Erika  Techera Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Erika Techera

Professor of Law
The University of Western Australia

I am an international and comparative environmental lawyer with particular research interests relating to marine environmental law, oceans governance, natural resources law and cultural heritage protection. My most recent projects include Indo-Pacific environmental laws for the blue economy; legal frameworks for shark conservation and management; science, technology and addressing environmental crime; rigs-to-reefs law and policy; and intangible maritime heritage.


I am a Professor of Law in the UWA Law School. I was formerly the Director of the UWA Oceans Institute and before that Dean of the Faculty of Law at UWA. Before becoming an academic I practised as a barrister in Sydney for over 7 years. I have also been a company director. I am a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and in 2016 was recognised in the Lawyers’ Weekly Australian Law Awards as Academic of the Year.  

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    My areas of research include multiple aspects of environmental law and heritage law. I am particularly interested in small island developing states (SIDS) and building research interest and legal capacity in those countries. Most of my research focuses on the Indo-Pacific region. Other areas of research include multi-disciplinarity and the science/technology interface with law/policy.

Personal Interests

    Camping, hiking and exploring the great outdoors
    Wildlife photography
    Australian history and heritage



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Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research

Ensuring good governance of marine wildlife tourism: a case study of ray-based tourism at Hamelin Bay, Western Australia

Published: Mar 11, 2019 by Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research
Authors: Julia DeLorenzo and Erika Techera
Subjects: Environment and Sustainability, Law

This paper focuses on stingray and eagle ray tourism in Hamelin Bay, Western Australia, and examines whether current governance arrangements are sufficient. Although stricter controls were recommended over ten years ago, and some reforms were made, we find that governance remains limited. We make recommendations for the future with implications for governance in Australia and other regions where marine-based tourism is expanding and must be sustainably managed.

(2018) Journal of the Indian Ocean Region. 14(1),  7–27

Supporting blue economy agenda: fisheries, food security and climate change in the Indian Ocean

Published: Jan 01, 2018 by (2018) Journal of the Indian Ocean Region. 14(1), 7–27
Authors: Erika Techera
Subjects: Environment and Sustainability, Law

This article explores marine resource governance in the Indian Ocean, the legal landscape relevant to the management of fisheries, as well as selected national law and policy approaches. Thereafter recommendations are made for advancing law and policy to achieve blue economy goals, address pressures and ensure food security and livelihoods for future generations.