Centre for Environmental Law (CEL)

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About Us

Established in 1983, The Centre for Environmental Law (CEL) is Australia's oldest continually functioning environmental law centre. The CEL mission is to drive transformative change through futures focused interdisciplinary legal research that provides cutting edge solutions to the global challenges of biodiversity loss and extinction risk. Our members have unique expertise in the field of biodiversity law and governance. We collaborate with industry, government and civil society to develop tools and implement practices towards a thriving planet for nature and people. 

Strategic Priorities

Our strategic priorities are: Re-imagining Human-Nature Relationships; Driving transformative change in the Anthropocene; Developing better legal tools to address biodiveristy loss

Governance & History

The CEL is governed by an executive group, with support of a distinguished advisory board including 

- Prof. Ben Boer (Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney)
- Prof. Lesley Hughes (Professor, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research at Macquarie University)
- The Hon. Justice Brian Preston SC (Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court in New South Wales)
- Prof. Benjamin J. Richardson (Professor in the University of Tasmania’s Faculty of Law and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies)
- Prof. QIN Tianbao (Professor and Director of Research Institute of Environmental Law, School of Law, Wuhan University, China)
- Prof. Nilufer Oral (Director, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore)
- Dr Nick Brunton (Partner, Norton Rose Australia)

Centre Leadership

Director: Associate Professor Nengye Liu

Deputy Director: Dr Hannah Harris

Executive Group Members: Nengye Liu, Hannah Harris, Michelle Lim, Paul Govind and Shireen Daft

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