Organisation profile

About Us

Established in 1983, Macquarie University's Centre for Environmental Law (CEL) is Australia's oldest continually functioning environmental law centre. Our mission is to drive transformative change through cutting-edge interdisciplinary research that provides solutions to the triple planetary crisis of environmental pollution, climate change and biodiversity loss. CEL researchers have expertise in the fields of sustainable development, business and human rights, environmental law, climate change, ecocide, food systems, ocean governance and biodiversity law.

CEL collaborates with UN agencies, governments, universities, think tanks, businesses and civil society organisations to develop effective law and policy tools to support a sustainable common future. We have built strong collaborative links with research centres and other partners in Asia Pacific.

Strategic Priorities

Our strategic research priorities are: Sustainable development; Responsible business; Regenerative food systems; Climate change; and Eco-justice

Governance & History

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

- Prof Ben Boer (Emeritus Professor, University of Sydney)
- Dr Nick Brunton (Partner, Norton Rose Australia) 
- Prof Martina Linnenluecke (Professor, UTS Business School, Sydney)
- Hon Justice Brian Preston SC (Chief Judge, Land and Environment Court, New South Wales)
- Prof Benjamin J. Richardson (Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania)
- Prof QIN Tianbao (Professor and Director of Research Institute of Environmental Law, Wuhan University)

Centre Leadership

Director: Professor Surya Deva

Deputy Director: Dr Constantinos Yiallourides 

Executive Group: Surya Deva, Constantinos Yiallourides, Shawkat Alam, Cathy Sherry, and Peter Davies


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