Erika Techera

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

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

    6009 Perth


  • 240 Citations
  • 10 h-Index

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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. Her 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

Erika is a Professor of Law in the UWA Law School. She 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 Erika practised as a barrister in Sydney for over 7 years. She has also been a company director and currently has several external positions.

Current projects

Book Projects

  1. Co-editor (with J Lindley, K Scott & A Telesetsky) of the 2nd Edition of the Routledge Handbook of International Environmental Law (2020)
  2. Co-editor (with Paul Harris) of the Routledge Handbook of Marine Governance and Global Environmental Change (2021)

Other future publications:

  1. Erika Techera, 'Endangered and invasive species: Pacific island legal responses to complex environmental challenges' (forthcoming 2020).
  2. Erika Techera, 'Enriching the environmental law classroom: combining mixed cohorts and intensive mode teaching' in R Fowler Environmental law: Pedagogy, Methodology and Best Practice (IUCN, forthcoming 2020).
  3. 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 2020).
  4. 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 2020).


Future research

RFMOs, fisheries governance and climate change in the Indian Ocean region 
• Legal frameworks for marine plastic pollution in IORA countries
• Safeguarding traditional fishing and hunting rights
• Law and conchology
• Shipwrecks and maritime heritage protection in the Indo-Pacific
• Space 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

LAWS5577 Space Law, Satellites and Drones
LAWS5114 International Environmental Law
OCEN4001 Oceans Governance
LAWS5175 Heritage Governance: from global to local


• International environmental law
• Marine environmental governance
• Comparative environmental law in small island states
• Global governance of sharks and lesser known species
• Legal and maritime history and heritage
• Heritage governance



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

Board, AIMS Council, Australian Institute of Marine Science


Board, The Heritage Council of Western Australia

2020 → …

Director, Australian Academy of Law

2019 → …

Commissioner, WA Speedway Commission

May 2018 → …

WA Maritime Museum Advisory Cmmittee , Western Australian Museum

2018 → …

Industry keywords

  • Environmental
  • Law
  • Oceans

Research expertise keywords

  • International Law/ Environmental Law
  • Maritime Law/ Governance
  • Environmental Law
  • Indian Ocean
  • 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

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Research Output

Abraham’s luggage: a social life of things in the medieval Indian Ocean world

Techera, E., 2020, In : Journal of the Indian Ocean Region. 16, 1, p. 119-120 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

A critical analysis of marine protected area legislation across state and territory jurisdictions in Australia

Yin, M. & Techera, E., Aug 2020, In : Marine Policy. 118, 104019.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Controlling IUU Fishing through Problem-Oriented Policing

    Lindley, J. & Techera, E., 13 May 2020, Policing Transnational Crime : Law Enforcement of Criminal Flows. Hufnagel, S. & Moiseienko, A. (eds.). Routledge

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

    Endangered and Invasive Species: Pacific Island Legal Responses to Complex Environmental Challenges

    Techera, E., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Environmental Law and Governance in the Pacific. Werwerinke-Singh, M. & Hamman, E. (eds.). 1 ed. Routledge

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter



    Fellow, Australian Academy of Law

    Erika Techera (Recipient), 1 Jan 2014

    Prize: Honorary award


    Heritage Council of WA (External organisation)

    Erika Techera (Member)
    2020 → …

    Activity: MembershipsMembership of board/school board or association

    6th Frontiers in Environmental Law Colloquium

    Erika Techera (Organiser)
    13 Feb 202014 Feb 2020

    Activity: Conferences and workshopsContribution or participation in a conference

    Unit Development - OCEN4001 Oceans Governance

    Erika Techera (Coordinator)
    Jan 2020Mar 2020

    Activity: Teaching and learningCourse or unit development

    The Great Circle (Journal)

    Erika Techera (Editor)

    Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsEditorial activity

    Press / Media

    So you want to be a space lawyer?

    Erika Techera


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media