Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law (ACCEL)

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The objectives of the Centre are to encourage, promote and support innovative and important scholarship including teaching, research, consultancy and public interest advocacy in all areas of environmental law and policy. These objectives are pursued within the University of Sydney, with other related Centres and institutions in Australia and overseas, with the legal profession, and with the wider community.


Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law - Submissions invited

The Editor-in-Chief of the Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law (APJEL), Associate Professor Tim Stephens is currently seeking submissions for the Journal. read more

APJEL - Volume 17 (2014)

ACCEL are pleased to announce that Volume 17 (2014) of the Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law has been released: please refer to the Table of Contents

  • Please refer to the 2015 Subscription Rates and Order Form for print copies only.
  • The Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law (1996 – present) is now available online: For information please refer to the APJEL web page.

ACCEL News

ACCEL are pleased to announce two new publications:
  • Rothwell, D., Oude Elferink, A., Scott, K., Stephens, T. (2015). The Oxford Handbook of the Law of the Sea. United Kingdom.
    Oxford University Press: The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea comprehensively defined the parameters of the law of the sea in 1982, and since the Convention was concluded it has seen considerable development. This Oxford Handbook provides a comprehensive and original analysis of its current debates and controversies, both theoretical and practical. Written by expert and interdisciplinary contributors, the Handbook sets out how the law of the sea has developed, and the challenges it is currently facing.
  • Saul, B., Stephens, T. (2015). Antarctica in International Law. United Kingdom: Hart Publishing.
    This book brings together the main primary international materials concerning the regulation and governance of Antarctica, including multilateral and bilateral treaties, United Nations materials, 'soft laws', and judicial decisions. It covers the spectrum of Antarctic issues from environmental protection to scientific cooperation to tourism. As it shows, Antarctic law has constantly adapted to meet new challenges and is a sophisticated, inclusive, dynamic and responsive regime.
Other news
  • In February 2015, Tim Stephens was co-convenor of a workshop at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) at the University of Tasmania in Hobart. The other workshop convenors were Dr Julia Jabour (IMAS) and Professor David VanderZwaag (Dalhousie University). This workshop sought to extend foundational research already undertaken for a ARC Discovery Grant application on Marine Species at Risk: Translating Science into Governance led by the University of Tasmania, with other Australian and Canadian colleagues, including members of the Australian–Canadian Oceans Research Network (ACORN). The application was based on a multidisciplinary (science, law and politics) approach to investigating how marine species at risk are identified (the science, OTN) and protected (the law) and what kinds of issues arise and how they are dealt with, eg. scientific research whaling, the politics of shark culling, social license to operate (the policy component). This workshop identified the representative species at risk, identified how they were selected and what the shortcomings of the regulatory processes were that needed further attention. Initial output of the workshop will be a multi-authored, multidisciplinary journal article on these topics, followed by a set of papers submitted to a special journal issue. The workshop convenors gratefully acknowledge the financial support provided by the Government of Canada through the Canadian High Commission and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for making this workshop possible. Footage from the ACORN workshop at IMAS.

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