Emeritus Professor Ben Boer

LLB BA (Hons) LLM (Melbourne)

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Ben Boer was appointed as Emeritus Professor in the University of Sydney in late 2008. In 2011 he was appointed as Distinguished Professor at Wuhan University Law School in its Research Institute of Environmental Law. He now teaches in Wuhan for around three months a year. Between 2006 and 2008, he was the international Co-Director of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Academy of Environmental Law and Visiting Professor based at the University of Ottawa. He was appointed as Deputy Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law in 2012, a position he will hold until 2016.


Formerly, Ben was Professor in Environmental Law, University of Sydney (1997 -2008) and the Corrs Chambers Westgarth Professor of Environmental Law, University of Sydney (1992-1996). Prior to that, at Macquarie University, he was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor, School of Law (1979-1991) and part-time Lecturer in the Graduate School of the Environment, and Tutor and Lecturer, Department of Legal Studies, La Trobe University (1974-1979).

Together with colleagues at the University of Sydney, the Australian National University and the University of Adelaide, he founded of the Australian Centre for Environmental Law; at Sydney Law School this body is now called the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law.

Ben has served as a consultant to various intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and foreign aid agencies in the following countries: China, Federated States of Micronesia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, New Caledonia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, and Vietnam, as well as conducting research for various departments of the Australian Federal Government.

Ben has published widely in the area of environmental and natural resources law and policy. A representative list of publications appears below.

Research interests

  • International environmental law
  • Comparative environmental law
  • Natural and cultural heritage law
  • Environmental law in the Asia Pacific
  • Indonesian environmental law
  • International and domestic law relating to protected areas, soils and forests

Selected grants

2011

  • Mekong Laws: Scales, Sites and Impacts of 'Hard' and 'Soft' Law in Mekong River Basin Governance; Johns F, Saul B, Hirsch P, Boer B; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
  • Mekong Laws: Scales, Sites and Impacts of ‘Hard’ and ‘Soft’ Law in Mekong River Basin Governance; Johns F, Saul B, Hirsch P, Boer B; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2003

  • Network on integrated regulation of biotechnology:law, science and ethics- the bioreg network; Kerridge I, Boer B; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Special Research Initiatives (SRI).

2000

  • Sustainable development law - China and Australia; Franklin N, Boer B; IDP Education Australia Ltd/Australia-China Institutional Links Program.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Boer, B., Hirsch, P., Johns, F., Saul, B., Scurrah, N. (2015). The Mekong: A Socio-legal Approach to River Basin Development (Forthcoming). United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Boer, B., Wiffen, G. (2006). Heritage Law in Australia. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Boer, B. (2004). Heritage Conservation Law (Butterworths Planning and Environment Legislation Service, Volume C). Sydney: Butterworths.

Edited Books

  • Boer, B. (2014). Environmental Law Dimensions of Human Rights. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • Benidickson, J., Boer, B., Benjamin, A., Morrow, K. (2013). Environmental Law And Sustainability After Rio. United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Benidickson, J., Boer, B., Benjamin, A., Morrow, K. (2011). Environmental Law and Sustainability after Rio. Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar.

