Dr. Evgeny Guglyuvatyy attended the 10th International Scientific Conference on Energy and Climate Change in Athens, Greece in October. Evgeny presented a paper ‘Failing to see the wood for the trees? A critical analysis of Australia’s tax provisions for land and water conservation’.

This high level international presentation added to Evgeny’s earlier success in 2017 with the publication of ‘Climate Change Justice – an Australian perspective’ in the Carbon and Climate Law Review and a grant from the Singapore Management University 8. Tax Academy of Singapore.

Professor Bee Chen Goh attended the ’40 Years of Rhodes Women – Standing Up for the World’ conference at Rhodes House, Oxford, in September. Bringing together over 150 women Rhodes Scholars, Bee Chen was an invited panelist and speaker on the law and Justice’ panel, and later attended the Oxford ‘Meeting the Minds’ event. Bee Chen is pictured with Prof. Stephen Toofe, Vice Chancellor of Cambridge University at a Cambridge Alumni event, also in September.

Associate Professor John Page‘s monograph Property Diversity and Its Implications (Routledge) was published in early 2017, as part of John’s ongoing scholarly work into the theory of property diversity. Other highlights of the year included conference presentations at the Association of Law Property 8. Society at the University of Michigan in May, the Australasian Property Law conference in Perth in September, publication of a book chapter in the prestigious Modern Studies in Property Law series (Hart), and a journal article ‘Freeing the land Beyond the Shadow of the Law’ in the New Zealand Universities Law Review. The latter explores the links between land tenure and environmental policy in the South Island high country, with its findings used by the NZ Environmental Defence Society in recent litigation.

Dr. Alessandro Pelizzon visited the Peruvian Amazon in July and early August, in particular the remote Purus region, one of the most pristine, biodiverse and culturally rich areas of the planet.

Home to 47 indigenous communities, the tragic impacts of colonisation continue to resonate for the Purus. Alessandro’s research focuses on uncovering current practices of environmental colonisation – a narrative used to dismiss and disregard basic rights of the local population.
Effectively landlocked by a national park created in 2003, the Pururinas are engaged in a once-only pilgramage across the uncharted ‘green sea’ to reach the Papal visit to Puerto Maldonaldo in January 2018 to remind the world that human rights and the rights of nature are one and the same.