Professor Jacqueline Peel

  • Professor Jacqueline Peel

    Associate Dean, Melbourne Law Masters

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Professor Jacqueline Peel is an expert in the field of environmental and climate change law. Her scholarship on these topics encompasses international, transnational and national dimensions, as well as interdisiplinary aspects of the law/science relationship in the environmental field. Professor Peel is the author or co-author of five books and numerous articles on these topics. She has been an active contributor to public policy formulation on climate change and environmental issues at the national and international level through her work on bodies such as the ILA Committee on Legal Principles Relating to Climate Change. Professor Peel's research has attracted funding from various organisations including the Australian Research Council, VCCCAR and the United States Studies Centre. She has also been the recipient of prestigious awards such as a Fulbright Scholarship and NYU Hauser Scholarship.

Jacqueline Peel is a Professor at the Melbourne Law School. She 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 from the University of Melbourne. In 2003-2004, Jacqueline returned to NYU Law School as a Hauser Research Scholar and Emile Noel Fellow. Prior to her appointment at Melbourne, Jacqueline completed an internship at the United Nations International Law Commission, working with Professor James Crawford on the ILC's State responsibility articles. From 1997 to 1999 she practised environmental and planning law at the national law firm of Allens Arthur Robinson.

Jacqueline's research interests are 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 Australian Climate Law in a Global Context (CUP, Melbourne, 2013 with A. Zahar and L. Godden); Principles of International Environmental Law (3rd ed, CUP, UK, 2012, with P. Sands); Environmental Law: Scientific, Policy and Regulatory Dimensions (OUP, 2010, with L Godden); Science and Risk Regulation in International Law (CUP, UK,  2010) and The Precautionary Principle in Practice (Federation Press, 2005).

In the emerging field of climate change law Jacqueline has published articles on the scope of the discipline and climate litigation in leading Australian journals as well as a leading Australian text: Australian Climate Law in a Global Context – published by Cambridge University Press (with A Zahar and L Godden). Together with L Godden and R Keenan, Jacqueline held an ARC Discovery grant to examine the regulatory framework for responding to climate change in Australia (2009-2011). She is now undertaking a new ARC funded research project (with H Osofsky from the University of Minnesota Law School) on the role of climate change litigation in transitioning to a clean energy future. In 2009, Jacqueline secured a US Studies Centre grant to undertake a comparative analysis of Californian and Australian climate change law. During 2012-2013 Jacqueliine was a Visiting Scholar at the Berkeley Law School's Centre for Law, Energy and Environment (UC Berkeley, California) and also at Stanford Water in the West, Stanford University. The latter appointment at Stanford will continue during 2013-2014.


Melbourne Law Masters

Other School and University Responsibilities

JD Course Director (Students) 2011-2

Memberships and Affiliations

International Law Association, Committee on Legal Principles relating to Climate Change

Australia/New Zealand Society of International Law

American Society of International Law

National Environmental Law Association

Environmental Defenders' Office

Society for Risk Analysis

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