Book Chapters

  • Boer, B. (2014). Environmental Law and Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific (Forthcoming). In Ben Boer (Eds.), Environmental Law Dimensions of Human Rights. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • Boer, B. (2014). Land Degradation as a Common Concern of Humankind (Forthcoming). In Federico Lenzerini, Ana Filipa Vrdoljak (Eds.), International Law for Common Goods: Normative Perspectives on Human Rights, Culture and Nature. United Kingdom: Hart Publishing.
  • Boer, B., Gruber, S. (2012). Heritage Discourses. In B Jessup & K Rubenstein (eds) (Eds.), Environmental Discourses in Public and International Law, (pp. 375-398). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Boer, B., Gruber, S. (2011). Legal framework for protected areas: Australia. In B. Lausche (Eds.), Guidelines for Protected Areas Legislation, (pp. CD Rom). Gland, Switzerland: IUCN.
  • Boer, B., Gruber, S. (2011). Legal framework for protected areas: New South Wales (Australia). In B. Lausche (Eds.), Guidelines for Protected Areas Legislation. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN.
  • Boer, B., Gruber, S. (2009). Heritage conservation law in New South Wales. In Brian J Preston (Eds.), Local Government Planning and Environment Service New South Wales. Sydney: LexisNexis.
  • Boer, B. (2008). Article 29: Reports. In Francesco Francioni (Eds.), The 1972 World Heritage Convention: A Commentary, (pp. 335-343). New York, USA: Oxford University Press.
  • Boer, B. (2008). Article 34: The Federal Clause. In Francesco Francioni (Eds.), The 1972 World Heritage Convention: A Commentary, (pp. 355-360). New York, USA: Oxford University Press.
  • Boer, B. (2008). Article 3: Identification and Delineation of World Heritage Properties. In Francesco Francioni (Eds.), The 1972 World Heritage Convention: A Commentary, (pp. 85-102). New York, USA: Oxford University Press.
  • Stephens, T., Boer, B. (2007). Enforcement and Compliance in the Australian Antarctic Territory:Legal and Policy Dilemmas. In Lorne K. Kriwoken, Julia Jabour and Alan D. Hemmings (Eds.), Looking South: Australia's Antarctic Agenda, (pp. 54-70). Australia: Federation Press.
  • Boer, B. (2002). Biodiversity Planning Law: International and National. In J Carew-Reid (Eds.), Biodiversity Planning in the Asian Region, (pp. 531-537). Sri Lanka: IUCN.
  • Boer, B., Hannam, I. (2001). Land Degradation and International Environmental Law. In E. Bridges, I. Hannam, L. Oldeman, F. Penning de Vries, S. Scherr, S. Sombatpan (Eds.), Response to Land Degradation, (pp. 429-440). New Delhi: Sage Publications.

Journals

  • Johns, F., Saul, B., Hirsch, P., Stephens, T., Boer, B. (2010). Law and the Mekong River Basin: A Socio-Legal Research Agenda on the Role of Hard and Soft Law in Regulating Transboundary Water Resources. Melbourne Journal of International Law, 11(1), 154-174.
  • Blake, J., Boer, B. (2009). Human Rights, the Environment and the Tehran Declaration. Environmental Policy and Law, 39(6), 302-307.
  • Boer, B., Hannam, I. (2003). Legal Aspects of Sustainable Soils: International and National. Review of European Community and International Environmental Law, 12(2), 149-163.
  • Boer, B. (2001). Environmental law education in the new millennium. Land & Water, , 1-10.
  • Boer, B. (2000). The Globalisation of Environmental Law. Reform, 76, 33-39, 99.

Conferences

  • Boer, B., Cai, X. (2013). Assessment options. IUCN Academy of Environmental Law "Training the Teachers" Programme 2013, Chongqing, China: Presentation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). Climate Change and Human Rights. International Colloquium on Climate Change: The Post-Warsaw Agenda 2013, Brasilia, Brazil: Presentation.
  • Boer, B., Bach, T. (2013). Constructive Feedback. IUCN Academy of Environmental Law "Training the Teachers" Programme 2013, Chongqing, China: Presentation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). Course syllabus and teaching methodologies. IUCN Academy of Environmental Law "Training the Teachers" Programme 2013, Chongqing, China: Presentation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). Drafting an environmental law syllabus. IUCN Academy of Environmental Law "Training the Teachers" Programme 2013, Chongqing, China: Presentation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). Environmental Rights. IUCN Academy of Environmental Law "Training the Teachers" Programme 2013, Chongqing, China: Presentation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). Explanation of Course Aims, Content and Core Concepts. IUCN Academy of Environmental Law "Training the Teachers" Programme 2013, Chongqing, China: Presentation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). Field Trip Debriefing. IUCN Academy of Environmental Law "Training the Teachers" Programme 2013, Chongqing, China: Presentation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). Global Environmental Restoration: The Role of Environmental Law. IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Annual Colloquium 2013, Hamilton, New Zealand: Presentation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). Human Rights and Environmental Law. Asia-Europe Foundation Informal Seminar on Human Rights and Environment 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark: Presentation.
  • Boyle, A., Boer, B. (2013). Human Rights and the Environment: Background Paper. 13th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights: Human Rights and the Environment 2013, Singapore: Asia-Europe Foundation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). International Legal Aspects of Zero Net Land Degradation Policy. United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification - "Soils and Law: the Legal Aspects of Land Degradation Neutrality" - Conference of the Parties (COP11) 2013, Windhoek, Namibia: Presentation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). Public Interest Litigation: Comparative Perspective. Eco Forum Global Annual Conference 2013, Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China: Presentation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). Soil and Water Law. International Colloquium on Water and Forests 2013, Iguassu Falls, Brazil: Presentation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). Sustainability Law and Principles: International level. IUCN Academy of Environmental Law "Training the Teachers" Programme 2013, Chongqing, China: Presentation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). The Principle of Non-Regression. Conference for Brazilian Judges 2013, Brasilia, Brazil: Presentation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). Use of Reflective Journals. IUCN Academy of Environmental Law "Training the Teachers" Programme 2013, Chongqing, China: Presentation.
  • Boer, B., Gruber, S. (2009). Human rights and heritage conservation law. 1st International Conference on Human Rights and the Environment, Tehran, Iran: UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Peace, and Democracy, University of Shadid Beheshti.
  • Boer, B., Gruber, S. (2009). The conservation of heritage as a human right. Connecting International and Public Law: Environmental Discourses in International and Public Law Workshop, Canberra: Australian National Univeristy.
  • Boer, B. (2001). Pollution Regulation. International Conference on Environmental law (2001), San Paulo, Brazil: Presentation.

