Professor Donna Craig

Professor Donna Craig

Professor In Environmental Law,
School Of Law

Biography

PROFESSOR DONNA CRAIG

Donna Craig is a specialist in international, comparative and national environmental law and policy at Western Sydney University. She was one of the earliest academics to specialise in environmental law (from 1976) and has researched and taught across a wide range of environmental law areas and jurisdictions. In particular, she was a pioneer in the development of curricula and teaching in Comparative Environmental Law (focusing on the Asia and Pacific Regions), International Environmental Law, Sustainable Development Law, Corporate Environmental Law, Australian Environmental and Planning Law and Comparative Indigenous Governance Regimes. She has also made significant research and teaching contributions in aspects of  Biodiversity Law (relating to recognition of knowledge and practices of Indigenous and local communities, intellectual and cultural property rights, recognition of customary laws and community based environmental management), participatory approaches to environmental decision-making, environmental impact assessment and social impact assessment. Donna also held a Research Chair as Professor of Desert Knowledge, Charles Darwin University. She has over 40 years experience in environmental law research, legal practice, teaching and working with communities, NGO’s, environmental organisations, governments and corporations. Her research and publications emphasize the social, cultural and human rights dimensions of legislation, programs, impact assessment and sustainable development. Her climate change and water law research includes climate adaptation, resource management, capacity building and Indigenous cultural values. She also works with Indigenous and local communities developing natural resource based livelihoods and advising on national and international legal regimes. Donna served as Foundation Board Member of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Regional Vice-Chair for Oceania of the IUCN Commission of Environmental Law, Regional Governor of the International Council on Environmental Law, Board Member of the Northern Territory Environmental Protection Authority and Member of Advisory Board of Greenland-based International Training Centre of Indigenous Peoples. She is currently Deputy Director of the International Centre for Ocean Governance (ICOG) at the University of Western Sydney delivering capacity building training for the Bangladesh judiciary (2017-2020). Donna was awarded the International IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Distinguished Education Award (Senior Academic) in 2017.

This information has been contributed by Professor Craig.

Qualifications

  • Master of Laws York University (Canada)
  • Bachelor of Arts University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Laws University of New South Wales

Professional Memberships

  • Deputy Director International Centre for Ocean Governance (2016 - 2016)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • School Of Law

Contact

Email: Donna.Craig@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9685 9143
Mobile:
Location: EK.G.02
Parramatta
Website:

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 200800 International Climate Law, 2014
  • 200800 International Climate Law, 2015
  • 200800 International Climate Law, 2016
  • 200801 International Environmental Law, 2015
  • 200801 International Environmental Law, 2016

Publications

Books

  • Nettheim, G., Meyers, G. and Craig, D. (2003), 'Capacity Building for Environmental Law in the Asian and Pacific Region: Approaches and Resources', : Asian Development Bank 971561423X.
  • Nettheim, G., Meyers, G. and Craig, D. (2002), 'Indigenous Peoples and Governance Structures: a Comparative Analysis of Land and Resource Management Rights', : AIATSIS - Aboriginal Studies Press 085575379X.

