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Erika Techera

Professor Erika Techera

Professor
UWA Law School

Contact details
Address
UWA Law School
The University of Western Australia (M470)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 7263
Fax
+61 8 6488 1045
Email
erika.techera@uwa.edu.au

Professor
Mining, Energy and Natural Resources Law, Centre for

Contact details
Address
Centre for Mining, Energy and Natural Resources Law
The University of Western Australia (M470)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 7263
Fax
+61 8 6488 1045
Email
erika.techera@uwa.edu.au

Director
UWA Ocean's Institute

Contact details
Address
UWA Ocean's Institute
The University of Western Australia (M470)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 7263
Fax
+61 8 6488 1045
Email
erika.techera@uwa.edu.au
Qualifications
LLB Technol.Syd., MEnvLaw LLM PhD Macq.
Biography
Erika Techera is a Professor of Law in the UWA Law School and Director of the UWA Oceans Institute at The University of Western Australia. Before taking up the role of Director, Erika was Dean of the UWA Law School. Erika’s area of research interest is international and comparative environmental law with a particular emphasis on marine environmental governance and cultural heritage law and policy. Her research explores international law for the conservation and management of sharks and other species, Pacific and Indian Ocean marine environmental law, as well as legal frameworks to support marine protected areas and marine spatial planning in developed and developing countries. Her most recent projects are multi-disciplinary: the intersection of transnational crime and illegal fishing; decommissioning offshore infrastructure and conversion to artificial reefs. Prior to joining UWA Erika was Director of the Centre for International Environmental Law and Co-Director for the Centre for Climate Futures at Macquarie University, and practised as a barrister in Sydney for over 7 years. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, and in 2016 she was awarded the Australian Lawyers’ Weekly Academic of the Year.
Key research
• Oceans governance
• Marine environmental law
• Heritage law and policy
• Indigenous peoples and customary law
• Shark conservation and management
• International environmental law
• Multi-disciplinarity
Publications
Selected publications:

Forthcoming publications
• EJ Techera & N Klein, International Law of Sharks: Options, Opportunities and Obstacles, Brill, USA, forthcoming 2017.
• EJ Techera, ‘Marine Protected Areas’ in D Hassan and S Karim Contemporary International Marine Law & Policy, Routledge forthcoming 2017.
• EJ Techera, 'Species-based conservation' in J Razzaque and E Morgera in Biodiversity and Nature Protection Law, Encyclopedia of Environmental Law, Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming 2017.

2017
• Jade Lindley and Erika J Techera, ‘Overcoming complexity in illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing to achieve effective regulatory pluralism’ (2017) 81 Marine Policy 71–79, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308597X16307035.
• John Chandler, David White, Erika J Techera, Susan Gourvenec and Scott Draper, ‘Engineering and legal considerations for decommissioning of offshore oil and gas infrastructure in Australia’, (2017) Ocean Engineering, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.oceaneng.2016.12.030.

2016
• EJ Techera, ‘A review of Marine Protected Area legislation in Australia’ in James Fitzsimons and Geoff Wescott Big, Bold and Blue: lessons from Australia's marine protected areas. CSIRO Publishing 2016.
• L Butterly and EJ Techera, ‘Critical Linkages: Trans-jurisdictional approaches to advancing Indigenous marine governance’ in J Gray, C Holley & R Rayfuse, Transjurisdictional Water Law and Governance, in Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management, Earthscan, Abingdon, UK, 2016.

2015
• EJ Techera, ‘Ethics, law and sustainable development: a renewed call for evolution and change’ in Séverine Blaise, Carine David et Victor David (ed) Le dévelopement durable en Océanie. Presses Universitaires de Provence & Presses Universitaires d'Aix-Marseille, 2015.
• EJ Techera ‘Law, Climate Change, and the Marine Environment in the Indian Ocean Region’ in R Abate (ed) Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law: U.S. and International Perspectives, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2015.
• Patrick W Pearlman and Erika J Techera, ‘Sharks: Conservation, Culling and Controversy’, (2015) 30(2&3) Australian Environment Review 56-61.
• EJ Techera and J Chandler, ‘Offshore installations, decommissioning and artificial reefs: Do current legal frameworks best serve the marine environment?’ (2015) 59 Marine Policy 53-60
• EJ Techera, ‘Enhancing legal frameworks for biodiversity conservation in the Pacific’ (2015) 21 Pacific Conservation Biology 87-96

2014
• EJ Techera & N Klein, Sharks: Conservation, Governance and Management. Earthscan, UK. 2014.
• EJ Techera ‘Approaches to conservation and governance of marine species’ in EJ Techera and N Klein (eds), Sharks: Conservation, Governance and Management. Earthscan, UK. 2014.
• Natalie Klein and EJ Techera ‘Synergies, Solutions and the Way Forward’ in EJ Techera and N Klein (eds), Sharks: Conservation, Governance and Management. Earthscan, UK. 2014.

