Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law (ACCEL)

Law Tropical Forests and Carbon


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

  • Professor Rosemary Lyster has been appointed by the Victorian government to an independent panel reviewing that state’s climate legislation: Minister for Climate Change, Lisa Neville, has appointed an independent review committee to conduct the review, with Martijn Wilder AM as Chair, and members Anna Skarbek and Professor Rosemary Lyster... Media Release.
  • Professor Tim Stephens has been elected unopposed as the new President of the Australia New Zealand Society of International Law http://www.anzsil.org.au/
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.

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