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Professor Donna Craig


Professor Craig has held a Research Chair as Professor of Desert Knowledge, Charles Darwin University. She was appointed Professor of Environmental Law (Western Sydney University (2009 – 2021) and Honorary Professor at the University of Waikato (2021 – 2024). She is a specialist in international, comparative, and national environmental law. She was one of the earliest academics to specialise in environmental law (from 1976) and has researched and taught across a wide range of environmental law areas and jurisdictions. In particular, she was a pioneer in the development of curricula and teaching in Comparative Environmental Law (focusing on the Asia and Pacific Regions), International Environmental Law, Sustainable Development Law, Corporate Environmental Law, Australian Environmental and Planning Law and Comparative Indigenous Governance Regimes.

 She has also made significant research and teaching contributions in aspects of Biodiversity Law (relating to recognition of knowledge and practices of Indigenous and local communities, intellectual and cultural property rights, recognition of customary laws and community based environmental management), participatory approaches to environmental decision-making, environmental impact assessment and social impact assessment. She also works with Indigenous and local communities developing natural resource-based livelihoods and advising on national and international legal regimes. 

Professor Craig has served as Foundation Board Member of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Regional Vice-Chair for Oceania of the IUCN Commission of Environmental Law, Regional Governor of the International Council on Environmental Law, Foundation Board Member of the Northern Territory Environmental Protection Authority and Member of Advisory Board of Greenland-based International Training Centre of Indigenous Peoples. Professor Craig was Deputy Director of the International Centre for Ocean Governance (ICOG) at the University of Western Sydney delivering capacity building training for the Bangladesh judiciary (2017-2020). 

The International IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Distinguished Education Award (Senior Academic) in 2017 to Professor Craig with the citation:

“The prize committee was particularly impressed with your strong capacity-building and collaboration activities in the Pacific and Asian regions with respect to environmental law education. In addition, you were one of the first to introduce comparative environmental law studies into the curriculum. Your engagement of, and encouragement of students is legendary!”