Professor Rosemary Lyster

BA LLB LLM (Natal)
Professor of Climate and Environmental Law
Director, Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 0292
Fax +61 2 9351 0200

Website Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law
Papers on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN)

Biographical details

Rosemary Lyster is a Professor in the Faculty of Law and Director of the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law (ACCEL). In the area of Environmental Law, Rosemary specialises in Energy and Climate Law, Water Law and GMOs and Environmental Law. She has published two books with Cambridge University Press in the area of Energy and Climate Law. They are Rosemary Lyster and Adrian Bradbrook, Energy Law and the Environment (Cambridge University Press: 2006) and Adrian J. Bradbrook, Rosemary Lyster, Richard L. Ottinger and Wang Xi (eds) The Law of Energy for Sustainable Development (Cambridge University Press: 2005). Rosemary is also the principal author of Rosemary Lyster, Zada Lipman, Nicola Franklin, Graeme Wiffen, Linda Pearson, Environmental and Planning Law in New South Wales, 3rd Edition (Federation Press: 2012).

Rosemary is the Energy and Water Special Editor of the Environmental Planning and Law Journal which is the leading environmental law journal in Australia. Rosemary is a member of the IUCN – The World Conservation Union Commission on Environmental Law, comprising environmental lawyers from around the world. She is a member of the Commission’s Special Working Groups on Water and Wetlands, Energy and Climate Change, and Forests.

Rosemary has an extensive list of publications including books, chapters in books and articles in leading international and domestic law journals.

Research interests

  • Australian and International Climate Law
  • Climate Change justice
  • Energy Law
  • Emissions trading schemes
  • Carbon pricing
  • Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+)
  • Water Law
  • Genetically modified organisms

Teaching and supervision

  • Administrative Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Energy and Climate Law
  • Comparative Climate Law
  • Carbon Trading
  • Derivatives and Taxation Law
  • Water Law
  • GMOs and Environmental Law

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2012

  • Australian Centre for Energy Storage Research (ACESeR); Maschmeyer T, Masters A, Vassallo A, Minett A, Lyster R, Crossley P, Hill D, Verbic G, Hyde R, Chester L, Frost G; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).
  • The Sydney Network on Climate Change and Society; McCalman I, Schlosberg D, Bashford A, Probyn E, Allon F, Giles P, Smith V, Marks P, Celermajer D, Mikler J, Chester L, Gurran N, Shrestha K, Lyster R, McManus P, Pritchard W, Neilson J, Byrne M, Wright C, de Berigny Wall C; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

2010

  • Developing a legal framework for Indonesia's participation in an internationally sanctioned scheme for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (and Degradation); Lyster R, Stephens T, Peden E, Butt S; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2009

  • Developing a legal Framework in Indonesias participation in an internationally sanctioned scheme for reducing Emissions from Deforestation (and Degradation); Lyster R; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.

2006

  • University of Sydney - Near Miss Scheme; Lyster R; University of Sydney (CHASS)/Bridging Support.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Butt, S., Lyster, R., Stephens, T. (2015). Climate Change and Forest Governance: Lessons from Indonesia (Forthcoming). United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Lyster, R. (2015). Climate Justice and Disaster Law (Forthcoming). United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
  • Lyster, R., Lipman, Z., Franklin, N., Wiffen, G., Pearson, L. (2012). Environmental and Planning Law in New South Wales, 3rd edition. Sydney: Federation Press.
  • Lyster, R., Lipman, Z., Franklin, N., Wiffen, G., Pearson, L. (2009). Environmental and Planning Law in New South Wales - 2nd Edition. Australia: Federation Press.
  • Lyster, R., Lipman, Z., Franklin, N., Wiffen, G., Pearson, L. (2007). Environmental and Planning Law in New South Wales. Sydney: Federation Press.
  • Lyster, R., Bradbook, A. (2006). Energy Law and the Environment. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.
  • Lyster, R., Hoexter, C., Currie, I. (2002). The New Constitutional and Administrative Law, Vol.2. Cape Town, SA: Juta & Company Ltd., Juta Law.

Edited Books

  • Lyster, R., MacKenzie, C., McDermott, C. (2013). Law, Tropical Forests and Carbon: The Case of REDD+. New York, United States: Cambridge University Press.
  • Lyster, R. (2010). In the Wilds of Climate Law. Australia: Australian Academic Press.
  • Lyster, R., Bradbook, A., Ottinger, R., Xi, W. (2005). The Law of Energy for Sustainable Development. New York: CUP.
  • Bennett, B., Lyster, R. (2002). Reimaging the Global Space: Feminism, globalism and law. Sydney Australia: LexisNexis Butterworths.

