-CIEL's website over the coming months.

Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs)

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Macquarie University and Ku-ring-gai Council

CEL has signed a MoU with Ku-ring-gai Council, promoting an active collaboration with the Council’s activities, and the development of PACE opportunities for students.


On 21st Oct 2014 Ku-ring-gai Council (KC) and Macquarie University (MQ) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that articulated both organisation’s intent to work in partnership. The MoU states that each year the two entities will develop priority projects for the year ahead. The following activities for 2015, the first year of the partnership, have been developed by KC and MQ’s Centre for Environmental Law (CEL) and form an addendum to the MoU. It should be noted that the partnership is not limited to these activities as other opportunities may arise during the year and could be added to this list. At the end of 2015 activities will be reviewed and discussions held to determine priority activities for 2016.


Higher degree research (HDR) projects

MQ and KC welcomes student research projects at masters and Ph.D. levels that focus on aspects of environmental management (including law) and KMC. Of particular note is KC’s research focus on climate change adaptation in the local government area (LGA). Potential students considering working with KC should contact Dr Jenny Scott: Sustainability Program Leader, Ku-ring-gai Council, P: 9424 0862, M: 0409 468 287, F: 9424 0870, E: jscott@kmc.nsw.gov.au to shape their projects. They should then work with their HDR supervisors to further develop their projects. 

Collaborative research

During 2015 MQ and KC will jointly apply for funding, if available, for a research project extending an aspect of KCs work on environmental management.


MQ’s Law School offers an internship program in second semester each year, LAWS 300. Due to the number of students predicted to enrol it is not possible for them to be individually placed as interns in institutions. As an alternative model, students work with partners and on the projects they assign to them. It is predicted that 150 students will be enrolled in this unit in 2015 and four partners will be appointed of which KC will be one. The students remain on campus and partners liaise with them through their ilearn site and four in person visits to meet with their students. Key contact for the internship program will be: Dr Kirsten Davies( MQ), Law School, E: Kirsty.Davies @mq.edu.au M: 0438 255 687.

Sustainability dialogues

KC and MQ will host two sustainability dialogue sessions in 2015. Staff from KC and academics from MQ will present their research on environmental management. One session will be hosted by MQ (open to students and academics) and the other hosted by KC (open to staff and the general public). KC staff will be invited to law school guest lectures and other sustainability dialogue sessions that will be organised throughout the year.

Online course

MQ, through the Australian Research Institute of Environmental Sustainability (ARIES) will be launching an online short course on community engagement for environmental outcomes in 2015. During the trial phase it will be offered to KC environmental staff free of charge on the provision they provide feedback.

MoU with MOPA, Bangladesh

In 2014, CEL has signed several MOUs with various ministries and institutions of Bangladesh. After a series of negotiations and communications initiated by CEL Director Associate Professor Shawkat Alam, a MoU has been signed between Macquarie University and Ministry of Public Administration (MOPA), Bangladesh on 26 March, 2014. According to the MoU, MOPA will send 15-20 officials for Master’s program to Macquarie University and Macquarie University will provide 50% tuition fee waiver for those of selected officials for the next four years. Following up this, four senior MOPA officials visited Senior Management of Macquarie Law School and Access Macquarie Limited to discuss other possibilities/ initiatives for joint collaboration.

Another MOPA Delegation led by Hon’ble Minister of State visited Macquarie University and reemphasized the need for scoping exercises for curriculum and faculty development and improve the English Language Efficiency of MOPA officials through improving the standard of Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy. The delegation also requested for offering one permanent scholarship for the MOPA officials. Macquarie Delegation visited Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy for scoping exercises of curriculum and faculty development and presented preliminary proposal (5 years project) to the Ministry. Macquarie Delegation met with the Senior Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office and discussed the ongoing and future joint collaboration projects. Macquarie Delegation also visited Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC) and discussed potential collaborations with the senior officials of BPATC. BPATC requested for other scoping exercises for their curriculum development, faculty development, joint research and training program.

Capacity Building Programs

Sustainable Public Procurement Program - Indonesian Ministry of National Development and Planning

This Program examined the interface between sustainable development and public procurement by way of discussing the concept of sustainable development, the role of public procurement in achieving sustainable development with reference to current state of play. Participants will understand the strengths and limitations of implementing sustainable public procurement in Indonesia in the context of global public procurement policies, best practices and Indonesian institutional and governance frameworks.

Management practices and human capital development for effective sustainable public procurement requires a broad understanding of key principles of public procurement, sustainable development and effective governance.

The definition for Sustainable Procurement adopted by the United Nations Environment Program is:

  • a process whereby organisations meet their needs for goods, services, works and utilities in a way that achieves value for money on a whole life basis in terms of generating benefits not only to the organisation, but also to society and the economy, whilst minimising damage to the environment.