2013
• S Alam, JH Bhuiyan, TMR Chowdhury and EJ Techera (Eds), Handbook of International Environmental Law. Routledge, UK. 2013.
• EJ Techera ‘Climate change, legal governance and the Pacific Islands: an overview’ in R S Abate & EA Kronk (Eds) Climate Change, Indigenous Peoples and the Search for Legal Remedies. Edward Elgar, Oxford, UK. 2013.
• EJ Techera ‘International Cultural Heritage law’ in S Alam, JH Bhuiyan, TMR Chowdhury and EJ Techera (Eds), Handbook of International Environmental Law. Routledge, Oxford. 2013.
• D Cremean and E J Techera ‘Marine Pollution law’ in S Alam, JH Bhuiyan, TMR Chowdhury and EJ Techera (Eds), Handbook of International Environmental Law. Routledge, Oxford, UK. 2013.
• EJ Techera, ‘Advancing the Global Governance of Sharks’ (2013) 28(9) Australian Environment Review 777-779.
• EJ Techera, ‘Protecting Nature and Culture: Enhancing Legal Frameworks for the Conservation of Heritage in the Pacific’ (2013) 36(1&2) Pacific Studies 40-58.
• EJ Techera & N Klein, ‘Shark-based Eco-tourism: Governance lessons from Australia’ (2013) 39 Marine Policy 21-28.

2012
• EJ Techera, Marine Environmental Governance: From international law to local practice. Routledge, Oxford. 2012.
• EJ Techera & N Klein ‘Regulatory Tools for Shark Conservation and Management: Improving Legal Governance and Harnessing Eco-tourism’ in O P Jenkins (Ed), Advances in Zoology Research. Volume 3. Nova, New York, USA. 2012.
• EJ Techera, ‘Fishing, Finning and Tourism: Trends in Pacific shark conservation and management’ (2012) 27(3) International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law 1-25

Roles, responsibilities and expertise
As Director of the UWA Oceans Institute, Erika provides strategic leadership and management of the flagship, multi-disciplinary research and teaching institute focusing on ocean solutions to humanity’s grand challenges.
Future research
Remote sensing for ocean monitoring and enforcement
Embedding science and technology in marine environmental law
From marine protected areas to spatial planning of our oceans
Pirates as the world's first naturalists
Environmental ethics and the risks of nature v culture
Trepang: the cultural, environmental and economic values of sea cucumber
Funding received
• LE14 ARC LIEF Project – E Techera with 21 others - The International Law Library on WorldLII: New content and facilities for the leading repository and citator for international law – 2014 - $406,505
• ARC Discovery Project (DP130102861) – N Klein & E Techera - Improving the Global Governance of Sharks: Obstacles, Options and Opportunities – 2013 - $101,000
• UWA Near Miss Support Grant – E Techera – Enhancing Legal Frameworks in the Indian Ocean – 2013 - $16,272
• Macquarie Safety Net Grant - N Klein & E Techera - Legal Regimes for the Conservation and Management of Sharks: Integrating Local, National, Regional and International Strategies – 2011- $25,000
• Legal Scholarship Support Fund (LSSF) - E Techera - Palau’s Shark Sanctuary: Challenges and Opportunities – 2011- $3,500
• Macquarie University Research Development Grant (MQRDG) - E Techera & N Klein - Overcoming Governance Gaps in the Legal Regulation of Shark Eco-Tourism – 2010 - $34,000
• Legal Scholarship Support Fund (LSSF) – E Techera - Good Environmental Governance: International law for shark conservation and management – 2010 - $3,750
• Macquarie University New Staff Grant (MQNS) - E Techera - Conserving intangible heritage in the South Pacific – 2009 - $19,000

Memberships
Legal Profession & Corporate
• Admitted as a Legal Practitioner - Supreme Court of NSW; Western Australia.
• Admitted as a Barrister - Supreme Court, NSW & ACT; Federal & High Court; Supreme Court, Victoria.
• Invited member, Law Council of Australia, Legal Profession Futures Committee
• Invited member and officeholder, International Bar Association, Academic and Professional Development Committee
• Member, International Law Association
• Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Research
• Member International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN); Commission on Environmental Law and World Commission on Protected Areas
• Invited Member of IUCN Task Force on Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas, IUCN CEL Specialist Group on Water and Wetlands, IUCN WCPA Specialist Group on Tourism in Protected Areas
• Invited Member of UNESCO Ethics of Energy Technology Working Groups since 2008
• Member Ramsar Culture Network in cooperation with UNESCO
Honours and awards
• Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards, Academic of the Year, 2016
• Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, 2014
• Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence, LLM, 2006
• Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence, M Env L, 2005
Previous positions
2013-2017 Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Western Australia
2012 - date Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Western Australia
2011Co-Director, Centre for Climate Futures, Macquarie University
2009-2011 Director, Centre for International & Environmental Law, Macquarie University
2009, 2011 Director, Postgraduate Coursework Programmes, Macquarie University
2007-2011 Various roles as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, Macquarie University
1998-2005 Barrister, Garfield Barwick Chambers, Sydney
1996-2005 Director, SearchTech Services Pty Limited, Sydney
Useful links
UWA Oceans Institute, www.oceans.uwa.edu.au
New and noteworthy
Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards, Academic of the Year, 2016
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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