Our people

Our people

Director of Centre

Professor Shawkat Alam

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.

Advisory board

Name Position

Professor Ben Boer Emeritus Professor in the University of Sydney

Dr Nick BruntonAdvisory Board of Australian Centre for Climate Change and Environment Law at the University of Sydney

Professor Peter NelsonProfessor of Environmental Studies at Macquarie University

The Hon. Justice Brian Preston SCChief Judge of the Land and Environment Court in New South Wales

Professor Benjamin J. RichardsonProfessor in the University of Tasmania’s Faculty of Law and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

Centre members

Name Research interests

Hope Ashiabor
Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance
Associate Professor
E4A 311
T: (02) 9850 8457 
E: hope.ashiabor@mq.edu.au
  • Environmentally related taxes
  • The regulatory aspects of carbon finance
  • Energy law
  • International tax law and policy

Carlos Bernal
Macquarie Law School
Associate Professor
W3A 625
T: (02) 9850 4090
E: carlos.bernal-pulido@mq.edu.au
  • Jurisprudence
  • Legal Theory
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Human Rights
  • Torts

Dr Shireen Daft
Macquarie Law School
Associate Lecturer
W3A 541
T: (02) 9850 7022
E: shireen.daft@mq.edu.au
  • Non-state actors and international law
  • Domestic, international and transnational criminal justice
  • Human security and international law
  • Peace, international security and international law
  • Fragmentation of international law
  • International human rights and humanitarian law

Dr. Peter Davies
Department of Environmental Sciences
Senior Lecturer
Australian Hearing Hub-16 University Avenue L2
T: (02) 9850 7220
E: peter.davies@mq.edu.au
  • Sustainable land use and water planning: green cities, renewable energy generation, urban water management
  • Contamination and pollution
  • Urban development
  • Mining

Mr Paul Govind
Macquarie Law School
Associate Lecturer
W3A 423
T: (02) 9850 7863
E: paul.govind@mq.edu.au
  • Climate change law
  • Human rights and the environment
  • Environmental finance and disaster risk management through environmental law and policy with a particular focus on the relationship between environmental sustainability, development and the reduction of poverty

Muhammad Rafiqul Islam
Macquarie Law School
Professor of Law
W3A 444
T: (02) 9850 7082
E: rafiqul.islam@mq.edu.au
  • International Trade Law
  • Law of the World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • International Economic Law
  • International Law of Foreign Investment
  • Law of International Economic Institutions
  • International Commercial Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Public International Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Law of International Organizations
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • International Regulation of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
  • International Security Law
  • Constitutional Law of Bangladesh

Natalie Klein
Macquarie Law School
Professor & Dean
W3A 526
T: (02) 9850 9931
E: natalie.klein@mq.edu.au
  • Public international law
  • Particularly international dispute resolution
  • Law of the sea
  • International humanitarian law
  • International commercial arbitration
  • Investment disputes

Zada Lipman
Macquarie Law School
Emeritus Professor
E: zada.lipman@mq.edu.au
  • Environmental Law
  • Especially pollution law
  • Planning law
  • Climate change and coastal adaptation law
  • Biodiversity law

Dr. Vijaya Nagarajan
Macquarie Law School
Associate Professor
W3A 611
T: (02) 9850 7911
E: vijaya.nagarajan@mq.edu.au
  • Economic regulation in practice
  • Role of institutions in corporate governance
  • Spatiality of law

Judith Preston
Macquarie Law School
Honorary Fellow
T: (02) 9850 7077
E: judith.preston@mq.edu.au
  • Public participation in environmental governance
  • Clinical legal education
  • Bio-cultural diversity protection

Robert Stokes
Macquarie Law School
Honorary Fellow
W3A 429
T: (02) 9850 7052
E: robert.stokes@mq.edu.au

Mark Taylor
Department of Environmental Sciences
E7A-12 Wally's Walk 631
T: (02) 9850 4221
E: mark.taylor@mq.edu.au
  • Environmental pollution
  • Risks to human health from aerosols, dusts, sediments, soil and water

George Tomossy
Macquarie Law School
Senior Lecturer
W3A 510
T: (02) 9850 7865
E: george.tomossy@mq.edu.au
  • Research ethics and regulation
  • Health governance
  • Health/environment nexus

Dr Alexander Zahar
Macquarie Law School
Senior Lecturer
W3A 441
T: (02) 9850 7077
E: alexander.zahar@mq.edu.au
  • International climate change law
  • International climate change finance

Associate members

Name Research interests

Dr Kirsten Davies
Macquarie Law School
Lecturer and researcher
T: (02) 9850 8334
E: Kirsty.davies@mq.edu.au
  • Kastom (or traditional) Law in Vanuatu and its potential application to broader climate change legislative frameworks

Guy Dwyer
E: guy.dwyer@mq.edu.au
  • The operation of administrative law in environmental decision-making
  • Environmental dispute resolution
  • Pollution law
  • Water law
  • Climate law

Dr Mostafa M Naser
  • Refugee and migration law
  • Environmental law
  • Human rights

Dr Pradip Royhan
W3A 439
T: (02) 9850 7099
E: pradip.royhan@mq.edu.au
  • International trade law
  • International environmental law
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Integrated public policy reform and development

CEL Volunteers

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 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.

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