Appointed Professor and Chair in Energy Law at Stirling Law School in July 2016, I was previously a tenured Professor of Law at Flinders Law School, Adelaide, South Australia for 7 years, where I retained Adjunct status until 2020. Since 2020 I have been an Adjunct Professor at Curtin Law School, Perth, Western Australia.
Prior to my position at Flinders University, I was Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong (2007-2010), where I returned briefly as a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability (2014-2015). I have also worked at law schools in Galway, Exeter and Tasmania; business schools in South Australia; practised as an advisory lawyer at the Environment Agency of England and Wales; and in mainly litigious private practice in England and Australia.
I was educated in England, Scotland and Tasmania, and hold degrees in Politics (York BA Hons), and Law (Aberdeen LLM Environmental Law and Tasmania PhD). After completing the Law Society Common Professional and Finals Examinations and two years articles of clerkship, I was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. I was subsequently admitted as a Legal Practitioner (Barrister and Solicitor) of the Supreme Court of Tasmania, Australia.
I specialise in international, comparative and national environmental and energy law, and the relationship between law and politics. As an interdisciplinary scholar,I have a keen interest in global governance, constitutionalism and regions and sub-regions, particularly in Asia, Australasia, Europe and at the Poles.