Professor Simon Marsden

Academic Status

College of Business, Government and Law

place Law & Commerce Building (2.12)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I was appointed an Adjunct Professor at Flinders University with Full Academic Status with effect from January 2017. I held a tenured professorial position before my departure overseas from Flinders, and am now also employed as a permanent full professor and Chair in Energy Law at the University of Stirling, Scotland. My work there adds an important energy law dimension to my established environmental law scholarship.

Educated in the UK and Australia, I joined Flinders University in 2010, from the Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong (2007-2010), and prior to then the University of South Australia (2003-2007). I have previously also worked at law schools in Galway (2000), Exeter (2000-2001) and Tasmania while a doctoral student. I have furthermore been employed as a lawyer at the Environment Agency of England and Wales (2001-2003), and in private practice.

I specialise in international, comparative and national environmental and energy law, and the relationship between law and politics. As an interdisciplinary scholar, I have a keen interest in global governance, constitutionalism and regions and sub-regions, particularly in Australasia, Asia, Europe and at the Poles.

Qualifications

Academic:
BA (Hons) Politics, University of York, 1983-1986
LLM Environmental Law (with distinction), University of Aberdeen, 1993-1994
PhD, University of Tasmania, 1995-1999

Professional:
Solicitor, Supreme Court of England & Wales, 1993
Legal Practitioner, Supreme Court of Tasmania, 1993

Honours, awards and grants

Senior Research Fellow (Honorary), Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2014-2015

Key responsibilities

Environmental and Resources Law (2010-); Coordinator, Graduate Certificate of Environmental Compliance (2010-2012; 2014-); Associate Dean (Research) (2010-2012); Postgraduate Coordinator (Research Degrees) (2010-2012); Research Strategy Leader, Law, Legal Studies, Criminology, ERA 2012

Research expertise
Biodiversity conservation
Environmental science and management
Law
Political science
Regions and regionalism
Urban and regional planning
Research interests

Simon specialises in transboundary governance: international law, relations and politics in Asian, Australasian, European and polar contexts, recently with reference to the Espoo, Aarhus and World Heritage Conventions. His PhD (1999), Legislative Environmental Assessment: An Evaluation of Procedure and Context with Reference to Canada and the Netherlands, relates to regulatory impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment (SEA), particularly legislation; this has increased attention under the SEA Protocol and EU Impact Assessment processes.

He has general research interests in environmental law and policy, environmental planning and management, and the relationship between legal systems and law and politics. These relate to domestic law in federal, unitary and mixed systems (Australia, England, Hong Kong), and international and European Union law. Specific research interests focus on strategic and transboundary approaches to EIA, terrestrial and marine protected areas, public participation and access to justice, and treaty based non-compliance procedures. Recent work considers comparative approaches.

Simon has published in numerous law and policy science journals, including International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Nordic Journal of International Law, Review of European Community and International Environmental Law, Chinese Journal of International Law, Environmental and Planning Law Journal, Hong Kong Law Journal, LawAsia Journal, Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, and Australasian Journal of Environmental Management.

He has around 100 publications, most sole authored, including 5 research books (Federation Press, Earthscan / Routledge, Ashgate, Elgar); about 60 chapters, (including 3 different Cambridge collections, another in progress), over 30 refereed articles; and over 20 reviews. Chapters and journal articles since 2005 are linked to this webpage, and a full publications list since 1997 is also available; this includes those entered for the UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2001, and the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2012 and 2015 evaluations.

Teaching interests
  • Environmental Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • Energy and Resources
  • Environmental Policy and Management
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Public Law
  • International Law, Relations and Development
  • Transboundary Environmental Governance
  • Politics and Constitutionalism
Topic coordinator
LLAW3263 Selected Issues in Natural Resources and Climate Law
LLAW3242 Environmental Law
LEGL8300 Principles of Environmental Law
LLIR9508 Issues in Energy and Environmental Security
LLAW1213 Introduction to Public Law
Topic lecturer
LLAW1213 Introduction to Public Law
LLAW3242 Environmental Law
Supervisory interests
Asian regionalism
Environmental law
Polar regions
Transboundary environmental governance
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Common Law / European Law (1)
Associate supervisor: International Law (2)
Publications
Expert for media contact
Antarctica
Asia
Australia
Canada
China
Conservation
Constitution
Development
Environment
Europe
Foreign aid
Globalisation
Government
Great Britain
Hong Kong
Human rights and civil liberties
Indigenous Australia
International relations
Justice
Law
National parks
Polar regions
Politics
Strategic planning
Sustainability
Water resources
Arctic
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Media expertise
  • Antarctica
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • China
  • Conservation
  • Constitution
  • Development
  • Environment
  • Europe
  • Foreign aid
  • Globalisation
  • Government
  • Great Britain
  • Hong Kong
  • Human rights and civil liberties
  • Indigenous Australia
  • International relations
  • Justice
  • Law
  • National parks
  • Polar regions
  • Politics
  • Strategic planning
  • Sustainability
  • Water resources
Interests
  • Arctic

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