Environmental Protection Law : Law School : The University of Western Australia

Law School

Environmental Protection Law

Perth High Rises

Executive Education

This three day short course will be of value to practitioners in the area and those interested in exploring the regulatory framework for environmental protection in Western Australia.

The course will give a thorough insight into the State and Commonwealth law for the prevention of environmental harm (especially pollution) and for environmental impact assessment in Western Australia law. We study the key legislation, including the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA), Contaminated Sites Act 2003 (WA) and the Environment Protection & Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth), The and the developing body of case law. The course aims to give a foundation in core principles, note significant recent developments and address important reforms.

The Environmental Protection Law workshop will explore across six half day sessions:

  • Key definitions, Institutions and Objectives of Environmental Protection Law;
  • The policy instruments and information tools that underpin environmental protection;
  • Regulatory controls on particular activities causing pollution and environmental harm;
  • Environmental Impact Assessment at the State and Federal level;
  • Criminal liabilities under the WA and Federal legislation; and
  • Civil liabilities under the WA and Federal legislation and at common law.

The course will be led by Alex Gardner, Professor, UWA Law School and member of the Centre for Mining, Energy and Natural Resources Law. Guest lecturers for each session will be expert public and private sector legal practitioners.

Details and Registration

26-28 September 2018
Venue:The University of Western Australia

2.94, Law Postgraduate Teaching Room
Time:9:00am to 5:00pm
Cost:$1,950.00 x 3 day short course
 $1,500.00 x 3 day short course NGO rate (if enrolling as NGO please use registration form below)

Workshop presenter and short course coordinator

Prof Alex GardnerAlex Gardner, Professor of Law

Alex was born and raised on a farm in Western Australia, attending high school in Perth. After undergraduate studies at the Australian National University in Canberra (1977-1983) he worked as a solicitor in Melbourne before undertaking a Master of Laws specialising in Natural Resources and Environmental Law at the University of British Columbia(1986-87). Since 1988, Alex has been based at the University of Western Australia Faculty of Law teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in Public Law and Natural Resources and Environmental Law. He was appointed Professor of Law in July 2015.

Guest Speakers

  • Declan Doherty, Corporate Counsel-Environment, Rio Tinto
  • Gretta Lee, Senior Legal Officer, Office of the EPA,Perth
  • Agnes Tay, A/Director of Strategy & Reform, Department of Environmental Regulation, Perth
  • Sally Audeyev, King & Wood Mallesons
  • Melanie Debenham, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Craig Wallace, Lavan Legal

Continuing Professional Points (CPD)

  • Full attendance entitles a legal practitioner to claim six CPD points, selected from Competency Area 2 (Professional Skills), Competency Area 2 (Ethics and Professional Responsibility) and Competency Area 4 (Substantive Law).


Before registration closing date - an administrative charge of 20% of registration will be deducted
After registration closing date and up to one day before the event - a cancellation fee of 50% will apply
No refund is available for non-attendance