I was formerly Director of Legal Services at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the organisation of the world’s airlines, in Montreal and Geneva and Special Counsel (Aviation) at a national Australian law firm. I am currently an associate professor (part-time) in the law school at the University of Western Australia where I teach aviation law and climate change law.
I am also a partner at aviation and aerospace law firm HodgkinsonJohnston.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Laws and Master of Philosophy degrees. I was also a postgraduate fellow at Columbia University in New York City. Earlier in my career I was Senior Legal Research Officer at the High Court of Australia where I worked mostly for Justice Sir William Deane.
I am the co-author of the book 'Global Climate Change: Australian Law and Policy' (2008), the standard Australian text on climate change law. I have also written numerous refereed journal articles, book chapters, monographs and opinion pieces on climate change law and policy, and spoken at (and convened) conferences on aviation and on climate change around the world.
I was the principal draftsperson of the Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement, and the general editor of the loose-leaf service 'Australian Climate Change Law and Policy.'
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Climate change law
Climate change displacement
Extolling the virtues of a carbon tax rather than an ETS