Erika Techera

Professor, LLB Technol.Syd., MEnvLaw LLM PhD Macq.

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

    6009 Perth


  • 115 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
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Personal profile


Erika is an international and comparative environmental lawyer with particular emphasis on marine environmental law and the legal protection of cultural heritage relating to the oceans. Her research explores Indo-Pacific maritime issues: marine environmental law, marine protected area governance, migratory species and marine pollution, as well as international law for the conservation and management of wildlife and habitats. Her most recent projects include the intersection of climate change and fisheries law; transnational maritime crime and IUU fishing; rigs-to-reefs law and policy; and intangible marine heritage. She teaches three postgraduate subjects: Oceans Governance, International Environmental Law and Global Heritage Governance. Erika is the author of more than 50 publications including books, chapters and journal articles, and regularly presents public lectures and at academic conferences. She supervises law and non-law research students.

Roles and responsibilities

Erika is a Professor of Law in the UWA Law School. She was formerly the Director of the UWA Oceans Institute and before that Dean of the Faculty of Law. Before becoming an academic Erika practised as a barrister in Sydney for over 7 years. She has also been a company director.

Current projects

Outputs accepted for publications:

  1. Erika Techera and Gundula Winter (eds), Marine Extremes: Ocean Safety, Marine Health and the Blue Economy (Earthscan/Routledge, forthcoming 2019).
  2. Erika Techera, ‘Legal approaches to shark conservation and management across the Indo-Pacific small island States’,Transnational Environmental Law (accepted for publication 2018).
  3. Erika Techera, ‘A response from beyond the public policy school’ Global Policy (accepted for publication 2018).
  4. Erika Techera, ‘Protected area law in Seychelles: legal complexity in a micro-jurisdiction’ International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law (accepted for publication 2018).
  5. Erika Techera, ‘Shark Sanctuaries as Vehicles for Transplanting Conservation Tools in Disparate Legal Jurisdictions’ in Vito Breda (ed) Legal Transplants in East Asia and Oceania, (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2019).
  6. Erika Techera and Krishnee Appadoo, ‘Achieving SDG14 in the African independent island States of the Western Indian Ocean’ in David Mickler (eds) Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals (Springer, forthcoming 2019).
  7. Erika Techera and Gundula Winter, ‘Introduction’ ’in Gundula Winter and Erika Techera (eds), Marine Extremes: Ocean Safety, Marine Health and the Blue Economy (Earthscan/Routledge, forthcoming 2019).
  8. Erika Techera and Gundula Winter, ‘Addressing the challenges and harnessing the benefits of marine extremes’ ’in Gundula Winter and Erika Techera (eds), Marine Extremes: Ocean Safety, Marine Health and the Blue Economy (Earthscan/Routledge, forthcoming 2019).
  9. Erika Techera and Gundula Winter, ‘The science, social science and governance of extremes ’in Gundula Winter and Erika Techera (eds), Marine Extremes: Ocean Safety, Marine Health and the Blue Economy (Earthscan/Routledge, forthcoming 2019).
  10. Jade Lindley, Erika Techera and DG Webster, ‘Extreme human behaviours ’in Gundula Winter and Erika Techera (eds), Marine Extremes: Ocean Safety, Marine Health and the Blue Economy (Earthscan/Routledge, forthcoming 2019).
  11. Erika Techera, ‘International law and institutional responses to climate change and fisheries management in the Indian Ocean’ in Jan McDonald, Jeffrey McGhee and Richard Barnes (eds) Research Handbook on Climate Change, Oceans and Coasts (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2019).
  12. Jade Lindley and Erika Techera, `Using Routine Activity Theory to Explain Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported Fishing in the Indo-Pacific' in Saskia Hufnagel and Anton Moiseienko, Criminal Networks and Law Enforcement: Global/International Perspectives on Illicit Enterprise (Routledge, forthcoming 2019) Perspectives/Hufnagel-Moiseienko/p/book/9780815386001.
  13. Jade Lindley and Erika Techera, ‘Controlling IUU Fishing through Problem-Oriented Policing’ in Saskia Hufnagel and Anton Moiseienko, Policing Transnational Crime: Law Enforcement of Criminal Flows (Routledge, forthcoming 2019) Enforcement-of-Criminal-Flows/Hufnagel-Moiseienko/p/book/9780815354635.


