Winner - Meg Good
Ms Meg Good, a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Law at the University of Tasmania, is the recipient of NELA’s 2012 Environmental Law Essay Competition prize – free membership of NELA for a year and $1,000. Ms Good was announced the winner at the NELA’s national conference in Melbourne on 7 March. An edited version of Ms Good’s essay, ‘The River as a Legal Person: Evaluating the Benefits of Nature Rights Approaches to Environmental Protection in the Context of Water Management in Australia’, will be published in the inaugural e-journal issue of the National Environmental Law Review (NELR).
Ms Anna Davies, also at UTAS, was highly commended for her entry which analysed policy and regulatory responses to the alleged adverse health effects of wind farms in Australia.
Ms Anna Davies, University of NSW, also submitted an outstanding entry. Ms Davies’ essay discussed the need for climate change adaptation policies to include a planned retreat from the shoreline, and associated law and policy challenges. These entries will also be published in the next NELR.
The competition judging panel comprised Dr Hanna Jaireth, national editor of the NELR; Wayne Gumley, Senior Lecturer, Business Law and Taxation, Monash University, and Greg McIntyre SC, Chair of the Environment and Planning Law Group in the Law Council’s Legal Practice Section, and a former NELA President.
From left: Hanna Jaireth, Meg Good and Wayne Gumley at the award presentation at NELA’s ‘Low Carbon Future’ National Conference in Melbourne earlier this month.