Environmental and Planning Law Journal (EPLJ)
Cutting edge critique in environmental law and policy
About the Journal
The Environmental and Planning Law Journal is the recognised vehicle in Australia for the publication of high quality, in-depth reviews of all aspects of environmental law and policy.
The Journal specialises in cutting edge analysis, providing well-researched articles that cover significant developments across the environmental spectrum, including climate change and the impact on corporate law.
Coverage also includes integrated natural resources management; the ramifications of planning decisions; energy development; impacts on biodiversity; sustainability strategies; corporate liability and law enforcement; and environmental assessment.
The Environmental and Planning Law Journal provides a forum for discussing these and other issues in light of the impact of regulation, policy, development of economic instruments, administration and reform.
Dr Gerry Bates is an independent consultant in environmental law and policy who undertakes specialist courses at The University of Sydney and UNSW Australia. He has been honoured by the Law Council of Australia and National Environmental Law Association for his contributions to environmental law.
Dr Nicholas Brunton – Henry Davis York, Sydney
Ms Jess Feehely – EDO Tasmania
Assoc Professor Alex Gardner – University of Western Australia
Professor Neil Gunningham – Australian National University
Assoc Professor Cameron Holley – UNSW Australia
Emeritus Professor Zada Lipman – Macquarie University
Professor Rosemary Lyster – The University of Sydney
Assoc Professor Andrew Macintosh – Australian National University
Professor Simon Marsden – Flinders University
Professor Jan McDonald – University of Tasmania
Dr Chris McGrath – The University of Queensland
Adjunct Professor Greg McIntyre SC – John Toohey Chambers, Perth
Professor Jacqueline Peel – University of Melbourne
The Hon Justice Brian Preston SC – Chief Judge, Land and Environment Court of New South Wales
Mrs Judith Preston – Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Northern Territory; Honorary Fellow, Macquarie University
Mr Jeff Smith – Humane Society International
Professor Tim Stephens – The University of Sydney
Ms Amelia Thorpe – UNSW Australia
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In a surprising, but welcome, move, the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr, has announced the scrapping of the prescriptive quality indicators for journals.
The grading of journals as A*, A, B or C will no longer be applied and these gradings will no longer be the indicators of research excellence.
The May 2011 issue of the Environmental and Planning Law Journal includes articles on several interesting aspects of environmental law. There are articles on law reform for natural resource management, Australian responsibilities with the burgeoning marine bioprospecting industry, a legal assessment of the NSW coastal planning system and regulation of tree clearing as a means of meeting Kyoto targets.
The March 2011 issue of the Environmental and Planning Law Journal contains articles on transitioning to a low-emissions economy in relation to the electricity generation sector, who the responsibility lies with for fire and emergency management, security for biodiversity offsets in NSW and a comparative analysis of carbon pricing in jurisdictions other than Australia.
Over 2009 and 2010, the Australian Research Council undertook to rank journals in the Arts & Humanities Sector as part of the “Excellence in Research for Australia” initiative. Law journals were included in the ranking. Now the rankings that were assigned are being reviewed and new rankings will be released in 2012. Thomson Reuters has observed there may be some unintended long-term consequences of the ERA methodology and outcomes. To communicate these concerns, we have released a position statement.
By Professor DE Fisher. The status of rights and interests in relation to water has never been unambiguous. Are they rights of access, of use or of property? Is the status of individual rights the same as the status of the statutory rights of the State to the use and control of water?
A comparative approach to Indigenous legal rights to freshwater: Key lessons for Australia from the United States, Canada and New Zealand
By Melanie Durette. This article compares Indigenous legal rights to water across four countries: the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and identifies gaps in how the legal system in Australia accounts for the range of interests that Indigenous people have in water – from customary through to commercial.
By Jacqueline Peel and Michael Power. This article analyses the key elements of Californian climate change law in order to highlight the ways in which other climate regulatory frameworks might be modified, or more imaginatively implemented, in order to improve their environmental effectiveness.