Organization profile

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 future-focused interdisciplinary research that provides cutting edge solutions to the triple global challenges of environmental pollution, climate change and biodiversity loss . Our members have unique expertise in the fields of sustainable development, business and human rights, environmental law, climate change and biodiversity governance. We collaborate with UN agencies, governments, businesses and civil society organisations to develop effective law and policy tools to support a thriving planet for nature and people. 

Strategic Priorities

Our strategic priorities are: Harnessing the role of business in inclusive and sustainable development; Re-imagining human-nature relationships; Responding to environmental pollution and climate change; and Addressing biodiversity 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: Professor Surya Deva

Deputy Director: Paul Govind

Executive Group: Surya Deva, Paul Govind and Peter Davies


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