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NELA Webinar Series: Rethinking the Origins and Future of Australian Environmental Law

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST

The National Environmental Law Association (NELA) invites you to join this webinar exploring the history of environmental law in Australia, the misconceptions, and what we can learn in this era of important environmental reform. This webinar ‘Rethinking the Origins and Future of Australia Environmental Law’ will explore the history of Australian environmental law, the importance of reform, and the role of national laws in promoting environment protection and restoration.

Commentary will come from Professor Ben Richardson (University of Tasmania) and Matthew Austin (Partner, King & Wood Mallesons). Professor Richardson will speak about the misconceptions surrounding the history of Australian law reforms, where historically the law profession was not active in law reform. Instead, scientists, journalists, artists, and bushwalkers pushed the reform agenda. Professor Richardson will explain why improving the nation’s current environmental laws is constrained by major, systemic obstacles from the past. Matthew Austin will delve into the development of environmental law from a practitioner’s perspective, discussing how significant case law and legislative changes have altered the public and private sectors’ understanding of environmental law.


Event details

Date: Monday 29 April, 2024

Time: 7pm AEST

Cost: Free for NELA members, $20 for non-members

Delivery: Virtual – Zoom

Registration link: Register now via the NELA website

Registration closes at 4.00pm on 28 April 2024. A Zoom link will be sent out following the close of registration. For any enquiries please contact events@nela.org.au


About NELA

The National Environmental Law Association (NELA) is the national peak body for advancing Australian environmental law and policy. NELA provides national leadership and a strong voice on environmental law and policy matters, and bring together lawyers, academics, experts, industry and the wider community to consider and progress these matters. We facilitate advancements in environmental law and policy, including through lodging submissions to government; provide education through events and publications; and advocate for positive environmental outcomes.


April 29
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
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