Careers and cutting-edge research in law and the environment
Tuesday 1 August 2023, 1-2pm, Room 628In this panel session, three current CREEL graduate researchers shared their career stories and a little about their current PhD research and where it will take them, post-PhD.Careers in law and the environment at a panel session
- Past project
Strategic Litigation on Climate in Europe
This project, now in Phase 2, evaluates the impacts of a targeted program of climate litigation and associated shareholder/investor activism, which has been funded by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and is being implemented by the public interest environmental law NGO ClientEarth, based in the United Kingdom.
Watch: River Futures
Revisit this seminar by Ms Lidia Cano Pecharroman, PhD candidate MIT and Mr Cyrille Vallet, PhD candidate, Universities of Geneva (Switzerland) and Lyon (France), who presented two perspectives on the role of law and regulation in shaping our future relationship with rivers in the USA and Europe. The seminar was held at the Law School on Wednesday 12 July 2023.Recording of River Futures. Presented by Ms Lidia Cano Pecharroman, PhD candidate MIT and Mr Cyrille Vallet, PhD candidate, Universities of Geneva (Switzerland) and Lyon (France).
Watch: Groundwater and Climate Change Panel Discussion
Co-hosted with the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, and the Australian Chapter of IAH the panel discussed groundwater and climate change.The event was held on 25 May 2023.Groundwater and Climate Change Panel Discussion
The public interest, law and the environment: Tasmanian Dam 40 years on
Thursday 17 August 2023, 4.30-7pm, Room 317CREEL and MLS Clinics program co-hosted an informal panel session about public interest litigation related to the environment for the Melbourne Law School staff and students.The public interest, law and the environment: Tasmanian Dam 40 years on
Watch: Property, acquisition and compensation: environmental regulation and cultural loss
Professor Lee Godden (Director, CREEL) presented a seminar on the topic of Property, acquisition and compensation: environmental regulation and cultural loss, on Tuesday 3 May 2022.Recording of the seminar: Property, acquisition and compensation: environmental regulation and cultural loss. Presented by Professor Lee Godden
Watch: China's Energy Law and Energy Sector in the Context of Carbon Neutrality Objective
Dr Hao Zhang, Assistant Professor, and Deputy LLM Programme Director (Energy and Environmental Law), Faculty of Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong discussed his research on China's energy law in a seminar series hosted by CREEL, on Thursday 21 July 2022.Recording of 'China's Energy Law and Energy Sector in the Context of Carbon Neutrality Objective'.
- Past project
Corporate Energy Transition
Funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant (DP160100255) for 2016-2019, this project explores how corporate and securities law mechanisms can be used to incentivise private sector transition to clean energy sources and business practices.
Environmental offsets: problems and possibilities across carbon, water and biodiversity
Thursday 19 October 2023, 12.30-2.15pm, Room 317MCLE Annual ForumPolicies and laws for environmental offsets are now used across domains as diverse as greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity and water at both international and national levels around the world. Despite their growth and the controversy that framework for offsets have often attracted, there has been little attention to the potential for lesson-learning across different offset domains.This forum aims to start this cross-cutting discussion with a panel of two speakers reflecting on offsets in different contexts.Environmental offsets: problems and possibilities across carbon, water and biodiversity
Environmental lawyering and professional responsibilities in crisis?
Monday, 11 September 2023, 4.00-5.30pm, Room 317A discussion with Steven VaughanAs a species and as a planet, we are facing significant environmental harms, many of which are highly likely to only get worse over time - climate change, air pollution, biodiversity loss, deforestation, chemical harms, waste pollution, poor water quality, and so on. Somewhere in the story of each of these forms of environmental harm are environmental lawyers. They work in law firms large and small; they work for the government and regulators as civil servants; they work in-house in large corporations and charities. These lawyers lubricate, lobby, legislate, and litigate for their clients. In his recent inaugural professorial lecture and paper, Professor Steven Vaughan has suggested that some of the environmental harms that environmental lawyers help their clients bring about, ‘perfectly legally’, raise important and significant questions about the ethics of that lawyering. Do environmental lawyers do things that cost society – in the form of environmental harms – too much? And does legal ethics (written down in regulatory rulebooks and, more generally, in the theories of lawyers’ ethics) help or hinder those actions?In September we hosted a discussion with Steven Vaughan about environmental lawyering and professional responsibilities and also heard from other legal scholars and practitioners working on lawyers’ roles and responsibilities in our current environmental predicament.Co-hosted by CREEL, Melbourne Climate Futures, and the Australian Legal Ethics Network at Melbourne Law School.A discussion with Steven Vaughan about environmental lawyering and professional responsibilities.
- Past project
Transition to a Clean Energy Future: The Role of Climate Litigation
This innovative project analysed the capacity of climate litigation in key fossil-fuel producing countries, Australia and the US, to influence regulation so contributing to putting these nations on the path to a clean energy future. This project was funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP 130100500) between 2013-2018.
List of publications by the Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law's members.
- Current project
Climate Fresk is a series of workshop hosted by CREEL, empowering people with the climate science.
Watch: the River Moorabool film screening
Recording of the Melbourne launch of "the River Moorabool" film online screening on 23 September 2021.
- Current project
Sustainable Food Systems
This project aims to build the climate resilience of Melbourne's food system by assessing its ability to survive potential shocks and stresses related to climate change (such as drought, storms, floods and bushfires).
Readings with IILAH
The Institute for International Law and the Humanities hosts a range of reading groups throughout the academic year at the Melbourne Law School.
- Teaching resource
Australian Climate Change Litigation Database
This is the first comprehensive Database of Australian case law relating to climate change.
Institute for International Law and the Humanities
The Institute for International Law and the Humanities (IILAH) is dedicated to integrating the study of international law with contemporary approaches to the humanities. IILAH facilitates and promotes innovative research and critical thinking on emerging questions of international law, governance, human rights and justice, positioning Melbourne Law School as one of the leading institutions for international legal scholarship in the world.
This page contains a list of events in 2022
Graduate Researchers Seminar: Addressing Marine Plastic Pollution
- Researcher profile
Academic members of the Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law.
- News item
Inaugural AALTRA Prize 2022
Inaugural AALTRA Australian Animal Law Research PrizeThe Australasian Animal Law Teachers’ and Researchers’ Association Inc (AALTRA) Australian Animal Law Research Prize will be awarded for the most outstanding contribution to the field of animal law by an Australasian scholar/student (whether by residence or birth) or whose work has a focus on these jurisdictions.Inaugural AALTRA Australian Animal Law Research Prize 2022
- Researcher profile
Margaret A Young
Academic profile of Professor Margaret Young, Melbourne Law School