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 16 (2013)

ACCEL are pleased to announce that Volume 16 (2013) of the Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law has been released: please refer to the Table of Contents


  • Associate Professor Stephens was successful in his application for an Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Fellowship, one of only three that were successful in the discipline of Law for 2014. Tim's project will examine how international law deals with environmental systems in the Anthropocene: the current geological epoch defined by human interference with Earth's biophysical systems.
  • In July, Sydney Law School is offering the world’s first postgraduate Climate Disaster Law unit of study. The unit will be taught at Clare College, University of Cambridge under the auspices of the Sydney Law School in Europe program.
  • Professor Rosemary Lyster, Director of ACCEL speaks about climate and environmental law in the Sydney Law School Staff Spotlight Video Series. Click here to watch the video
  • Rapid Response Seminar: The Judgment in the Whaling in the Antarctic Case on 3 April 2014: On 31 March the International Court of Justice will hand down its eagerly awaited judgment in the Whaling in the Antarctic case between Australia and Japan. The decision carries major significance for Australia and Japan and the international regulation of whaling. This rapid response seminar led by two international legal experts on whaling and fisheries issues will review the background to the case, the key conclusions reached in the Court's judgment, and the implications of the case for the International Whaling Commission. Event details

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