The University of Western Australia’s first female Law School Dean has been named Academic of the Year at the Lawyers Weekly 2016 Australian Law Awards held in Sydney.
Awarded for the first time this year, Academic of the Year recognises the academic who is most effectively shaping legal undergraduate and Juris Doctor (JD) students, instilling a passion for the law, professional excellence and expertise.
Professor Erika Techera said she was honoured to receive the inaugural award and thanked her colleagues for their support.
“UWA has had particular success at these awards in past years with our students winning Law Student of the Year in 2014 and 2015 and I’m sure this award will contribute to further raising UWA Law School’s profile,” she said.
Professor Techera’s area of research is in international and comparative environmental law with a focus on marine environmental law and heritage law and policy.
Her current research explores the international governance arrangements for sharks, Indigenous customary marine management; and marine environmental governance around the Indian Ocean rim. She is also exploring legal frameworks to support marine protected areas and marine spatial planning.
A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, Professor Techera has overseen the successful introduction of the Law School’s JD program, developed new postgraduate programs, recruited high quality research active staff and worked to improve research across a range of areas.
Before joining UWA in 2012, Professor Techera was Director of the Centre for International & Environmental Law at Macquarie University and also served as Co-Director of the Centre for Climate Futures. She also practiced as a barrister in New South Wales.
The Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards recognises individual excellence in the law, from the profession’s most senior ranks to its rising stars. It also celebrates trailblazers in legal business that have challenged traditional models and found better ways to practise law.
Professor Erika Techera (UWA Law School) (+61 8) 6488 2948
David Stacey (UWA Media and PR Manager) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 32 637 716