Dr Brad Jessup

  • Mr Brad Jessup

    Senior Lecturer

+61 3 9035 8645 | brad.jessup@unimelb.edu.au | Room 0914


Brad Jessup is an environment specialist at the University of Melbourne. He is a member of the Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law and has a particular interest in interdisciplinary scholarship that traverses areas of law, environment, society and policy. He teaches torts and environmental and introductory law subjects, and developed and co-ordinates the Public Interest Law Initiative subject Sustainability Business Clinic. Brad joined Melbourne Law School in 2012 from the Australian National University, where he had been teaching and researching within the ANU College of Law since 2007. Previously, Brad worked as a lawyer within Herbert Smith Freehills's planning and environmental law practice.

Brad Jessup is a geographer and an environmental law specialist who offers global, national, comparative and local perspectives in his research. Brad's research and teaching cross disciplines in the tradition of legal geography. In both capacities he draws on political theories, his knowledge of environmental law processes, and case study examples of law in society. Brad is especially interested in the law of place, the human and environmental experience of harm, and the role of the law, lawyers, society and policy in responding to risk and harm.

Within law, Brad has experience teaching undergraduate, and postgraduate Juris Doctor and Masters-level students across a number of subjects and courses. He also teaches to non-law students. Brad's teaching interests are in foundation subjects, torts, environment, land and planning law, and critical, experiential and research based inquiry. At The University of Melbourne, Brad's teaching includes the subjects: Torts; Environmental Law; Legal Research; Environmental Rights and Responsibilities; Sustainability Business Clinic; Toxics, Waste and Contamination Law; and Sustainable Urban Construction Law.

Over recent years Brad has supervised students using qualitative research methods and on topics including researching community wind farms, landowner protests to native vegetation laws, environmental citizenship, supports for people with a disability, environmental duties of care, gene technology regulation, and the protection of whales under federal laws.

With Professor Kim Rubenstein, Brad is the editor of a collection of essays published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. The collection, Environmental Discourses in Public and International Law, brings together international legal and humanities scholars to analyse the dominant ways of knowing, constructing and presenting information about global environmental 'problems' and 'solutions'.

Brad has been a visiting scholar with Oxford University's Faculty of Law and Wolfson College, and at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was affiliated with the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment. While based in North America, Brad undertook funded research for the Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre. This research involved comparing the land use planning and safety aspects of pipeline regulation on the urban fringe across a number of jurisdictions. Brad has also undertaken detailed research on Australian marine protected areas, Vietnam's environmental laws, and the planning law conflict around wind farms.

Brad completed his PhD with the Australian National University in 2019 on the topic of concepts of justice in Australian environmental law. His PhD, which critiqued the law from a theoretical and philosophical perspective, responds to the question: Are Australia's environmental laws just? Brad graduated with first-class Honours in science and law from Monash University. At Monash, Brad was an Assistant Editor of the Monash University Law Review. Brad has a Masters degree in geography from the University of Cambridge, where he studied on a Commonwealth Scholarship.

Brad is admitted to practise law. He worked in commercial practice from 2001 to 2006. During that time he advised clients in long-running legal disputes and discrete legal matters concerning environmental impact assessment, town planning, property and land access, pollution, and environmental torts.


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