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 several 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.

Professor Peel 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.

Professor Peel's research interests are in the areas of environmental law (domestic and international), risk regulation and the role of science and climate change law. Her books on these topics, include The Role of International Environmental Law in Disaster Risk REduction (ed with D. Fisher, Brill, 2016); Climate Change Litigation: Regulatory Pathways to Cleaner Energy (with H. Osofsky, 2015, CUP); 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 and 4th edn forthcoming); 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 field of climate change law, Professor Peel has held several ARC grants: to examine the regulatory framework for responding to climate change in Australia (2009-2011 with L. Godden and R. Keenan); on the role of climate change litigation in transitioning to a clean energy future (2012-2017, with H. Osofsky); and on legal mechanisms for promoting corporate energy transition (2016-2018, with H. Osofsky and B. McDonnell). In 2009, Jacqueline secured a US Studies Centre grant to undertake a comparative analysis of Californian and Australian climate change law. Professor Peel has also been 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 (2012-2015).


Melbourne Law Masters

Other School and University Responsibilities

JD Course Director (Students) 2011-2

Memberships and Affiliations

ANZSIL Council Member

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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