Future research

• MPAs in action: making paper parks effective
• Marine environmental law across Indo-Pacific SIDS
• Legal protection of traditional fishing and hunting rights
• Conservation status, cultural values and legal protections for lesser known species
• Environmental history and the origins of conservation laws
• Law and conchology

Funding overview

• 2017 UWA Research Impact Grant – R Lowe, A Paterson, E Techera & Ors – Strategic outreach activities to promote UWA's expansion of renewable wave energy research in Albany - $19,500
• 2017 UQ-UWA Collaboration Award - E Techera and J Lindley - Enhancing maritime security: Unconventional responses to evolving maritime crimes - $10,000
• 2014 LE14 ARC LIEF Project – E Techera with 21 others - The International Law Library on WorldLII: New content and facilities for the leading repository and citator for international law - $406,505
• 2013-2015 ARC Discovery Project (DP130102861) – N Klein & E Techera - Improving the Global Governance of Sharks: Obstacles, Options and Opportunities $101,000
• 2013 UWA Near Miss Support Grant – E Techera – Enhancing Legal Frameworks in the Indian Ocean - $16,272
• 2011 Macquarie Safety Net Grant - N Klein & E Techera - Legal Regimes for the Conservation and Management of Sharks: Integrating Local, National, Regional and International Strategies - $25,000
• 2011 Legal Scholarship Support Fund (LSSF) - E Techera - Palau’s Shark Sanctuary: Challenges and Opportunities - $3,500
• 2010-2012 Macquarie University Research Development Grant (MQRDG) - E Techera & N Klein - Overcoming Governance Gaps in the Legal Regulation of Shark Eco-Tourism - $34,000
• 2010 Legal Scholarship Support Fund (LSSF) – E Techera - Good Environmental Governance: International law for shark conservation and management - $3,750
• 2009-2010 Macquarie University New Staff Grant (MQNS) - E Techera - Conserving intangible heritage in the South Pacific - $19,000

Previous positions

2017 Director, Oceans Institute, University of Western Australia
2013-2016 Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Western Australia
2012 - date Professor, UWA Law School, 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

LAWS5175 Heritage Governance
LAWS5114 International Environmental Law
OCEN4001 Oceans Governance


• International environmental law
• Marine environmental governance
• Intangible heritage law
• Comparative environmental law in small island states
• Customary and community-based marine management
• Global governance of sharks



Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, Macquarie University

Education, Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, Macquarie University

Law, LLM, Macquarie University

Law, Master of Environmental Law, Macquarie University

Law, LLB (Hons), University of Technology Sydney

External positions

Commissioner, WA Speedway Commission

May 2018 → …

WA Maritime Museum Advisory Cmmittee , WA Museum

2018 → …


  • Environmental
  • Law
  • Oceans
  • International Law/ Environmental Law
  • Maritime Law/ Governance
  • Environmental Law
  • Marine Management
  • Heritage
  • Oceans governance
  • Marine environmental law
  • Heritage law and policy
  • Indigenous peoples and the law
  • Pacific Island States and customary law
  • Shark conservation and management
  • International environmental law

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Projects 2013 2018

Research Output 2005 2018

good governance
legal provision
2 Citations

Eyes in the sea: Unlocking the mysteries of the ocean using industrial, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs)

Macreadie, P. I., McLean, D. L., Thomson, P. G., Partridge, J. C., Jones, D. O. B., Gates, A. R., Benfield, M. C., Collin, S. P., Booth, D. J., Smith, L. L., Techera, E., Skropeta, D., Horton, T., Pattiaratchi, C., Bond, T. & Fowler, A. M., 1 Sep 2018, In : Science of the Total Environment. 634, p. 1077-1091 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Remotely operated vehicles
remotely operated vehicle

Illegal Fishing and Australian Security

Techera, E., Lindley, J. & Percy, S., 2018, In : Australian Journal of International Affairs.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

natural resources
natural resource

Marine protected areas: Contemporary challenges and developments

Techera, E., 31 Jul 2018, International Marine Environmental Law and Policy. Hassan, D. & Karim, S. (eds.). USA: Routledge, 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

protected area
marine resource

Motivators for IUU Fishing in the Indo-Pacific

Lindley, J. & Techera, E., 2 Oct 2018, Transnational Crime: European and Chinese Perspectives. Mitsilegas, V., Hufnagel, S., Moiseienko, A., Yanan, S. & Mingxiang, L. (eds.). Routledge, p. 235-251 (The Queen Mary-Renmin series on comparative criminal justice issues).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter


Fellow, Australian Academy of Law

Erika Techera (Recipient), 1 Jan 2014

Prize/award: Honorary award

Activities 2017 2018

  • 2 Visiting an external academic institution
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Consultancy

University of Seychelles

Erika Techera (Visiting researcher)
1 Mar 20181 Apr 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

University of Mauritius

Erika Techera (Visiting researcher)
Feb 2018Apr 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

Matariki Workshop: Marine Extremes

Erika Techera (Participant)
2017 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Law, Policy and Governance of Mangroves in Small Island Developing States

Erika Techera (Consultant), Wygene Chong (Advisor)
Aug 2017Dec 2017

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy


Heritage Governance

Erika Techera


Teaching unit (UWA): Course