Book Chapters

  • Lyster, R. (2015). Climate Disaster Law and Governance in South East Asia (Forthcoming). In Philip Hirsch (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of the Environment in Southeast Asia. United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Lyster, R. (2015). Protecting the Human Rights of Climate Displaced Persons: the promise and limits of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Forthcoming). In Anna Grear, Louis Kotze (Eds.), Research Handbook on Human Rights and the Environment. United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Lyster, R. (2014). Renewable Energy in the Context of Climate Change and Global Energy Resources. In Paul Babie, Paul Leadbeter (Eds.), Law as Change: Engaging with the Life and Scholarship of Adrian Bradbrook, (pp. 83-109). Adelaide, Australia: University of Adelaide Press.
  • Lyster, R. (2013). Adaptation and climate justice. In Jonathan Verschuuren (Eds.), Research Handbook On Climate Change Adaptation Law, (pp. 32-69). Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Lyster, R., Byrne, R. (2013). Climate change adaptation and electricity infrastructure. In Jonathan Verschuuren (Eds.), Research Handbook On Climate Change Adaptation Law, (pp. 391-420). Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Lyster, R. (2013). International legal frameworks for REDD+: ensuring legitimacy. In Rosemary Lyster, Catherine MacKenzie, Constance McDermott (Eds.), Law, Tropical Forests and Carbon: The Case of REDD+, (pp. 3-25). New York, United States: Cambridge University Press.
  • Fisher, R., Lyster, R. (2013). Land and resource tenure: the rights of indigenous peoples and forest dwellers. In Rosemary Lyster, Catherine MacKenzie, Constance McDermott (Eds.), Law, Tropical Forests and Carbon: The Case of REDD+, (pp. 187-206). New York, United States: Cambridge University Press.
  • Lyster, R. (2012). Energy and Climate Law. In R Lyster, Z Lipman, N Franklin, G Wiffen and L Pearson (Eds.), Environmental and Planning Law in New South Wales, 3rd edition, (pp. 237-303). Sydney: Federation Press.
  • Lyster, R. (2010). Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation: The Road to Copenhagen. In Rosemary Lyster (Eds.), In the Wilds of Climate Law, (pp. 97-142). Australia: Australian Academic Press.
  • Lyster, R. (2009). Energy and Climate Law. In Rosemary Lyster, Zada Lipman, Nicola Franklin, Graeme Wiffen and Linda Pearson (Eds.), Environmental & Planning Law in New South Wales, (pp. 221-270). Sydney, Australia: The Federation Press.
  • Lyster, R. (2008). The Reality and Effect of 'Advance Informed Agreement' Under the Cartegena Protocol. In M I Jeffery, J Firestone and K Bubna-Litic (Eds.), Biodiversity Conservation, Law & Likelihoods: Bridging the North-South Divide, (pp. 500-526). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Lyster, R. (2005). The implications of electricity restructuring for a sustainable energy framework: what's law got to do with it? In A. J. Bradbrook, R. Lyster, R. L. Ottinger & Wang Xi (Eds.), The Law of Energy for Sustainable Development, (pp. 415-448). New York: CUP.

