Watch: Resources Law and Public Policy Revisited

Resources Law and Public Policy Revisited

CREEL Annual Lecture 2022

Thursday, 3 November 2022
12.00 - 1.00 PM (hybrid)

Nigel Bankes

Delivered by Emeritus Professor Michael Crommelin of Melbourne Law School. Professor Crommelin revisited Australia's public policy on natural resources management. The Q&A session was chaired by Professor Lee Godden (Melbourne Law School) with the vote of thanks, given by Professor Matthew Harding (Dean, Melbourne Law School)

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Australia is richly endowed with natural resources. The management of these resources presents enduring challenges. This lecture examines constitutional foundations of management of natural resources in Australia: colonisation, self-government, federation, property, jurisdiction and private engagement. It concludes that management goes well beyond mere regulation; it imposed demanding responsibilities.


Emeritus Professor Michael Crommelin was Zelman Cowen Professor of Law in the Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne from 1985 until his retirement in 2021. He was Dean of the Melbourne Law School from 1989 to 2002, from 2003 until 2007, and in 2010.

Professor Crommelin holds the degrees of BA and LLB (Hons) from the University of Queensland, and LLM and PhD from the University of British Columbia. And throughout his distinguished career, he has held several visiting academic appointments including a Visiting Professor in the Peter A Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia in 2017.

He was admitted as an Australian lawyer in 1969, has been a member of the American Law Institute since 1998, and was elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2010. He has served on committees of legal professional bodies including the Council of the Section on Energy and Resources Law of the International Bar Association and the Resources, Energy and Environment Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia. He was a foundation member of AMPLA (now Energy & Resources Law Association), a not-for-profit professional organisation for energy and resources lawyers, was its president in 1985-6, and is now a life member.

In 2009 he was appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to the law and legal education.

Professor Crommelin was also one of the founding members of Centre of Resources and Energy Law (CREL), which later became the Centre of Resources, Energy and Environmental Law. He stayed as an Associate Director until recently.