Chapters in Books

  • Manzoor Rashid, A., Craig, D. and Mukul, S. (2017), 'Shifting paradigm of governance in the natural resources management of Bangladesh : a centralist to pluralistic approach in the forest protected areas management', Protected Areas: Policies, Management and Future Directions, Nova 9781536106640.
  • Craig, D. (2015), 'Legal strategies to expand indigenous governance in climate change adaptation', The Search for Environmental Justice, Edward Elgar 9781784719418.
  • Martin, P. and Craig, D. (2015), 'Accelerating the evolution of environmental law through continuous learning from applied experience', Implementing Environmental Law, Edward Elgar 9781783479290.
  • Craig, D. and Jeffery, M. (2014), 'Adaptive governance for extreme events in peri-urban areas : a case study of the Greater Western Sydney', The Security of Water, Food, Energy and Liveability of Cities: Challenges and Opportunities for Peri-Urban Futures, Springer 9789401788779.
  • Williams, J., Kennedy, A. and Craig, D. (2014), 'Lost in translation : threatened species law in Australia', Global Environmental Law at a Crossroads, Edward Elgar 9781783470846.
  • Craig, D. and Jeffery, M. (2013), 'Legal pluralism : notions of standing and legal process constraining assessment', Sustainability Assessment: Pluralism, Practice and Progress, Routledge 9780415598491.
  • Craig, D. and Jeffery, M. (2011), 'The Recognition and Enforcement of Indigenous Customary Law in Environmental Regimes and Natural Resource Management', Compliance and Enforcement in Environmental Law, Edward Elgar 97818488448315.
  • Craig, D. and Jeffery, M. (2011), 'Social Licence Issues in Developing Economies', Defending the Social Licence of Farming, CSIRO Publishing 9780643101593.
  • Craig, D. and Jeffery, M. (2010), 'Non-lawyers and legal regimes: Public participation for ecologically sustainable development', The Future of International Environmental Law, United Nations University Press 9789280811926.
  • Craig, D. and Jeffery, M. (2009), 'The Recognition and Enforcement of Indigenous Customary Law in Environmental Regimes and Natural Resources Management', Proceedings of the 4th IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium Series, Edward Elgar .
  • Craig, D. (2009), 'Implementing Sustainable Development in the Arctic: What Principles Should Guide Environmental Governance in Traditional Areas of Indigenous Peoples Facing the Impacts of Climate Change', The Yearbook of Polar Law, Martinus Nijhoff 1876-8814.
  • Jeffery, M. and Craig, D. (2008), 'Global Environmental Governance and the United Nations in the 21st Century', Environmental Governance: Concepts, Relevance and Lessons, The Ikfai University Press 9788131419038.
  • Craig, D. (2007), 'Indigenous Property Rights to Water: Environmental Flows, Cultural Values and Tradeable Property Rights', Adapting Rules for Sustainable Resource Use, Earthscan .
  • Richardson, B. and Craig, D. (2006), 'Indigenous Peoples, Law and the Environment', Environmental Law for Sustainablility, Hart Publishing .
  • Craig, D. (2004), 'Biological Resources, Intellectual Property Rights and International Human Rights: Impacts on Indigenous and Local Communities', Intellectual Property and Biological Resources: Perspectives on Contemporary Issues, Marshall Cavendish International Academic Publishing .
  • Craig, D. and Jeffery, M. (2004), 'Wildlife Management in Australia: Different Perspectives on Indigenous Participation', Revista de Direito Ambiental, Instituto O Direito por um Planeta Verde .
  • Craig, D. (2003), 'Globalising Indigenous Rights', Globalisation and Australian Law, Federation Press .

Journal Articles

  • Rashid, M., Craig, D. and Kahn, N. (2015), 'Selected dynamics of collaborative protected area management in the global North and South : experiences from Australia and Nepal', International Journal of Research on Land-use Sustainability, vol 2, no 2 , pp 113 - 124.
  • Rashid, A., Craig, D., Mukul, S. and Khan, N. (2013), 'A journey towards shared governance : status and prospects for collaborative management in the protected areas of Bangladesh', Journal of Forestry Research, vol 24, no 3 , pp 599 - 605.
  • Rashid, M., Craig, D., Jeffery, M. and Kahn, N. (2013), 'Forest protected area governance in Bangladesh : a focus on the legal and policy framework', Chinese Journal of Population Resources and Environment, vol 11, no 4 , pp 345 - 351.
  • Jeffery, M. and Craig, D. (2011), 'Application of Environmental Conflict Resolution to Public Interest Issues in Water Disputes', International Journal of Rural Law and Policy, vol 2011 Special Edition , pp 1 - 13.
  • Craig, D. and Gachenga, E. (2010), 'The recognition of Indigenous customary law in water resource management', The Journal of Water Law, vol 20, no 40699 , pp 278 - 284.
  • Jeffery, M. and Craig, D. (2009), 'Integrating Sustainable Development into Global Institutions: Reforming the United Nations', Chinese Journal of Population, Resources and Environment, .
  • Craig, D. and Davis, M. (2005), 'Ethical Relationships for Biodiversity Research and Benefit Sharing with Indigenous Peoples', Macquarie Journal of International and Comparative Environmental Law, vol 2, no 2 , pp 30 - 74.
  • Craig, D. (2002), 'Recognising Indigenous Rights Through Co-Management Regimes: Canadian and Australian Experiences', New Zealand Journal of Environmental Law, vol 6 , pp 199 - 255.

Conference Papers

  • Rashid, M., Craig, D., Jeffery, M. and Mukul, S. (2011), 'Shifting paradigm of governance in the natural resource management sector of Bangladesh : centralist to pluralistic approach in forest protected areas management', Conference on 40 years of Bangladesh : Retrospect and Future Prospects, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Huda, S., Allen, J., Sinclair, C., Andrews, T., Lopes, A., Duarte, F., Bambrick, H., Craig, D., Jeffery, M. and Campbell, S. (2010), 'Climate Change: Building Leadership Capacity within a Higher Education Institution', International Farming Systems Association Europe Group Conference, Vienna.