Journals

  • Lyster, R. (2014). A Fossil Fuel-Funded Climate Disaster Response Fund under the UNFCCC Loss and Damage Mechanism (Forthcoming). Transnational Environmental Law.
  • Lyster, R. (2013). Towards a global justice vision for climate law in a time of 'unreason'. Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, 4(1), 32-57. [More Information]
  • Lyster, R. (2012). Coal seam gas in the context of global energy and climate change scenarios. Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 29(2), 91-100.
  • Lyster, R. (2011). Australia's Clean Energy Future Package: Are we there yet? Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 28(6), 446-477.
  • Lyster, R. (2011). REDD+, transparency, participation and resource rights: The role of law. Environmental Science and Policy, 14(2), 118-126. [More Information]
  • Lyster, R. (2010). Smart Grids: Opportunities for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation. Monash University Law Review, 36(1), 173-191.
  • Lyster, R. (2009). Domestic and International Carbon Offsets Under the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme: What Prospects? University of Tasmania Law Review, 27(1), 111-138.
  • Lyster, R. (2009). The New Frontier of Climate Law: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (and Degradation). Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 26(2), 417-456.
  • Lyster, R., Coonan, E. (2009). The Precautionary Principle: A Thrill Ride on the Roller Coaster of Energy and Climate Law. Review of European Community and International Environmental Law, 18(1), 38-49.
  • Lyster, R. (2008). Electricity Privatisation in New South Wales: What Are the Climate Change and Broader Sustainability Implications? Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 25(4), 229-239.
  • Lyster, R. (2008). The Australian Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme: What Role for Complementary Emissions Reduction Regulatory Measures? University of New South Wales Law Journal, 31(3), 880-894.
  • Lyster, R. (2007). Chasing down the climate change footprint of the private and public sectors: Forces Converge. Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 24(4), 281-321.
  • Lyster, R. (2007). Chasing down the climate change footprint of the public and private sectors: forces converge – Part II. Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 24(6), 450-479.
  • Lyster, R. (2007). Editorial: Heading into the 2007 Climate Change Negotiations: What Are the Issues for Developing Countries? Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 10(3&4), 155-165.
  • Fahey, J., Lyster, R. (2007). Geosequestration in Australia: Existing and Proposed Regulatory Mechanisms. Journal for European Environmental and Planning Law, 4(5), 378-392.
  • Lyster, R. (2007). Separating the Wheat from the Chaff: Regulating Greenhouse Gases in a Climate of Uncertainty. Carbon and Climate Law Review, 1(2), 89-104.
  • Lyster, R., Chiam, L., Bortoluzzi, D. (2007). Sustainability and climate change: Liability of corporations. Company and Securities Law Journal, 25(7), 427-438.
  • Lyster, R., Stephens, T. (2007). The Rise and Rise of Environmental Markets: Biodiversity Banking in Australia. Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 10(1), 1-12.
  • Lyster, R. (2005). Editorial: Privatising Water Utilities: A Cautionary Tale. Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 9(1), 1-9.
  • Lyster, R. (2004). Common But Differentiated? Australia's Response To Global Climate Change. Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, 16(4), 561-591.
  • Franklin, N., Lyster, R. (2004). Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Sustainable Regulation of Biotechnology. Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 8(3 & 4), 1-6.
  • Lyster, R. (2004). Sustainability, Regulatory Dilemmas and GMOs: The US and EU compared. Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 8(3&4), 111-139.
  • Lyster, R. (2003). The implications of electricity restructuring for a sustainable energy framework: what's law got to do with it? Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 20(5), 359-385.
  • Lyster, R. (2002). (De)Regulating the Rural Environment. Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 19(1), 34-57.
  • Lyster, R. (2002). Philippines regional court reiterates constitutional right to environment: The Manila Bay case. Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 7(3&4), 1-4.
  • Lyster, R. (2002). The Heat Is On: Australia'S Response To Global Climate Change. South African Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, 9(2), 125-149.
  • Lyster, R. (2001). (De)regulating the Rural Environment. Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 18(5), 445-468.

Conferences

  • Franklin, N., Lyster, R. (2005). Human Rights Protection in Australia: A mixture of curiosity and embarrassment. Comparative Constitutionalism and Rights: Global Perspectives - University of KwaZulu Natal 2005, Durban, South Africa: Presentation.
  • Franklin, N., Lyster, R. (2005). The need for a Bill of Rights in Australia. Comparative Constitutionalism and Rights: Global Perspectives - University of KwaZulu Natal 2005, Durban, South Africa: Presentation.
  • Lyster, R. (2003). The Implications of Electricity Restructuring for a Sustainable Energy Framework: What's law got to do with it? IUCN Academy of Environment Law Colloquium (2003), Gland, Switzerland: IUCN.
  • Lyster, R. (2003). The implications of electricity restructuring for a sustainable energy law framework. NSW Environmental Defender's Office Elements Conference (2003), Sydney, Australia: Environmental Defenders Office.

2015

  • Butt, S., Lyster, R., Stephens, T. (2015). Climate Change and Forest Governance: Lessons from Indonesia (Forthcoming). United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Lyster, R. (2015). Climate Disaster Law and Governance in South East Asia (Forthcoming). In Philip Hirsch (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of the Environment in Southeast Asia. United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Lyster, R. (2015). Climate Justice and Disaster Law (Forthcoming). United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
  • Lyster, R. (2015). Protecting the Human Rights of Climate Displaced Persons: the promise and limits of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Forthcoming). In Anna Grear, Louis Kotze (Eds.), Research Handbook on Human Rights and the Environment. United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.

