Environmental law professor recognised for legendary teaching

Donna Craig 

Professor Donna Craig from the School of Law has been awarded a prestigious international award in recognition of her excellence in environmental law teaching, curriculum development and capacity building for the next generation of environmental law teachers.

Professor Craig was presented the 2017 Distinguished Environmental Law Education Award in the Senior Category by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the world's oldest and largest global environmental network.

The Union paid tribute to Professor Craig's track record as an educator, describing her engagement and encouragement of students as 'legendary'.

"The prize committee was particularly impressed with your strong capacity-building and collaboration activities in the Pacific and Asian regions with respect to environmental law education," it said.

"In addition, you were one of the first to introduce comparative environmental law studies into the curriculum."

Professor Donna Craig is a specialist in environmental law and policy, and is currently the Deputy Director of the International Centre for Ocean Governance at Western Sydney University, which conducts interdisciplinary research into ocean governance for international and national regimes and capacity building and training for the Bangladesh judiciary .

Professor Craig says it's very rewarding to be recognised by the world's pre-eminent environmental lawyers.

"Ever since I grew up in the outback in North West Queensland I've felt a strong connection to the environment, which saw me study law and to later set up one the country's first environmental law course at Macquarie University," says Professor Craig.  

"Having run my own law firm and worked as a consultant, I know the value of thinking for yourself, and I use this experience to help students develop their own solutions to legal and environmental problems."

"There's clear evidence that action learning is the most effective form of study, and I always ensure my students are involved in learning through moots, group work and simulated enquiry to help them develop their legal skills."

The International Union for Conservation of Nature's worldwide network is comprised of more than 180 universities from 57 countries, enabling more than 800 environmental law professors and students to interact and to exchange knowledge, experience and resources.

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18 August 2017

Mark Smith, Senior Media Officer