ACCEL is the leading centre for climate and environmental law teaching and research in Australia.  It is also one of the leading centres in the world for interdisciplinary research, education and public engagement in the areas of climate and environmental law. Our researchers have outstanding international and domestic reputations, as well as strong connections with eminent scholars at international institutions.  The Centre also has enduring links with leading members of the legal profession, including the judiciary, who contribute to the teaching and seminar programs and, at times, research activities.

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    On 24 August 2016 Professor Philippe Sands will present his distinguished speaker lecture: 'East West Street: A Personal History of the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity'.Read more


    Discussion on International Law and Climate Change: Litigation and Beyond
    Following the climate change agreement in Paris last December, Professor Philippe Sands QC addresses the role of international law and judges in addressing legal issues relating to climate change and other issues in a separate discussion with the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law on 26 August 2016. In particular, he considers the challenges faced, including (i) the limited number of actions taken by States as international legislature, (ii) the limits of the judicial function in interpreting and applying the law and not acting as a legislative, (iii) issues of scientific uncertainty, (iv) problems of evidence and expertise, and (v) the potential role of International Courts on such matters, following the judgments in the case brought by Australia against Japan on Whaling in the Antarctic, and by the Philippines against China on the South China Sea.

  • The Independent Review of the Climate Change Act 2010

    The Victorian Government has demonstrated climate leadership by accepting nearly all of the recommendations of the the 2015 Independent Review of the Climate Change Act 2010.  This landmark decision includes the adoption of a target of net zero emissions by 2050.  Professor Rosemary Lyster, a member of the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law, Sydney Law School was a member of the Review Panel, along with Martijn Wilder AM, head of Baker & McKenzie’s Global Environmental Markets and Climate Change practice and ClimateWorks CEO, Ms Anna Skarbek.  Read more