The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management was disestablished on 1 January, 2017.

Following a review, the school was merged with the School of Earth Sciences to create the new School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences website can be found at https://sees.uq.edu.au/

Dr Chris McGrath
Dr Chris McGrath

Position

Senior Lecturer (Environmental Regulation)

Contact

Room:  35-423
Phone: 334-67405
Email: chris.mcgrath@uq.edu.au
Website: Environmental Law Publishing

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Qualifications

  • LLB (Hons) (UQ, 1997)
  • BSc (UQ, 1997)
  • LLM (Environmental Law) (QUT, 2000)
  • PhD (QUT, 2007)

Professional affiliations

Background

Dr McGrath joined The University of Queensland in 2010 to teach Environmental Regulation at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. After graduating from a BSc and LLB at UQ in 1998 he worked as an environmental officer for the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency. From 2000-2010 he practiced in Brisbane as a barrister specialising in environmental regulation. He has published extensively on environmental regulation in Queensland. 

Public interest environmental litigation

Dr McGrath acted as a barrister for individuals and community groups in the following public interest litigation, case studies of which are available on his website:

Research Interests

  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of environmental regulation
  • Climate change and greenhouse gas accounting
  • Vegetation management laws and policies

Research Students

Associate Supervision

Selected publications

Website: Environmental Law Publishing

McGrath C, "Shenhua mine: the federal government could have chosen farming over coal" (The Conversation, 15 June 2015)

McGrath C, “One-stop-shop a messy backward step for Australia” (2014) 31 (3) Environmental and Planning Law Journal 164-191.

McGrath C, “Greens-Palmer deal a roadblock for one-stop shop” (The Conversation, 3 October 2014).

McGrath C, “Mining coup in Queensland removes public objection rights” (The Conversation, 22 September 2014).

McGrath C, “Coalition’s one-stop shop is falling apart” (The Conversation, 28 August 2014).

Holmes G, McGrath C, Larsen J, Hockings M and Moss P, Coastal ecosystems management case study: Baffle basin(Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Townsville, 2013).

Holmes G, McGrath C, Larsen J, Hockings M and Moss P, Coastal ecosystem management case study: fish connectivity (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Townsville, 2013).

Larsen J, Leon J, McGrath C and Trancoso R, Review of the catchment processes relevant to the Great Barrier Reef region (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Townsville, 2013).

McGrath C, “Explainer: one-stop shop for environmental approvals” (The Conversation, 13 December 2013).

McGrath C, “Commonwealth will keep environmental power over state projects” (The Conversation, 30 September 2013).

McGrath C, “Environmental protection industry a job creator” (The Conversation, 20 August 2013).

McGrath C, "Opposition plan to surrender environmental approvals a messy backward step" (The Conversation, 29 June 2013).

McGrath C, "Regulating water: debate swirls around Commonwealth's role" (The Conversation, 20 May 2013).

McGrath C, "A reef under siege" Australian Geographic, March-April 2013.

McGrath C, "Australia coy in report on heritage status of Great Barrier Reef" (The Conversation, 4 February 2013).

McGrath C, "UNESCO/IUCN reactive monitoring mission report on the Great Barrier Reef", August 2012 Australian Environment Review 253-257

McGrath C, "Sydney Harbour's toxic legacy shows value of green safety net" (The Conversation, 17 December 2012).

McGrath C, "Mending holes in the green safety net" (Precedent, November/December 2012). 

McGrath C, "Australia's scramble egg of government: who has the environmental power?" (The Conversation, 5 December 2012).

McGrath C, "Energy White Paper plans to burn, burn, burn it all" (The Conversation, 9 November 2012).

Grigg K and McGrath C, "Scales of justice tipping against the community in Queensland" (The Conversation, 6 November 2012).

McGrath C, "Are we deliberately destroying the Great Barrier Reef?" (Crikey, 5 October 2012).

McGrath C, "UNESCO/IUCN reactive monitoring mission report on the Great Barrier Reef", August 2012 Australian Environment Review 253-257

McGrath C, "On Alpha Coal Mine, Burke clearly right in battle with Newman" (The Conversation, 24 August 2012)

McGrath C, "Federal 'green-tape' myth for Alpha Coal Mine" (The Conversation, 6 June 2012).

McGrath C, "Carbon tax is politically astute but profoundly inadequate" (The Conversation, 14 July 2011).

McGrath C, Synopsis of the Queensland Environmental Legal System (Environmental Law Publishing, Brisbane, 2011).

McGrath C, Does Environmental Law Work? How to Evaluate the Effectiveness of an Environmental Legal System (Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken, 2010).

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McGrath C, “Australia’s draft climate laws” (2009) 26 (4) Environmental and Planning Law Journal 267-291.

McGrath C, “Laws affecting the environment”, Ch 24 in Lusk N, The Queensland Law Handbook: Your Practical Guide to the Law (10th ed, Caxton Legal Centre, Brisbane, 2009).

Betton RJS and McGrath CJ, “Developing an Approach to the Listing of Ecological Communities to Achieve Conservation Outcomes” (2009) 13 (1) Australian Journal of Environmental and Resources Law 61-92.

McGrath C, “Flying foxes, dams and whales: Using federal environmental laws in the public interest” (2008) 25 Environmental and Planning Law Journal 324-359.

McGrath C, “Will we leave the Great Barrier Reef for our children?” (IUCN 2008 Alexandre Kiss Award, Bonn, 2008).

McGrath C, “Regulating greenhouse gas emissions from Australian coal mines”, Ch 14 in Gumley W & Daya-Winterbottom T (eds), Climate Change Law: Comparative, Contractual & Regulatory Considerations (Lawbook Co, Sydney, 2008).

McGrath C, "Easy answers to climate change will kill our natural wonders" (Courier Mail, Brisbane, 9 September 2008). 

McGrath C, "Time is running out" (Townsville Bulletin, 16 April 2008).

McGrath C, “Legal liability for climate change in Queensland” (2007/2008) 13 (58) Queensland Environmental Practice Reporter 34-53.

McGrath C, “Setting climate change targets to protect the Great Barrier Reef” (2007) 24 (3) Environmental and Planning Law Journal 182-197.

McGrath C, “The Xstrata Case: Pyrrhic victory or harbinger?”, Ch 13 in Bonyhady T and Christoff P (eds), Climate Law in Australia (The Federation Press, Sydney, 2007).

McGrath C, “End of broadscale land clearing in Queensland” (2007) 24 (1) Environmental and Planning Law Journal 5-13.

McGrath C, Synopsis of the Queensland Environmental Legal System (4th ed, Environmental Law Publishing, Brisbane, 2006).

McGrath C, Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999”, paper prepared for the 2006 Australian State of the Environment Committee (Department of the Environment and Heritage, Canberra, 2006).

McGrath C, “Swirls in the stream of Australian environmental law: debate on the EPBC Act” (2006) 23 (3) Environmental and Planning Law Journal 165-184.

McGrath C, “Key concepts of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth)” (2005) 22 (1) Environmental and Planning Law Journal 20-39.

McGrath C, “Summary and critical analysis of major vegetation management laws in Queensland” (2002/2003) 8 (37) Queensland Environmental Practice Reporter 86-102.

McGrath C, “The Flying Fox Case” (2001) 18 (6) Environmental and Planning Law Journal 540-560.

McGrath C, “Uranium Mining, Use and Disposal Law in Australia: The Case for a Cradle-to-Grave Philosophy” (2000) 17 (6) Environmental and Planning Law Journal 502-518.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • ENVM3103/7123 Regulatory Frameworks for Environmental Management & Planning
  • ENVM3104/7124 International Regulatory Frameworks for Climate Change & Environmental Management

 

Last updated: Oct 11, 2016

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