Other Publications

  • 2009, 'An Agreement Approach that Recognises Customary Law in Water Management: Final Report', Research Report

Research

I am Deputy Director of ICOG and will be developing the Capacity Building Training Courses and the Research Programs with ICOG Director (Daud Hassan), our collaborative Partners and other stakeholders. The courses are expected to commence in 2017.

 PhD Supervision

 Supervised 24 Environmental Law PhD Students (2006-2016) who have successfully completed with no corrections, or minor corrections, to their Dissertations. Most were international students awarded scholarships (from Australia, China, Bangladesh, Philipines, Thailand, India, Brazil, Uganda, Kenya) with a wide range of comparative environmental law topics.  Many have been from China and a growing number of current graduate students are from Bangladesh.

 Major Research Grants

  • Awarded Australian Research Council Large Grant for study of Legal Frameworks for Sustainable Development in Australia and the Asian Region (1991-1993). Principal Investigator with Ben Boer.
  • Awarded Australian Research Council Small Grant (1991) for study of cross cultural approaches to environmental law and indigenous peoples including co-management of national parks (Principal Investigator with Ben Boer).
  • Awarded Australian Research Council Collaborative Research Grant (with National Native Title Tribunal) for a comparative legal study of Indigenous governance of their lands and resources (1997-1999). PrincipaI Investigator with Garth Nettheim and Gary Meyers.
  • Awarded Australian Research Linkage Grant (2006-2009) on Analysis of legislation and policies affecting the development of Indigenous wildlife-based enterprises. (Principal Investigator (with Stephen Garnett, Bruce Campbell and Peter Whitehead).
  • Awarded Land and Water Australia Grant (2006-2007) on An Agreement-based Approach to Customary Law Governance in Water Resource Management (Principal Investigator).
  • Land and Water Grant and Desert Knowledge CRC Grant (2004-2007). Co-Researcher with Principal Investigator Naomi Rea) on Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Cultural Knowledge in the Management of Inland Waters.
  • Awarded Christensen Fund Grant (2005-2007) on Indigenous Governance of Natural Resources within Melanesia: A Project to Develop Legal Capacity-Building, Strengthening Community-Based Institutions, Customary Laws And Environmental Management Approaches (Chief Investigator with Michael Jeffery).
  • Awarded Northern Territory Innovation Grant (2004-2007) for Research Capacity Building in Central Australia for Effective Institutions for Sustainable  Indigenous Economic Development (with additional funding from Charles Darwin University, CSIRO  and Desert Knowledge Co-operative Research Centre). Principal Investigator with Jocelyn Davies.

This information has been contributed by Professor Craig.

Previous Projects

Title: International trainer for IUCN academy ?train the teachers? Asian program
Years: 2016-08-15 - 2016-09-30
ID: P00024247
Western Researchers: Donna Craig
Funding:
  • IUCN Academy of Environmental law