2014

  • Lyster, R. (2014). A Fossil Fuel-Funded Climate Disaster Response Fund under the UNFCCC Loss and Damage Mechanism (Forthcoming). Transnational Environmental Law.
  • Lyster, R. (2014). Renewable Energy in the Context of Climate Change and Global Energy Resources. In Paul Babie, Paul Leadbeter (Eds.), Law as Change: Engaging with the Life and Scholarship of Adrian Bradbrook, (pp. 83-109). Adelaide, Australia: University of Adelaide Press.

2013

  • Lyster, R. (2013). Adaptation and climate justice. In Jonathan Verschuuren (Eds.), Research Handbook On Climate Change Adaptation Law, (pp. 32-69). Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Lyster, R., Byrne, R. (2013). Climate change adaptation and electricity infrastructure. In Jonathan Verschuuren (Eds.), Research Handbook On Climate Change Adaptation Law, (pp. 391-420). Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Lyster, R. (2013). International legal frameworks for REDD+: ensuring legitimacy. In Rosemary Lyster, Catherine MacKenzie, Constance McDermott (Eds.), Law, Tropical Forests and Carbon: The Case of REDD+, (pp. 3-25). New York, United States: Cambridge University Press.
  • Fisher, R., Lyster, R. (2013). Land and resource tenure: the rights of indigenous peoples and forest dwellers. In Rosemary Lyster, Catherine MacKenzie, Constance McDermott (Eds.), Law, Tropical Forests and Carbon: The Case of REDD+, (pp. 187-206). New York, United States: Cambridge University Press.
  • Lyster, R., MacKenzie, C., McDermott, C. (2013). Law, Tropical Forests and Carbon: The Case of REDD+. New York, United States: Cambridge University Press.
  • Lyster, R. (2013). Towards a global justice vision for climate law in a time of 'unreason'. Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, 4(1), 32-57. [More Information]

2012

  • Lyster, R. (2012). Coal seam gas in the context of global energy and climate change scenarios. Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 29(2), 91-100.
  • Lyster, R. (2012). Energy and Climate Law. In R Lyster, Z Lipman, N Franklin, G Wiffen and L Pearson (Eds.), Environmental and Planning Law in New South Wales, 3rd edition, (pp. 237-303). Sydney: Federation Press.
  • Lyster, R., Lipman, Z., Franklin, N., Wiffen, G., Pearson, L. (2012). Environmental and Planning Law in New South Wales, 3rd edition. Sydney: Federation Press.

2011

  • Lyster, R. (2011). Australia's Clean Energy Future Package: Are we there yet? Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 28(6), 446-477.
  • Lyster, R. (2011). REDD+, transparency, participation and resource rights: The role of law. Environmental Science and Policy, 14(2), 118-126. [More Information]

2010

  • Lyster, R. (2010). In the Wilds of Climate Law. Australia: Australian Academic Press.
  • Lyster, R. (2010). Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation: The Road to Copenhagen. In Rosemary Lyster (Eds.), In the Wilds of Climate Law, (pp. 97-142). Australia: Australian Academic Press.
  • Lyster, R. (2010). Smart Grids: Opportunities for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation. Monash University Law Review, 36(1), 173-191.

2009

  • Lyster, R. (2009). Domestic and International Carbon Offsets Under the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme: What Prospects? University of Tasmania Law Review, 27(1), 111-138.
  • Lyster, R. (2009). Energy and Climate Law. In Rosemary Lyster, Zada Lipman, Nicola Franklin, Graeme Wiffen and Linda Pearson (Eds.), Environmental & Planning Law in New South Wales, (pp. 221-270). Sydney, Australia: The Federation Press.
  • Lyster, R., Lipman, Z., Franklin, N., Wiffen, G., Pearson, L. (2009). Environmental and Planning Law in New South Wales - 2nd Edition. Australia: Federation Press.
  • Lyster, R. (2009). The New Frontier of Climate Law: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (and Degradation). Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 26(2), 417-456.
  • Lyster, R., Coonan, E. (2009). The Precautionary Principle: A Thrill Ride on the Roller Coaster of Energy and Climate Law. Review of European Community and International Environmental Law, 18(1), 38-49.

2008

  • Lyster, R. (2008). Electricity Privatisation in New South Wales: What Are the Climate Change and Broader Sustainability Implications? Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 25(4), 229-239.
  • Lyster, R. (2008). The Australian Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme: What Role for Complementary Emissions Reduction Regulatory Measures? University of New South Wales Law Journal, 31(3), 880-894.
  • Lyster, R. (2008). The Reality and Effect of 'Advance Informed Agreement' Under the Cartegena Protocol. In M I Jeffery, J Firestone and K Bubna-Litic (Eds.), Biodiversity Conservation, Law & Likelihoods: Bridging the North-South Divide, (pp. 500-526). New York: Cambridge University Press.

