The 5th Annual Frontiers in Environmental Law Colloquium

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QUT Gardens Point Campus

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Brisbane, QLD 4000


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The 5th Annual Frontiers in Environmental Law Colloquium provides a forum for environmental law teachers and researchers to share and discuss their ideas, research and teaching practices.

We invite you to join us for discussions through a supportive forum where we will:

• Explore innovative ideas across our discipline;
• Contribute to the future of environmental law in our region;
• Foster collaboration amongst like-minded individuals; and
• Help researchers and academics to actively build their careers.

Colloquium Themes for 2019

Environmental law is wide-ranging in its scope and ambitions and draws from diverse legal traditions and techniques as well as inter-disciplinary and theoretical knowledge. As in previous years, we invite papers that engage with the ideas of frontiers, boundaries, depth and intersections in environmental law, governance and policy.

Particular themes for the 5th Annual Frontiers in Environmental Law Colloquium in 2019 that we want to encourage are:

• The role and significance of technology, algorithms and big data for managing and understanding the environment and developments in environmental law.
• Vulnerability and vulnerable groups in the Anthropocene Epoch.
• Sustainable development goals and legal frameworks to support their achievements.
• Deglobablisation and nationalism and their implications for developments in environmental law and governance.
• Significant Queensland environmental issues and developments in environmental law. Examples include: land clearing, the Great Barrier Reef, mining and land degradation, waste management particularly at the local council level, and development initiatives in Northern Australia.

This colloquium will be a two day event held on Thursday, 14 to Friday, 15 February commencing at 9am and finishing at 5pm.

* Registration will be open from 8:30am on Wednesday, 14 February.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE – DAY 1 – Thursday, 14 February

Session 1 – Welcome and Introductions (8:45 am – 9:00 am)

Chair - Afshin Akhtar-Khavari, QUT

Session 2 – Regulation and Governance: Current Practices and Future Hotspots (9:00 am -10:30 am)

Chair - Felicity Deane, QUT

  • The Essential Role of Regulation for Sustainable Consumption and Eradicating Planned Obsolescence - Michelle Maloney and Annabelle Nilsson
  • Chain of responsibility laws offer a new tool to pay for remediation of contaminated sites - Chris McGrath and Matt Peate
  • Reconverting agricultural modifications to the floodplain for climate change mitigation and adaptation: the emerging clash between agriculture vs the environment - Justine Bell-James
  • Corporate disclosure on climate change: An evaluation of the ability of Australian domestic law to oversee and enforce voluntary undertaken international disclosure obligations - Maria Nicolae

Morning Tea Break (10:30 am - 11:00 am)

Session 3 – Science, Technology and Environmental Law: A Healthy Alliance? (11:00 am – 12:30 pm)

Chair – Bridget Lewis, QUT

  • From Standard Setting to Enforcement: Satellite Remote Sensing and Environmental Regulation in Australia - Anna Huggins and Evan Hamman
  • Sanctuaries, Science and Politics: The South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary Proposal in the International Whaling Commission - Ed Couzens
  • Great expectations: A critical analysis of the innovation and regulatory frameworks for lab-grown animal material - Hope Johnson
  • Enhancing environmental law in the Anthropocene: vulnerable species, new technologies and emerging legal issues - Erika Techera

Lunch Break and Book Launch (12:30 pm - 1:30 pm) - We will use this time to launch some 2018 published books. Professor Benjamin Richardson, UTAS will launch QUT environmental law published books.

Session 4 – Communities Under the Law: Rights, Privileges and the Pursuit of Environmental Justice (1:30 pm – 3:00 pm)

Chair – Hope Johnson, QUT

  • The Optimist Environmentalist – David R. Boyd and the Right to a Healthy Environment - Matthew Rimmer
  • Can ‘Nature’s Contribution to People’ facilitate legal pluralism in the Kimberley? - Michelle Lim
  • Ecofeminist Critique of Climate Law: Case Study from Australia - Rowena Maguire
  • Gender and Justice from the Environmental Frontline - Brad Jessup

Afternoon Break (3:00 pm - 3:30 pm)

Session 5 – The Regulation and Control of Water (3:30 pm – 5:00 pm)

Chair – Saiful Karim, QUT

  • Legal Response of Bangladesh to Ensure Sustainable Groundwater Irrigation: Successes, Limitations and Future Directions - Mohammad Sohidul Islam
  • Making Space for Water: A good idea for Queensland? - Nelson Quinn and Philippa England
  • Cumulative environmental effects: An exploratory spatio-legal approach to analysing urban stormwater controls - Rebecca Nelson


PROGRAM SCHEDULE – DAY 2 – Friday, 15 February

Session 6 – Regulatory Governance of Queensland’s Environment (9:00 am -10:30 am)

Chair – Evan Hamman, QUT

  • Towards performance not prescription in the great land clearing debate - Philippa England
  • The Role of Regulation in Restoring Australia’s Great Barrier Reef - Pedro Fidelman (and Chris McGrath, Maxine Newlands, Karen Hussey)
  • Paris Agreement goals slipping away and with them Australia’s chance to save the Great Barrier Reef - Chris McGrath
  • The legal regime for the protection of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park: An Evaluation - Asraful Alam

Morning Tea Break (10:30 am - 11:00 am)

Session 7 – Constructing the Place of Human and Non-Human Animals Through Law and Policy (11:00 am – 12:30 pm)

Chair – Rowena Maguire, QUT

  • The heroics of the live export trade: Representing and responding to the problem of food security within animal cruelty policy debates - Brodie Evans and Hope Johnson
  • Wildlife and the Anthropocene: What is Vulnerability really? - Katie Woolaston
  • Animal ‘Wealthfare’ Regulation and the Australian Live Animal Export Trade - Laura McGillivray
  • Is land clearing cruel? The potential for prosecuting acts of land clearing as animal cruelty offences in Queensland - Hugh Finn

Lunch Break (12:30 pm - 1:30 pm)

Session 8 – Rethinking Existing Structures, Methods and Instruments for Environmental Regulation and Governance (1:30 pm – 3:00 pm)

Chair – Anna Huggins, QUT

  • Illegal Waste Dumping: Maintaining Deterence and Regulatory Reputation on the Long Road to Prison - Sarah Wright
  • Is the apparent shifting from state to local government authorities of regulatory responsibility for some environmental matters and the rationale for it good for the environment? - Paul Leadbeter
  • Effective implementation: the critical strategic frontier? - Paul Martin
  • Why just consideration of future generations calls for formal representation - Nicky van Dijk

Afternoon Break (3:00 pm - 3:30 pm)

Session 9 – Frontiers of Environmental Law & Academia (3:30 pm – 5:00 pm)

Chair – Amanda Kennedy, QUT

  • Benjamin Richardson, UTas
  • Paul Martin, UNE
  • Erika Techera, UWA
  • Ed Couzens, USyd
  • Matthew Rimmer, QUT

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