Supervision

Current Supervision

Title: Managing Invasive Plants for Sustainable Farming and Biodiversity Protection in Bangladesh
Field of Research:
Title: The Recognition of Muang Fai Water Resource Management Customary Law for Sustainable Development in Thailand
Field of Research:
Title: The Role of Smart Renewable Energy Regulation for Sustainable Development: The Case of Solar Electricity in Thailand
Field of Research: LAW
Title: The Implementation of International Legal Principles and Policy on the Forest Regime in Bangladesh
Field of Research:
Title: Protection and Preservation of Wetland Area In Southern Iraq Case Study: Al Hammar Marsh
Field of Research:
Title: The Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna River Basin: Legal Rights of Downstream Communities and Ecology in International Riparian States
Field of Research:
Title: Potential Role of New Concession Contracts in Promoting the Development of Iran's Upstream Oil and Gas Industry
Field of Research: LAW
Title: Recognition of Water Management Customary Laws for Sustainable Development in Thailand: A Case Study of Muang Fai
Field of Research:
Title: Integrating Customary and Statutory Law Systems of Water Governance for Sustainable Development. The Case of the Marakwet of Kenya
Field of Research:
Title: The Nature and Efficiency of New Concession Contracts
Field of Research:
Title: Utilising the Institutional Arrangements in Financial Markets as a Model for Environmental Resource Markets
Field of Research:
Title: River Basin Adaptation in the Context of Climate Change: Legal Dimensions
Field of Research:
Title: The Legal and Policy Framework in China for the Control of Carbon Emission as the Result of Energy Consumption from an Australian and International Perspective
Field of Research:
Title: A Framework for the Balance Between the Protection of Private Property Rights and Environmental Regulatory Land Takings in China -- Experiences from Western Countries'
Field of Research:
Title: Evaluating the Impact of the Iranian Buy-Back Contractual Model in the InternationalPetroleum Trade on the Development of Iran's Energy Sector
Field of Research:
Title: Preserving Biodiversity and Human Health: Implementing International Law and Standards Relating to GMOS in China
Field of Research:
Title: Securing the Publics' Right to Participate in China's Environmental Protection Regime
Field of Research:
Title: Can Kaparti Ecology be the Touchstone for Effective Biodiversity Protection and Prevention of Further Loss in Indigenous and Now-Indigenous Protected Areas in Australia?
Field of Research:
Title: Procedural Framework for Cooperative Sustainable Governance of Water Resources in the Mekong River Basin
Field of Research:
Title: Legal Framework for Community Participation in Governance: The Role of Co-management in the Forest Protected Areas Management of Bangladesh
Field of Research:
Title: Partnership with Smallholder Farmers' in Enviromental Decision Making and its Affect on Resillence to Climate Change
Field of Research:
Title: Marine Genetic Resources in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction
Field of Research:
Title: Explore whether children in statutory out of home care have a right to challenge decisions made in their 'best interest'.
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Title: Legal Issues for Implementing The Clean Development Mechanism in China
Field of Research: LAW
Thesis: Legal Issues for Implementing The Clean Development Mechanism in China
Title: Climate Change and Variability in the Ganga Basin in India: The Role of the Supreme Court in Legal and Institutional Change
Field of Research: LAW
Thesis: Climate Change and Variability in the Ganga Basin in India: The Role of the Supreme Court in Legal and Institutional Change
Title: Developing an Appropriate Contaminated Land Regime in China (Lessons Learned from the US and UK)
Field of Research: LAW
Thesis: Developing an Appropriate Contaminated Land Regime in China (Lessons Learned from the US and UK)
Title: Sustainability Governance in the Delivery Phase of Infrastructure - Two Case Studies from the Urban Rail Sector
Field of Research: PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Thesis: Sustainability Governance in the Delivery Phase of Infrastructure - Two Case Studies from the Urban Rail Sector
Title: A Procedural Framework for Cooperative Sustainable Governance of Water Resources in the Mekong River Basin
Field of Research: LAW
Thesis: A Procedural Framework for Cooperative Sustainable Governance of Water Resources in the Mekong River Basin
Title: Legal Framework for Community Participation in Governance: The Role of Co-management in the Forest Protected Areas Management of Bangladesh
Field of Research: LAW NOT ELSEWHERE CLASSIFIED
Thesis: Legal Framework for Community Participation in Governance: The Role of Co-management in the Forest Protected Areas Management of Bangladesh
Title: Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation in the Yangtze Water Resources Management in China: A Legal and Institutional Perspective
Field of Research: INTERNATIONAL LAW; LAW NOT ELSEWHERE CLASSIFIED
Thesis: Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation in the Yangtze Water Resources Management in China: A Legal and Institutional Perspective
Title: China's Way to Carbon Emissions Reduction: The Choice of Regulatory Instruments and its Legal Challenges
Field of Research: LAW; POLICY STUDIES; ECONOMICS
Thesis: China's Way to Carbon Emissions Reduction: The Choice of Regulatory Instruments and its Legal Challenges
Title: Legal and Institutional Principles and Guidelines for Strengthening the Role of Local Government in Bangladesh to Facilitate Food Security Impacted by Climate Change
Field of Research: AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENTAL AND RELATED STUDIES NEC; LAW NOT ELSEWHERE CLASSIFIED; OTHER MANAGEMENT AND COMMERCE; POLICY STUDIES
Thesis: Legal and Institutional Principles and Guidelines for Strengthening the Role of Local Government in Bangladesh to Facilitate Food Security Impacted by Climate Change
Title: Transformation in Development Planning Frameworks for Promotion of Sustainable Development of Agriculture in Bangladesh
Field of Research: OTHER MANAGEMENT AND COMMERCE; POLICY STUDIES
Thesis: Transformation in Development Planning Frameworks for Promotion of Sustainable Development of Agriculture in Bangladesh
Title: Integrating Customary and Statutory Law Systems of Water Governance for Sustainable Development. The Case of the Marakwet of Kenya
Field of Research: LAW
Thesis: Integrating Customary and Statutory Law Systems of Water Governance for Sustainable Development. The Case of the Marakwet of Kenya
Title: Utilising Taxation Incentives to Promote Private Sector Funded Conservation
Field of Research: OTHER MANAGEMENT AND COMMERCE
Thesis: Utilising Taxation Incentives to Promote Private Sector Funded Conservation

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