Promoting sustainable public procurement practices in accordance with national policies and priorities will contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 12 to “Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns” under the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This approach recognizes the importance of achieving a balance between three pillars of sustainable development:  economic, social and environmental.

Sustainable Development Goal 16 to “Promote Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions ” includes two targets addressed by this Program:

  •        Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms
  •        Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels


This Program was developed pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding between the Centre for Planners’ Development, Education and Training, National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS), Indonesia, and the Centre for Environmental Law, Macquarie University. It was funded under the Scholarships Program for Strengthening Reforming Institutions (SPIRIT) with the support of Macquarie University, Ryde Council, and Australian and New South Wales Government departments hosting visits by the participants during the Program.

Program Aims and Objectives

This Program incorporates the course aims set out for Training III: Procurement and Finance Administration and Management, under the terms of reference for the Scholarships Program for Strengthening Reforming Institutions (SPIRIT), which are noted as follows:

Aims & Objectives

The course aims to provide a comprehensive overview of procurement aspects and the importance of financial administration and management in human resource projects. The training will be focused on such aspects as: negotiation and communication with stakeholders, major procurement methods, develop Terms of References, evaluation of bids, transparency, manage big data for expenditures, and understand the language, tools and techniques of financial management, accounting and administration. The training should focus on the human resource project, such as grants, loans, government funds.

  • To introduce financial administrative and  management guidelines
  • To gain an understanding of the fundamentals of the laws, critical concepts, procedures, and  policies involved with sound financial management. 
  • To learn to link management, budgeting and auditing to performance measurement; recognize  the primary requirements of financial systems; and adhere to government wide policies.
  • To learn how to analyze and address financial management issues (staffing, internal controls,  accounting systems, reporting, auditing, etc.)
  • To provide capacity building in procurement by focusing on procurement process, procurement cycle, procurement planning, differences in types and methods of procurement as well as preparation of bidding documents for goods/ works.
  • To provide knowledge on selection methods for services, and prepare request for proposals; 
  • To improve skills in preparing evaluation reports for procurement of goods, works and selection of consultants; and 
  • To be familiar with contract implementation and contract management.

Each of the above Objectives will be achieved through a structured program of lectures by expert speakers, expert-led workshops, and industry visits. 

Sessions drawing upon expertise in the Centre for Environmental Law and Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance at Macquarie University and external expert consultants are as follows:



Expert Speaker


Promoting Sustainable Development by Incorporating Sustainability into Public Procurement

Prof. Shawkat Alam


Integrity, Transparency and Accountability

Dr. Carlos Bernal


Principles and Theories of Human Resource Management

Ms. Deborah Howlett


Legal Frameworks and Regulation: Contracts, Business Organisations, and Corporate Management and Governance

Dr. Michael Quilter


Procurement Strategy and Planning

Ms. Louise Hart


Risk Management and Appropriate Risk Management Systems

Dr. Catriona Lavermicocca


Evaluation of Proposals

Ms. Louise Hart


Sustainable Public Procurement in Local Government

Mr. John Schanz


E-Governance and Transparency: Public Sector Delivery & Information Management

Dr. Yvette Blount


Human Capital Development for Sustainable Procurement in Government Financial Administration and Management

Ms. Deborah Howlett


Technology’s Role in the Support of Procurement

Dr. Mauricio Marrone


A Structured Approach to Planning and Strategy: The Role of Enterprise Risk Management

Dr. Rahat Munir

Industry visits to provide participants with experience of Australian best practice will include: 

  • Independent Commission Against Corruption (New South Wales)
  • Procurement New South Wales 
  • Department of Finance, Government of Australia

Professional Development Program 2013

Macquarie University Centre for International and Environmental Law (MU-CIEL) successfully organised a training program on 'Capacity Building for Trade, Environment and Sustainable Development in Bangladesh' for the 25 senior Government Officials of Bangladesh under Australian Leadership Award Fellowship (ALA) Program of Round-12 held on 04-22 February, 2013.

It was an intensive three-week training program delivered by the Centre for International and Environmental Law at the Macquarie Law School, with funding from AUSAID obtained on a competitive basis in the amount of $277,177.  

This Program aimed to support a comprehensive and ongoing agenda for building institutional capacity of the Bangladesh Government. This was a collaboration between MU-CIEL and Ministry of Commerce, Government of Bangladesh as the counterpart organization.

The partnership between Macquarie University and Bangladesh has developed over 10 years through professional contacts between academics involved in exchanges and site visits.  Members of the Macquarie School of Law, Macquarie University, have visited institutions in Bangladesh on numerous occasions, offering special lectures and seminars.

These special lectures and seminars were delivered for advanced students of law, policy makers, NGOS, on the most contemporary legal issues including sustainable development and trade, environment and human rights, in order to orient them towards specialised knowledge in these areas.


The Centre for Environmental Law has over the years established an enviable international reputation and has developed a strong working relationship with other environmental and natural resources law centres in Asia, North America and the Middle East. These include:

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