Frontiers 3 - Annual Colloquium for Australian environmental law teachers and researchers


Frontiers 3 - Annual Colloquium for Australian environmental law teachers and researchers

The annual Frontiers in Environmental Law Colloquium provides a forum for environmental law teachers and researchers to share and discuss their ideas, research and teaching practices. Through a supportive forum, it is hoped that we can appreciate and implement best practices and explore innovative ideas across our discipline and institutions and in doing so shape a sustainable future in our region.

The National Environmental Law Association and the Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law at Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne invite you to participate in Frontiers 3: the third Frontiers in Environmental Law Colloquium.

Colloquium Aims

The aims of this colloquium are to: • Provide a collegial forum in which participants exchange ideas, information and research on environmental law and policy issues. • Promote an inclusive and supportive network of Australian and New Zealander environmental law scholars. • Identify and discuss opportunities for research synergies, career progression and collaboration. • Share and learn about innovative approaches to teaching and research in environmental law.

Colloquium Themes

The paper discussions and presentations will engage with the ideas of frontiers, boundaries and intersections in environmental law, particularly:

• Intersections across environmental disciplines and environmental law.

• Multi-level or trans-jurisdictional governance of environmental problems.

• Researching environmental law through partnerships or novel or less frequently used methodologies.

• The regulation of cross-cutting or emerging environmental issues.

• Unpacking framings and foundational ideas of environmental law (e.g sustainability, justice, resilience, adaptation).

• Critical and contextual understandings of recent case law.

• New, experimental, or research-integrated approaches to teaching environmental law.


The colloquium will be held over two days, beginning at 9.50 am on Wednesday 15 February 2017. A dinner for colloquium participants will be held at 7pm on Wednesday 15 February 2017. The colloquium will resume at 9am and conclude by 4pm on Thursday 16 February 2017.

The FINAL PROGRAM will be posted on or by 31 January. Go to, or see the link on this page, to "More Information"

The focus of the colloquium will be on research paper presentation sessions, interspersed with brief provocative plenary incursions and collaborative sessions on teaching, research methodologies, and environmental law interactions and intersections outside of the academy.

Presenters will be expected to read all draft papers. Each presenter will have 10 minutes to present their work, expecting that other participants have read their papers, followed by 10 minutes of roundtable comments and discussion and 5 minutes to respond to comments (25 minutes per paper). The intention of this approach is to enable presenters to receive helpful feedback on their papers with a view to advancing the work-in-progress towards publication.

Draft papers can be accessed at the link on this page to "More Information". Or

All participants (whether or not they intend to present) will be sent some thinking points to prepare for the collaborative sessions.


The cost of the colloquium will be $175 (plus GST) for waged attendees or $50 (plus GST) for students. This cost covers catering for both days and dinner (not drinks) on Wednesday 15 February 2017.

For those wishing not to attend dinner on Wednesday 15 February 2017, the cost of the colloquium will be $125 (plus GST).

Please register and pay on this link by Monday 31 January 2017: