Jacqueline Peel

Professor Jacqueline Peel

Associate Dean, Melbourne Law Masters (from March 2016)


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Professor Jacqueline Peel is an expert in the field of environmental and climate change law. Her scholarship on these topics encompasses international, transnational and national dimensions, as well as interdisiplinary aspects of the law/science relationship in the environmental field. Professor Peel is the author or co-author of five books and numerous articles on these topics. She has been an active contributor to public policy formulation on climate change and environmental issues at the national and international level through her work on bodies such as the ILA Committee on Legal Principles Relating to Climate Change. Professor Peel's research has attracted funding from various organisations including the Australian Research Council, VCCCAR and the United States Studies Centre. She has also been the recipient of prestigious awards such as a Fulbright Scholarship and NYU Hauser Scholarship.

Jacqueline Peel is a Professor at the Melbourne Law School. She holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws (Hon I) from the University of Queensland, a Master of Laws from New York University where she was a Fulbright scholar, and a PhD from the University of Melbourne. In 2003-2004, Jacqueline returned to NYU Law School as a Hauser Research Scholar and Emile Noel Fellow. Prior to her appointment at Melbourne, Jacqueline completed an internship at the United Nations International Law Commission, working with Professor James Crawford on the ILC's State responsibility articles. From 1997 to 1999 she practised environmental and planning law at the national law firm of Allens Arthur Robinson.

Jacqueline's research interests are in the areas of environmental law (domestic and international), risk regulation and the role of science and climate change law. She has published numerous articles and several books on these topics, including Australian Climate Law in a Global Context  (CUP, Melbourne, 2013 with A. Zahar and L. Godden)Principles of International Environmental Law (3rd ed, CUP, UK, 2012, with P. Sands); Environmental Law: Scientific, Policy and Regulatory Dimensions (OUP, 2010, with L Godden); Science and Risk Regulation in International Law (CUP, UK,  2010) and The Precautionary Principle in Practice (Federation Press, 2005). 
In the emerging field of climate change law Jacqueline has published articles on the scope of the discipline and climate litigation in leading Australian journals as well as a leading Australian text: Australian Climate Law in a Global Context – published by Cambridge University Press (with A Zahar and L Godden). Together with L Godden and R Keenan, Jacqueline held an ARC Discovery grant to examine the regulatory framework for responding to climate change in Australia (2009-2011). She is now undertaking a new ARC funded research project (with H Osofsky from the University of Minnesota Law School) on the role of climate change litigation in transitioning to a clean energy future. In 2009, Jacqueline secured a US Studies Centre grant to undertake a comparative analysis of Californian and Australian climate change law. During 2012-2013 Jacqueliine was a Visiting Scholar at the Berkeley Law School's Centre for Law, Energy and Environment (UC Berkeley, California) and also at Stanford Water in the West, Stanford University. The latter appointment at Stanford will continue during 2013-2014.

Representative Publications
  • A. Zahar, J. Peel and L. Godden, 'Australian Climate Law in Global Context', (2013).
  • J. Peel and H. Osofsky, 'Climate change litigation's regulatory pathways: A comparative analysis of the United States and Australia' (2013) 35 Law & Policy .
  • P. Sands, J. Peel, A. Fabra and R. MacKenzie, 'Principles of International Environmental Law', (3 ed, 2012).
  • J. Peel, L. Godden and R. Keenan, 'Climate change law in an era of multi-level governance' (2012) 1 Transnational Environmental Law .
  • J. Peel, 'Issues in climate change litigation' (2011) 5 Carbon & Climate Law Review .
  • J. Peel, 'Science and Risk Regulation in International Law', (2010).
  • L. Godden and J. Peel, 'Environmental law: Scientific, policy and regulatory dimensions', (2010).
  • J. Peel, 'Interpretation and application of the precautionary principle: Australia's contribution' (2009) 18 Review of European Community and International Environmental Law .
  • J. Peel, 'Climate change law: The emergence of a new legal discipline' (2008) 32 Melbourne University Law Review .
  • L. Godden and J. Peel, 'The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth): Dark sides of virtue' (2007) 31 Melbourne University Law Review .
  • J. Peel, 'A GMO by Any Other Name ... Might Be an SPS Risk!: Implications of Expanding the Scope of the WTO Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Agreement' (2006) 17 European Journal of International Law 1009-1031.
  • J. Peel, 'The precautionary principle in practice: Environmental decision-making and scientific uncertainty', (2005).

Areas of Expertise:

The Melbourne Law Masters:
  • Environmental Law (2016)

  • Current Research Interests


    Domestic and international environmental law, including trade and environment interactions and climate change regulation. 

    Law and science in environmental law, including risk regulation and the role of the precautionary principle.

    Other Faculty and University Responsibilities

    JD Course Director (Students) 2011-2

    Memberships and Affiliations


    International Law Association, Committee on Legal Principles relating to Climate Change

    Australia/New Zealand Society of International Law

    American Society of International Law

    National Environmental Law Association

    Environmental Defenders' Office

    Society for Risk Analysis












    Australian Fulbright Scholar 1999-2000

    Hauser Scholar (NYU) 2003-2004

    USSC Research Associate 2009