Environmental Law Australia


Synopsis of the Queensland Environmental Legal System

Chris McGrath, Synopsis of the Queensland Environmental Legal System (7th ed, Environmental Law Australia, Brisbane, 2020).

Laws affecting the environment in Queensland

Chris McGrath, “Laws affecting the environment” chapter in the Queensland Law Handbook published online by the Caxton Legal Centre, Brisbane (updated in 2020).

Does environmental law work?

Chris McGrath, Does environmental law work? How to evaluate the effective the effectiveness of an environmental legal system (Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken, 2010).

This is a research book examining how to evaluate the effectiveness of an environmental legal system. It provides a case study of evaluating the effectiveness of the laws protecting the Great Barrier Reefs, Australia.

Survival strategies for climate litigators

Chris McGrath, “Survival strategies for climate litigators” (2021) 27 Pandoras Box 39-51.

Other selected online publications

Chris McGrath “Identifying Opportunities for Climate Litigation: A Transnational Claim by Customary Landowners in Papua New Guinea against Australia’s Largest Climate Polluter” (2020) 37 (1) Environmental & Planning Law Journal 42-66.

Chris McGrath, “Paris Agreement goals slipping away and with them Australia’s chance to save the Great Barrier Reef” (2019) 36 (1) Environmental and Planning Law Journal 3

Chris McGrath, “Sydney Harbour’s toxic legacy shows value of green safety net” (The Conversation, 17 December 2012).

Chris McGrath, “Mending holes in the green safety net” (Precedent, November/December 2012).

Chris McGrath, “Australia’s scramble egg of government: who has the environmental power?” (The Conversation, 5 December 2012).

Chris McGrath, “Are we deliberately destroying the Great Barrier Reef?” (Crikey, 5 October 2012).

Chris McGrath, “Flying foxes, dams and whales: Using federal environmental laws in the public interest” (2008) 25 EPLJ 324.

Chris McGrath, “Will we leave the Great Barrier Reef for our children?” (IUCN Alexandre Kiss Award for Environmental Law Research, Bonn, 2008).

Chris McGrath, “Easy answers to climate change will kill our natural wonders” (Courier Mail, Brisbane, 9 September 2008).

Chris McGrath, “Time is running out” (Townsville Bulletin, 16 April 2008), reproduced with permission of the Townsville Bulletin.

Chris McGrath, “How to evaluate the effectiveness of an environmental legal system” (PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 2007).

Chris McGrath, “Review of the EPBC Act”, paper prepared for the 2006 Australian State of the Environment Committee (Department of the Environment and Heritage, Canberra, 2006).

Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Major pieces of the PNG environmental legal system (handout for AAPNG course in 2019)

Basic steps for statutory interpretation in Papua New Guinea (handout for AAPNG course in 2019)