Erika Techera

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

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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I am an international and comparative environmental lawyer with particular emphasis on marine governance. My research explores Indo-Pacific maritime issues: marine environmental law, including marine protected area governance, 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. I am the Australian National Focal Point for the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Academic Group (IORAG).

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 has several external board positions.

Current projects

Forthcoming publications

  • Clare Mouat, Erika Techera, Lies Notebaert, Meredith Blake and Renae Barker, '(Un)earthly governance: beyond functional frameworks to flourishing spacescapes' (2021) Journal of Property, Planning adn Environmental Law (forthcoming).

  • Erika Techera, 'The Indian Ocean region and marine environmental law', in Rosemary Rayfuse, Natalie Klein, Aline Jaeckel and Ben Milligan (Eds) Research Handbook on International Marine Environmental Law (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2021).

  • Erika Techera, 'Advancing a Sustainable Blue economy: The Case of Indian Ocean Fisheries Governance' in Simone Borg, Patricia Vella de Fremeaux and Felicity Attard (Eds) Research Handbook in Law on Ocean Governance (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2021).
  • Ahmed Adham Abdulla and Erika Techera, 'Environmental crimes: A framework for detection, monitoring and enforcement in the Maldives', Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy (forthcoming 2021).
  • Erika Techera, 'Enriching the environmental law classroom: combining mixed cohorts and intensive mode teaching' in Amanda Kennedy, Anél du Plessis, Robert Fowler, Evan Hamman, Ceri Warnock (eds) Environmental law: Pedagogy, Methodology and Best Practice (IUCN, forthcoming 2020).
  • Erika Techera, 'Deforestation, climate change and the emergence of legal responses: the international influence of Pierre Poivre’s environmental leadership,' Royal Society for Arts & Sciences of Mauritius/Académie des Sciences et des Belles Lettres of Lyon (forthcoming 2021).
  • Erika Techera and Abdi Fatah Hassan, 'Fisheries and Aquaculture Governance in West Indian Ocean States' in Donald Sparks (Ed) The Blue Economy in Sub-Saharan Africa (Routledge 2021).
  • Erika Techera, 'The role of informal lawmaking in facilitating the transfer of marine technologies and data sharing', in Natalie Klein (ed) Informal Lawmaking: Meaning and Significance for the Law of the Sea (CUP, 2021).

 Work in progress

  • Compliance and enforcement of heritage law in Australia and New Zealand
  • Law and conchology
  • Space heritage: legal protection, management measures and presentation obligations
  • Implementation of international marine pollution law in Indian Ocean states

Future research

  • RFMOs, fisheries governance and climate change in the Indian Ocean region 
  • Legal frameworks to address marine plastic pollution in IORA countries
  • Legal recognition of sentinel 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
  • LAWS5175 Heritage Governance: from global to local
  • LAWS5184 Cooperative Education for Enterprise Development
  • LAWS5260 Law, Policy and Government
  • LAWS5509/5510 Advanced Legal Research
  • LAWS5577 Space and Satellite Law
  • OCEN/LAWS4001 Oceans Governance


  • 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



Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, Macquarie University

Award Date: 24 Sep 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 Sep 2005

Law, LLB (Hons), University of Technology Sydney

Award Date: 29 Sep 1993

External positions

Board, AIMS Council, Australian Institute of Marine Science


Board, The Heritage Council of Western Australia


Director, Australian Academy of Law

2019 → …

Commissioner, WA Speedway Commission

2018Dec 2020

WA Maritime Museum 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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