2007

  • Lyster, R. (2007). Chasing down the climate change footprint of the private and public sectors: Forces Converge. Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 24(4), 281-321.
  • Lyster, R. (2007). Chasing down the climate change footprint of the public and private sectors: forces converge – Part II. Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 24(6), 450-479.
  • Lyster, R. (2007). Editorial: Heading into the 2007 Climate Change Negotiations: What Are the Issues for Developing Countries? Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 10(3&4), 155-165.
  • Lyster, R., Lipman, Z., Franklin, N., Wiffen, G., Pearson, L. (2007). Environmental and Planning Law in New South Wales. Sydney: Federation Press.
  • Fahey, J., Lyster, R. (2007). Geosequestration in Australia: Existing and Proposed Regulatory Mechanisms. Journal for European Environmental and Planning Law, 4(5), 378-392.
  • Lyster, R. (2007). Separating the Wheat from the Chaff: Regulating Greenhouse Gases in a Climate of Uncertainty. Carbon and Climate Law Review, 1(2), 89-104.
  • Lyster, R., Chiam, L., Bortoluzzi, D. (2007). Sustainability and climate change: Liability of corporations. Company and Securities Law Journal, 25(7), 427-438.
  • Lyster, R., Stephens, T. (2007). The Rise and Rise of Environmental Markets: Biodiversity Banking in Australia. Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 10(1), 1-12.

2006

  • Lyster, R., Bradbook, A. (2006). Energy Law and the Environment. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

2005

  • Lyster, R. (2005). Editorial: Privatising Water Utilities: A Cautionary Tale. Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 9(1), 1-9.
  • Franklin, N., Lyster, R. (2005). Human Rights Protection in Australia: A mixture of curiosity and embarrassment. Comparative Constitutionalism and Rights: Global Perspectives - University of KwaZulu Natal 2005, Durban, South Africa: Presentation.
  • Lyster, R. (2005). The implications of electricity restructuring for a sustainable energy framework: what's law got to do with it? In A. J. Bradbrook, R. Lyster, R. L. Ottinger & Wang Xi (Eds.), The Law of Energy for Sustainable Development, (pp. 415-448). New York: CUP.
  • Lyster, R., Bradbook, A., Ottinger, R., Xi, W. (2005). The Law of Energy for Sustainable Development. New York: CUP.
  • Franklin, N., Lyster, R. (2005). The need for a Bill of Rights in Australia. Comparative Constitutionalism and Rights: Global Perspectives - University of KwaZulu Natal 2005, Durban, South Africa: Presentation.

2004

  • Lyster, R. (2004). Common But Differentiated? Australia's Response To Global Climate Change. Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, 16(4), 561-591.
  • Franklin, N., Lyster, R. (2004). Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Sustainable Regulation of Biotechnology. Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 8(3 & 4), 1-6.
  • Lyster, R. (2004). Sustainability, Regulatory Dilemmas and GMOs: The US and EU compared. Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 8(3&4), 111-139.

2003

  • Lyster, R. (2003). The implications of electricity restructuring for a sustainable energy framework: what's law got to do with it? Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 20(5), 359-385.
  • Lyster, R. (2003). The Implications of Electricity Restructuring for a Sustainable Energy Framework: What's law got to do with it? IUCN Academy of Environment Law Colloquium (2003), Gland, Switzerland: IUCN.
  • Lyster, R. (2003). The implications of electricity restructuring for a sustainable energy law framework. NSW Environmental Defender's Office Elements Conference (2003), Sydney, Australia: Environmental Defenders Office.

2002

  • Lyster, R. (2002). (De)Regulating the Rural Environment. Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 19(1), 34-57.
  • Lyster, R. (2002). Philippines regional court reiterates constitutional right to environment: The Manila Bay case. Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 7(3&4), 1-4.
  • Bennett, B., Lyster, R. (2002). Reimaging the Global Space: Feminism, globalism and law. Sydney Australia: LexisNexis Butterworths.
  • Lyster, R. (2002). The Heat Is On: Australia'S Response To Global Climate Change. South African Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, 9(2), 125-149.
  • Lyster, R., Hoexter, C., Currie, I. (2002). The New Constitutional and Administrative Law, Vol.2. Cape Town, SA: Juta & Company Ltd., Juta Law.

2001

  • Lyster, R. (2001). (De)regulating the Rural Environment. Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 18(5), 445-468.

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