Erika Techera

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

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

    6009 Perth


  • 185 Citations
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Personal profile


Erika is an international and comparative environmental lawyer with particular emphasis on marine governance. Her research explores Indo-Pacific maritime issues: marine environmental law, marine protected area governance, migratory species and marine pollution, maritime history and heritage, as well as international law for the conservation of wildlife and habitats. 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; and safeguarding marine and maritime heritage. Erika is the author of more than 100 publications including books, chapters and journal articles, and regularly presents public lectures and at national and international conferences. She supervises law and non-law research students working on environmental, marine and maritime projects.

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

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, 'Indian Ocean fisheries regulation: exploring participatory approaches to support small-scale fishing in six States' Journal of the Indian Ocean Region (2020).
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
  5. 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

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, Heritage Council of WA

2020 → …

Director, Australian Academy of Law

2019 → …

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
  • 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 2005 2019

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

Techera, E., 2019, In : Journal of the Indian Ocean Region. DOI: 10.1080/19480881.2019.1581518.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Achieving Blue Economy Goals

Techera, E., 2019, In : Seychelles Research Journal. 1, 2, p. 5 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Achieving SDG 14 in the African Small Island Developing States of the Indian Ocean

Techera, E. & Appadoo, K., 2019, Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals. Mickler, D. & Ramutsindela, M. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer, p. 219 227 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Addressing the challenges and harnessing the benefits of marine extremes

Techera, E. & Winter, G., 2019, Marine Extremes: Ocean Safety, Marine Health and the Blue Economy . UK: Routledge, p. 219-225 7 p. (Earthscan Oceans).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

A Response from Beyond the Public Policy School

Techera, E. J., Feb 2019, In : Global Policy. 10, 1, p. 100-101 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Projects 2013 2021


Fellow, Australian Academy of Law

Erika Techera (Recipient), 1 Jan 2014

Prize: Honorary award

Activities 2017 2019

  • 6 Consultancy/collaboration
  • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 2 Visiting an external academic institution

UNODC Legal Expert Group meeting

Erika Techera (Consultant)
15 Oct 201917 Oct 2019

Activity: Consultancy/industry and government engagementConsultancy/collaboration

Peer Review of Report on "Mangrove governance for conservation and sustainable use"

Erika Techera (Consultant)
1 Apr 20191 May 2019

Activity: Consultancy/industry and government engagementConsultancy/collaboration

Leveraging the Indonesia-Australia Joint Declaration on Maritime Cooperation

Erika Techera (Organiser), Julian Clifton (Organiser), Jade Lindley (Organiser), Malcolm McCulloch (Organiser)
23 Sep 201925 Sep 2019

Activity: Conferences and workshopsParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Implementing UNCLOS and other International Instruments to address Emerging Maritime Issues

Erika Techera (Consultant)
26 Feb 201927 Feb 2019

Activity: Consultancy/industry and government engagementConsultancy/collaboration

Director, Australian Academy of Law

Erika Techera (Consultant)
2019 → …

Activity: Consultancy/industry and government engagementConsultancy/collaboration