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Professor Rob Fowler

Rob Fowler is an Adjunct Professor in the Law School at the University of South Australia. He has been involved in the field of environmental law for over forty years, having commenced his academic career in 1975 at the Law School at the University of Adelaide. Whilst there, he was a co-founder of the Australian Centre for Environmental Law (ACEL), a unique collaboration across three laws schools: Adelaide, Sydney and ANU. He was involved through ACEL in the development of the first coursework Masters in Environmental Law programs in Australia. He also served as Dean of the Law School from 1995-98. In 2000, he joined the University of South Australia, where he was appointed to a Chair in International Environmental Law. In the period until 2005, he led an AUSAID-funded training program in environmental law and enforcement for Indonesia which resulted in the training in both Australia and Indonesia of some 1500 Indonesian judges, prosecutors, investigators, academics and NGO representatives. He also developed and delivered a range of professional training courses for the South Australian Environment Protection Authority during this time. From 2005 until 2008, Rob served as a research program leader in CRC CARE - a Cooperative Research Centre based at UniSA dedicated to research on site contamination. After retiring from his Chair position in 2008, Rob was appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the Law School at UniSA, where he has continued to teach environmental law. He also serves as a member of the Law School’s Advisory Board Rob has been a member of the Board of the SA Environment Protection Authority since July 2011. He is also engaged in a voluntary capacity with a number of non-government organizations. From 2008 – 2013, he served as the Chair of the Governing Board of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law (IUCNAEL), an international network of some 200 law schools involved in teaching and research in environmental law. He has also served in recent years as a Vice President, Board member and Councillor of the Australian Conservation Foundation and s President of the Conservation Council of South Australia. Rob also served from 2001-2009 as Chair of the South Australian Environmental Defender’s Office. At the end of 2014, Rob assumed a new responsibility as the Convener of the Australian Panel of Experts in Environmental Law (APEEL), a voluntary collaboration of sixteen internationally-recognized environmental law experts that is being supported by the Places You Love Alliance. The purpose of the Panel is to design the framework for the next generation of environmental laws in Australia. Also since 2014, Rob has served as the IUCNAEL's Coordinator for a project supported by the Asian Development Bank to train legal scholars from 14 Asian countries to teach environmental law. Over his career, Rob has published one book, four edited books, and over 100 journal articles, book chapters, conference papers and consultancy reports. He continues to research and write on various aspects of environmental law and is currently writing a book on Australian Federal Environmental Law. In November 2011, he was recognized by the Law Council of Australia with a special award for his “exceptional contribution to the development of environmental law", and in 2015 he was the recipient of a Fulbright Special Scholarship in Climate Change and Clean Energy that enabled him to undertake research at George Washington University Law School on environmental federalism.

Dr. M.K. Ramesh
Professor of Law,
Chair Professor (Urban Poor and the Law)

B.Sc. (1974) LL.M. (1979) and Ph.D. (2003) all from the University of Mysore.

He began his career as Lecturer in Law (1979-80: HombeGowda Law College, Mandya; 1980-85: Vidyavardhaka Law College, Mysore and was Asst. Commercial Tax Officer to the Government of Karnataka from 1988-92: Between 1985 and 1988 when he re-joined teaching as Lecturer at University Law College, Dharwad).

He joined National Law School of India University as Assistant Professor of Law (Senior) (June1992) re-designated as Associate Professor (1997). He was selected and appointed as Additional Professor of Law, the same year. He was selected and appointed as Professor of Law in 2006

He was Chairman of the Post Graduate and Doctoral Council at the Law School, (2004-2005) and (May 2006 - June 2009).

He holds the Professorial Chair on Urban Poor and the Law, instituted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India. In 2009, He established the “Commons Cell” in the Law School to develop Indian Jurisprudence on the subject. He also established ,the Centre for Environmental Education, Research and Advocacy (CEERA), in 1997 and coordinated its activities till Dec.2000. He edits the Indian Journal of Environmental Law, published from the Law School.

His areas of specialization include International Law, Environmental Law and Human Rights Law. He has published over 30 articles and contributed chapters to five books as well.

He visited U.S.A under the International Visitors Programme(1994) and the U.K under the Faculty Exchange Programme. (1996) He was a Visiting Faculty at Dalhousie Law School, Canada (1999).

He was Senior Fulbright Fellow in the U.S. during 2005-06. He was a visiting professor at KTH, Stockholm (Feb, March, 2010 and Sept. 2011) and Law Faculty, Zurich (May, 2010).

He was awarded “Environmental Law Fellow, 2006” by the Environmental Law Institute, Washington DC, U.S.A.

He is, currently, a member of the National Biodiversity Authority - the first, non-official, expert member from the discipline of Law. He has assisted State and Central Governments in the drafting of several Environment-related laws. He has served as a Member of the Steering Committee for Environment and Forests, that was engaged in preparing the XII Plan Document, for the Planning Commission, Government of India. As a member, he is serving the Ethics Committee of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Having served two terms as a member of the Research Programme in Social and Economic Issues (RPSE) of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India, he is currently the Chairman of RPSE.


Ben Boer has been at the University of Sydney since 1992. He was appointed Emeritus Professor in 2008. In 2011 he was appointed as National Distinguished Professor at Wuhan University Law School in Hubei Province China, in its Research Institute of Environmental Law. He now spends some 3 months per year in Wuhan. Between 2006 and 2008, he was the international Co-Director of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Academy of Environmental Law and Visiting Professor based at the University of Ottawa. Formerly, Ben was Professor in Environmental Law, University of Sydney (1997 -2008) and the Corrs Chambers Westgarth Professor of Environmental Law, University of Sydney (1992-1996). Prior to that, at Macquarie University, he was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor, School of Law (1979-1991) and part-time Lecturer in the Graduate School of the Environment, and Lecturer, Department of Legal Studies, La Trobe University (1974-1979). He was appointed as Deputy Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law in 2012, a position he held until 2016. He became a member of the Australian Academy of Law in 2016. He continues to be a member of the International Council of Environmental Law, based in Geneva.

Together with colleagues at the University of Sydney, the Australian National University and the University of Adelaide, he founded of the Australian Centre for Environmental Law; at the University of Sydney Law School this body is now called the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law.

In 2011 He was granted an award “in recognition of exceptional contribution to environmental law” by the Law Council of Australia and the New Zealand Law Foundation Visiting Fellowship in 2011. He won the Senior Scholarship Award of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law in 2014. Ben has served as a consultant to various intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and foreign aid agencies in the following countries: China, Federated States of Micronesia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, Nepal, New Caledonia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, and Vietnam, as well as conducting research for various departments of the Australian Federal Government.


She is the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Open University of Sri Lanka. She obtained her LLB from the University of Colombo, LLM from the Harvard Law School and PhD from the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Her areas of specialization include environment, human rights and gender and her research areas include environment and development, human rights with a focus on economic and social rights and gender issues.