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.

Latest News

  • ACCEL is pleased to announce a new publication by Dr Kate Owens: Environmental Water Markets and Regulation: A comparative legal approach

    River systems around the world are degraded and are being used unsustainably. Meeting this challenge requires the development of flexible regimes that have the potential to meet essential consumptive needs while restoring environmental flows. Dr Kate Owens focuses on how water trading frameworks can be repurposed for environmental water recovery and aims to conceptualise the most appropriate role for law in supporting recovery through these frameworks.

  • Australia proved it was an environmental world leader with the Antarctica agreement. We need to do it again.

    Article by Professor Tim Stephens in the Sydney Morning Herald, 4 October 2016.

  • ACCEL Distinguished Speaker lecture and Animal/Wildlife Law Event – 15 November 2016

    The Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law (ACCEL) will be presenting a premier public event of the year on 15 November.

    2016 is an exciting year for international wildlife law with both the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in September and October. These two international events are both of great importance for Australia, which incorporates wildlife listings directly into its national law. To reflect this,ACCEL has tailored its 2016 event to making sense of current moves in international wildlife law and the impacts of these on Australian law and policy. The event will comprise an afternoon forum on animal/wildlife law, followed by an evening distinguished speakers lecture, presented by Prof Peter Sands.