Reference Works

  • Boer, B., Gruber, S. (2012). Heritage Conservation Law in New South Wales. In Local Government Planning and Environment NSW (Vol. C, pp. 1-58). Australia: LexisNexis.

2015

  • Boer, B., Hirsch, P., Johns, F., Saul, B., Scurrah, N. (2015). The Mekong: A Socio-legal Approach to River Basin Development (Forthcoming). United Kingdom: Routledge.

2014

  • Boer, B. (2014). Environmental Law and Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific (Forthcoming). In Ben Boer (Eds.), Environmental Law Dimensions of Human Rights. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • Boer, B. (2014). Environmental Law Dimensions of Human Rights. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • Boer, B. (2014). Land Degradation as a Common Concern of Humankind (Forthcoming). In Federico Lenzerini, Ana Filipa Vrdoljak (Eds.), International Law for Common Goods: Normative Perspectives on Human Rights, Culture and Nature. United Kingdom: Hart Publishing.

2013

  • Boer, B., Cai, X. (2013). Assessment options. IUCN Academy of Environmental Law "Training the Teachers" Programme 2013, Chongqing, China: Presentation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). Climate Change and Human Rights. International Colloquium on Climate Change: The Post-Warsaw Agenda 2013, Brasilia, Brazil: Presentation.
  • Boer, B., Bach, T. (2013). Constructive Feedback. IUCN Academy of Environmental Law "Training the Teachers" Programme 2013, Chongqing, China: Presentation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). Course syllabus and teaching methodologies. IUCN Academy of Environmental Law "Training the Teachers" Programme 2013, Chongqing, China: Presentation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). Drafting an environmental law syllabus. IUCN Academy of Environmental Law "Training the Teachers" Programme 2013, Chongqing, China: Presentation.
  • Benidickson, J., Boer, B., Benjamin, A., Morrow, K. (2013). Environmental Law And Sustainability After Rio. United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Boer, B. (2013). Environmental Rights. IUCN Academy of Environmental Law "Training the Teachers" Programme 2013, Chongqing, China: Presentation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). Explanation of Course Aims, Content and Core Concepts. IUCN Academy of Environmental Law "Training the Teachers" Programme 2013, Chongqing, China: Presentation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). Field Trip Debriefing. IUCN Academy of Environmental Law "Training the Teachers" Programme 2013, Chongqing, China: Presentation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). Global Environmental Restoration: The Role of Environmental Law. IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Annual Colloquium 2013, Hamilton, New Zealand: Presentation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). Human Rights and Environmental Law. Asia-Europe Foundation Informal Seminar on Human Rights and Environment 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark: Presentation.
  • Boyle, A., Boer, B. (2013). Human Rights and the Environment: Background Paper. 13th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights: Human Rights and the Environment 2013, Singapore: Asia-Europe Foundation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). International Legal Aspects of Zero Net Land Degradation Policy. United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification - "Soils and Law: the Legal Aspects of Land Degradation Neutrality" - Conference of the Parties (COP11) 2013, Windhoek, Namibia: Presentation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). Public Interest Litigation: Comparative Perspective. Eco Forum Global Annual Conference 2013, Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China: Presentation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). Soil and Water Law. International Colloquium on Water and Forests 2013, Iguassu Falls, Brazil: Presentation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). Sustainability Law and Principles: International level. IUCN Academy of Environmental Law "Training the Teachers" Programme 2013, Chongqing, China: Presentation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). The Principle of Non-Regression. Conference for Brazilian Judges 2013, Brasilia, Brazil: Presentation.
  • Boer, B. (2013). Use of Reflective Journals. IUCN Academy of Environmental Law "Training the Teachers" Programme 2013, Chongqing, China: Presentation.

