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Colloquium of Environmental Law Teachers & Researchers


NELA together with the International Law and Global Governance Program of the QUT Faculty of Law

 Thursday 14 February & Friday 15 February 2019

Brisbane QLD

Colloquium Aims

The 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. Through a supportive forum, we aim to:

  • 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 Frontiers 5 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.

Call for papers

Abstract proposals (of no more than 300 words) are invited on any of the above themes. While we expect that many of the papers will address current challenges for environmental law and policy in relation to Australia, abstracts will also definitely be considered from proposed presenters from other countries. We also aim to have a diverse set of participants, including people at multiple stages of their careers.

Please download the Abstract Proposal Form and submit your abstract by 31 October to:

Prof. Afshin Akhtar-Khavari (QUT Law School),   afshin.akhtarkhavari@qut.edu.au

We anticipate participants will submit a draft of their paper (of 2,000 to 4,000 words) for circulation to other colloquium participants and their panel by the end of January 2019. The colloquium will be conducted in an interactive, workshop style format, involving brief presentations, discussants and general audience participation.


QUT law school and the venue for the colloquium are located in inner city Brisbane and there are a range of affordable accommodation options nearby. If you need help please write to us.


There will be no registration fees for this event in 2019 but we ask that you register by 18 January 2019 so that we know who is coming to the colloquium in addition to the speakers. We will put registration details up on the web page for the event. Unfortunately, we are not able to assist participants with their travel and accommodation costs

14/02/2019 9:00 AM - 15/02/2019 5:00 PM
Law School Queensland University of Technology Brisbane, QLD 4000

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