Sydney law Emeritus prof wins international award for Environmental Law

15 October 2015

Congratulations to Sydney Law School Emeritus Professor Ben Boer on recently receiving the Senior Scholarship Award by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy of Environmental Law.

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Emeritus Professor Ben Boer with Professor Nilufer Oral (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

Professor Nathalie Fournereau-Hervé, Co-Chair of the Research Committee of the IUCN Academy announced the award, presented by Professor Nilufer Oral, Chair of the IUCN Academy, during the Academy’s 13th Annual Colloquium Dinner held at Atma Jaya Catholic University, Jakarta, Indonesia on Sept. 9, 2015.
The Academy’s Scholarship Awards recognise excellence and creativity in scholarship produced by scholars during the five years preceding the Award.
In evaluating candidates’ scholarship, the Research Awards Adjudication Committee considers the analytical rigor of the candidate’s scholarship; originality and depth of the scholarship; the significance of the scholarship to international law; and the degree to which the candidates promote collaboration and capacity-building within environmental law education.
The selection process is highly competitive due to the caliber of environmental law scholars around the world.
The following excerpt emanated from the reviewers:
“I can think of no person in the world who at this time is more deserving of the honour of the IUCN Academy Senior Scholarship Award than Ben Boer.
“He is one of the most respected and influential environmental law scholars in the world.
“His scholarly work has been characterised by extraordinary transnational as well as international scope, careful attention to detail and exposition in describing issues and existing law accompanied by sensible, original, and sometimes bold legislative, policy and governance proposals.”
Professor Ben Boer is currently Emeritus Professor at the Sydney Faculty of Law (Australia) and Distinguished Professor at Wuhan University Law School in its Research Institute of Environmental Law (China).

About Emeritus Professor Boer

Ben Boer was appointed as Emeritus Professor in the University of Sydney in late 2008. In 2011 he was appointed as Distinguished Professor at Wuhan University Law School in its Research Institute of Environmental Law. He now teaches in Wuhan for around three months a year. Between 2006 and 2008, he was the international co-cirector of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Academy of Environmental Law and Visiting Professor based at the University of Ottawa. He was appointed as Deputy Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law in 2012, a position he will hold until 2016.
Formerly, Ben was Professor in Environmental Law, University of Sydney (1997–2008) and the Corrs Chambers Westgarth Professor of Environmental Law, University of Sydney (1992–1996). Prior to that, at Macquarie University, he was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor, School of Law (1979–1991) and part-time Lecturer in the Graduate School of the Environment, and Tutor and Lecturer, Department of Legal Studies, La Trobe University (1974–1979).

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