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Durham Law School is continuing its mission to raise awareness of global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by welcoming Justice Brian Preston, the Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales, as a visiting professor.

Durham Global Environmental Law Lecture Series

Starting in October 2022, Justice Preston and Professor Petra Minnerop will be presenting the Durham Global Environmental Law Lecture Series, organised within the Centre for Sustainable Development Law and Policy (CSDLP). Hear from Justice Preston below.

The CSDLP’s mission is to support the achievement of sustainable development in all its dimensions: environmental, economic and social. 

In the series of eleven lectures, leading justices from the highest courts around the world will offer insights from their judicial practice on the application of international environmental law. This will provide the audience with a variety of perspectives, and it will offer the opportunity to learn from the experience in different jurisdictions. 

 The aim of the series is to: 

  • explore issues that are addressed in global declarations and agreements 
  • understand the developments that have taken place since these instruments were adopted 
  • and to examine the role they have played in judicial decision-making around the world. 

Justice Preston has lectured in post-graduate environmental law for over 30 years. He has published extensively on environmental law, including Australia’s first book on environmental litigation and many articles, book chapters and reviews on environmental law, administrative and criminal law.  

Welcome to Durham Law School 

Professor Petra Minnerop welcomes Justice Preston to Durham University: 

“We are delighted to welcome Justice Preston as visiting professor to Durham Law School and the newly established Durham Centre for Sustainable Development Law and Policy. Having worked with him in the past, I am certain that his presence will be inspiring for students and colleagues. We are looking forward to deliver a range of educational and research events with Justice Preston, thereby raising the awareness for the importance of environmental law for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.” 


Find out more

See full programme and register your place - Durham Global Environmental Law Lecture Series - Durham University 

The 17 SGDs are part of the action agenda 2030. They were adopted in 2015 as part of the celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the United Nations. 

Learn more about the work of  Professor Petra Minnerop 

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About Centre for Sustainable Development Law and Policy: 

The Centre for Sustainable Development Law and Policy was founded in spring 2022. It aims at advancing sustainable development through research across intersecting thematic areas. The Sustainable Development Goals serve as cross-cutting themes in our research projects, policy work, collaborative initiatives and convenorships, including education and training, gender, health, and wellbeing.

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