Dr Andrew Lawson

Lecturer - Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law (AgLaw); School of Law

Andrew Lawson

Phone: +61 (02) 6773 3551

Email: andrew.lawson@une.edu.au


Dr Lawson is currently completing a three-year post-doctoral research fellowship at the Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law (AgLaw Centre), at the University of New England, Armidale NSW. His research focuses on recognition schemes for farmers who demonstrate good environmental performance. Threats to the ecological, social and productive capacity of Australia’s rural environment have spurred interest in arrangements that combine both public and private governance measures (‘collaborative governance’), however, there is insufficient understanding of how such arrangements work in practice. Non-government programs for farmers can make important contributions to environmental management, which could be enhanced in governance partnerships with other government and non-government actors. Dr Lawson’s project explores the risks and opportunities for institutionalizing co-governance arrangements that reward good environmental performance by farmers.


LLB (UQ), B Rur Sci (Hons) (UNE), PhD (UNE)

Teaching Areas

  • LLM533: Fundamentals of Australia’s Common Law System
  • LAW 341/LLM541:  Environmental Law
  • LAW358/LLM558: Natural Resources Law

Research Interests

  • Governance of environmental impacts on farms


Book chapters

Andrew Lawson, 'Land Use', in Halbury's Laws of Australia [title 330, Primary Industry] (LexisNexis, 2017), [330-1] - [330.30] (online publication)

Cameron Holley and Andrew Lawson, ‘Implementing Law and Collaborative Governance’, In: Paul Martin and Amanda Kennedy (eds), Implementing Environmental Law (Edward Elgar, 2015), 238-259.

Journal articles

Andrew Lawson ‘Farmers, Voluntary Stewardship and Collaborative Environmental Governance in Rural Australia’ (2017) 34(4) Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 271-298.

Andrew Lawson ‘Evaluating the Governance Potential of Voluntary Stewardship Programs for Farmers’ (forthcoming)

Andrew Lawson ‘Evaluating the potential of organic certification as a partner in Australian collaborative environmental governance’ (forthcoming)

Tanya Marjoram Howard and Andrew Lawson, ‘Soil Governance: Accessing Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives’ (2015) 1 International Journal of Rural Law and Policy http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/ijrlp/article/view/3776

Refereed conference papers

Mike Wagg and Andrew Lawson, ‘Land, Water & Wool: An Integrated Extension Program in Natural Resource Management on Wool Properties’ (Paper presented at the Australasia Pacific Extension Network (APEN) 2006 International Conference, Beechworth, Australia, 6-8 March 2006).

Other publications

Andrew Lawson, Amy Cosby, Nick Bez and Jacqueline Williams, ‘Australian Organic Market Report 2017’ (Australian Organic Limited, 2017

Andrew Lawson, Andrew Monk and Amy Cosby, ‘Australia’ in Helga Willer and Julia Lernoud (eds) The World of Organic Agriculture – Statistics and Emerging Trends 2017 (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and IFOAM-Organics International, 2017)  276 – 281.

Andrew Lawson and Paul Martin, ‘Voluntary Measures and Environmental Law’ in Essential Readings in Environmental Law (IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, 2014) http://www.iucnael.org/en/essentials-readings-in-environmental-law-topics

Christine Loh, Megan Pilsbury, Andrew Lawson and Mike Kilburn, ‘A Vision of a Green Pearl River Delta: The NDRC’s 2008-2020 Outline Plan for the PRD’, in Jennifer L. Turner (ed) China Environment Series Issue 11-2010/2011, (Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, 2011), 182-186

Andrew Lawson (ed), ‘APCO 101 – A review of the Air Pollution Control Ordinance (an easy-to-read summary of the research findings of Antonio da Roza’ (Civic Exchange, Hong Kong, 2009) http://www.civic-exchange.org/wp/apco-101-a-review-of-the-air-pollution-control-ordinance/

Dinesh Sadhwani, Jonas Chau, Christine Loh, Mike Kilburn, Andrew Lawson, ‘Liquid Assets – water security and management in the Pearl River Basin and Hong Kong’ (Civic Exchange, Hong Kong, 2009) http://civic-exchange.org/en/live/upload/files/091204LiquidAssets.pdf

Andrew Lawson (ed) ‘A Summary of Key Findings – Hong Kong’s Silent Epidemic – public opinion survey on air pollution, environment & public health – 2008 (an easy-to-read summary of the research findings of Michael DeGolyer)’ (Civic Exchange, Hong Kong, 2008) http://www.civic-exchange.org/en/live/upload/files/200901SilentEpidemicS.pdf

Christine Loh, Andrew Lawson and Jonas Chau, ‘Urban Transformers – high performance buildings clean up’ (CLSA, 2008) https://issuu.com/civic-exchange/docs/200810_clsa_20100723_023328

Peter Gorer and Andrew Lawson,‘ “Green” House or Greenhouse? Climate change and the building stock of Hong Kong & Macau’ (Civic Exchange, Hong Kong, 2008) - http://www.civic-exchange.org/en/live/upload/files/200804_greenhouse.pdf

Mike Wagg, Andrew Lawson and Russell Pattinson, ‘Land Water & Wool – Program Management Report’ (Land & Water Australia/ Australian Wool Innovation, 2007)http://lwa.gov.au/files/products/land-water-and-wool/pr071254/pr071254.pdf

Andrew Lawson (ed), ‘Insights: case studies on how woolgrowers are successfully managing pastoral country for profit and sustainability’ (Land & Water Australia/ Australian Wool Innovation, 2006)

Andrew Lawson (ed), Upper Billabong Land & Water Management Plan (Holbrook Landcare Group, 2001)