2012

  • Boer, B., Gruber, S. (2012). Heritage Conservation Law in New South Wales. In Local Government Planning and Environment NSW (Vol. C, pp. 1-58). Australia: LexisNexis.
  • Boer, B., Gruber, S. (2012). Heritage Discourses. In B Jessup & K Rubenstein (eds) (Eds.), Environmental Discourses in Public and International Law, (pp. 375-398). New York: Cambridge University Press.

2011

  • Benidickson, J., Boer, B., Benjamin, A., Morrow, K. (2011). Environmental Law and Sustainability after Rio. Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar.
  • Boer, B., Gruber, S. (2011). Legal framework for protected areas: Australia. In B. Lausche (Eds.), Guidelines for Protected Areas Legislation, (pp. CD Rom). Gland, Switzerland: IUCN.
  • Boer, B., Gruber, S. (2011). Legal framework for protected areas: New South Wales (Australia). In B. Lausche (Eds.), Guidelines for Protected Areas Legislation. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN.

2010

  • Johns, F., Saul, B., Hirsch, P., Stephens, T., Boer, B. (2010). Law and the Mekong River Basin: A Socio-Legal Research Agenda on the Role of Hard and Soft Law in Regulating Transboundary Water Resources. Melbourne Journal of International Law, 11(1), 154-174.

2009

  • Boer, B., Gruber, S. (2009). Heritage conservation law in New South Wales. In Brian J Preston (Eds.), Local Government Planning and Environment Service New South Wales. Sydney: LexisNexis.
  • Boer, B., Gruber, S. (2009). Human rights and heritage conservation law. 1st International Conference on Human Rights and the Environment, Tehran, Iran: UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Peace, and Democracy, University of Shadid Beheshti.
  • Blake, J., Boer, B. (2009). Human Rights, the Environment and the Tehran Declaration. Environmental Policy and Law, 39(6), 302-307.
  • Boer, B., Gruber, S. (2009). The conservation of heritage as a human right. Connecting International and Public Law: Environmental Discourses in International and Public Law Workshop, Canberra: Australian National Univeristy.

2008

  • Boer, B. (2008). Article 29: Reports. In Francesco Francioni (Eds.), The 1972 World Heritage Convention: A Commentary, (pp. 335-343). New York, USA: Oxford University Press.
  • Boer, B. (2008). Article 34: The Federal Clause. In Francesco Francioni (Eds.), The 1972 World Heritage Convention: A Commentary, (pp. 355-360). New York, USA: Oxford University Press.
  • Boer, B. (2008). Article 3: Identification and Delineation of World Heritage Properties. In Francesco Francioni (Eds.), The 1972 World Heritage Convention: A Commentary, (pp. 85-102). New York, USA: Oxford University Press.

2007

  • Stephens, T., Boer, B. (2007). Enforcement and Compliance in the Australian Antarctic Territory:Legal and Policy Dilemmas. In Lorne K. Kriwoken, Julia Jabour and Alan D. Hemmings (Eds.), Looking South: Australia's Antarctic Agenda, (pp. 54-70). Australia: Federation Press.

2006

  • Boer, B., Wiffen, G. (2006). Heritage Law in Australia. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

2004

  • Boer, B. (2004). Heritage Conservation Law (Butterworths Planning and Environment Legislation Service, Volume C). Sydney: Butterworths.

2003

  • Boer, B., Hannam, I. (2003). Legal Aspects of Sustainable Soils: International and National. Review of European Community and International Environmental Law, 12(2), 149-163.

2002

  • Boer, B. (2002). Biodiversity Planning Law: International and National. In J Carew-Reid (Eds.), Biodiversity Planning in the Asian Region, (pp. 531-537). Sri Lanka: IUCN.

2001

  • Boer, B. (2001). Environmental law education in the new millennium. Land & Water, , 1-10.
  • Boer, B., Hannam, I. (2001). Land Degradation and International Environmental Law. In E. Bridges, I. Hannam, L. Oldeman, F. Penning de Vries, S. Scherr, S. Sombatpan (Eds.), Response to Land Degradation, (pp. 429-440). New Delhi: Sage Publications.
  • Boer, B. (2001). Pollution Regulation. International Conference on Environmental law (2001), San Paulo, Brazil: Presentation.

2000

  • Boer, B. (2000). The Globalisation of Environmental Law. Reform, 76, 33-39, 99.

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