• The University of Western Australia (M253), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • M468
    35 Stirling Highway
    Crawley

    Australia

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Personal profile

Biography

I am an environmental law specialist with particular emphasis on marine governance. My research explores Indo-Pacific maritime issues: marine environmental law, including marine protected area law and policy, migratory and invasive species, and marine pollution, as well as maritime history and heritage. My most recent projects include the intersection of climate change and fisheries law; non-traditional security threats (climate change, pollution and IUU fishing); marine environmental law for the blue economy in Indian Ocean states; and safeguarding marine and maritime heritage.  

Roles and responsibilities

I am a Professor of Law in the UWA Law School. I was formerly the Interim Pro Vice Chancellor (International) (2019), Director of the UWA Oceans Institute (2017) and before that Dean of the Faculty of Law (2013-2016). Before becoming an academic I practised as a barrister in Sydney for over 7 years. I have also been a company director and currently have several external board positions.

Current projects

  • Compliance and enforcement in ANZ heritage legislation
  • Global legal analysis for kelp forests
  • Law and conchology
  • Conserving space heritage 
  • Oceans, seas and shorelines in law

Future research

  • Protection of wildflowers in Australian states and territories
  • Legal recognition of sentinel, keystone and lesser known species
  • Safeguarding traditional fishing and hunting rights
  • Shipwrecks and maritime heritage protection in the Indo-Pacific
  • Space debris mitigation law and policy

Previous positions

2019 Pro Vice Chancellor (International), University of Western Australia (Interim)
2017 Director, Oceans Institute, University of Western Australia
2013-2016 Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Western Australia
2011 Co-Director, Centre for Climate Futures, Macquarie University
2009-2011 Director, Centre for International & Environmental Law, Macquarie University
2007-2011 Senior Lecturer, Macquarie University
1998-2005 Barrister, Garfield Barwick Chambers, Sydney
1996-2005 Director, SearchTech Services Pty Limited, Sydney

Industrial relevance

  • Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors 2018
  • Barrister 1998-2005
  • Company Director 1996-2005

Teaching overview

  • LAWS5114 International Environmental Law
  • LAWS5260 Law, Policy and Government
  • LAWS6979 Advanced legal theory and research methodology
  • LAWS5577 Space and Satellite Law

Research

  • International environmental law
  • Marine environmental governance
  • Comparative environmental law in small island states
  • Global governance of sharks and marine megafauna 
  • Legal and maritime history and heritage
  • Heritage governance 
  • Remote sensing and the application of satellite data for environmental enforcement

Languages

English

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, Macquarie University

Award Date: 24 Sept 2009

Education, Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, Macquarie University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2009

Law, LLM, Macquarie University

Award Date: 18 Apr 2007

Law, Master of Environmental Law, Macquarie University

Award Date: 26 Sept 2005

Law, LLB (Hons), University of Technology Sydney

Award Date: 29 Sept 1993

External positions

Director, Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management Incorporated

Oct 2021Oct 2024

Board, AIMS Council, Australian Institute of Marine Science

Mar 2020Mar 2025

Board, The Heritage Council of Western Australia

Jan 2020Dec 2023

Director, Australian Academy of Law

Oct 2019Oct 2021

Commissioner, WA Speedway Commission

Jun 2018Dec 2020

WA Fremantle Museums Advisory Committee, Western Australian Museum

2018 → …

Industry keywords

  • Environmental
  • Law
  • Oceans
  • Space

Research expertise keywords

  • International Law/ Environmental Law
  • Maritime Law/ Governance
  • Environmental Law
  • Indian Ocean
  • Cultural heritage law and policy
  • Oceans governance
  • Marine environmental law
  • Indigenous peoples and the law
  • Pacific Island States and customary law
  • Shark conservation and management
  • International environmental law
  • Law enforcement using satellite data

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