Dr Andrew Lawson

Researcher and Deputy Director - Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law (AgLaw); School of Law

Andrew Lawson

Phone: +61 (02) 6773 3551

Email: andrew.lawson@une.edu.au

Biography

Dr Lawson is a teacher in the School of Law and a researcher at the Australian Centre for Agriculture & Law at UNE. He teaches undergraduate and masters’ level students in Property Law, Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, and the foundational subjects for commencing law students. Dr Lawson’s research focuses on sustainable agriculture and the governance of agriculture’s impacts on the environment.  His research includes work on recognition schemes and voluntary stewardship programs for farmers, and hybrid environmental governance arrangements. He currently co-supervises a number of PhD students.

Dr Lawson has a unique combination of agricultural and legal qualifications, and has a professional background in rural and urban environmental issues. Before coming to UNE in 2012, he worked in Hong Kong for local NGO Civic Exchange, for Land & Water Australia in Canberra, and for a grassroots landcare group in Holbrook, southern NSW. After earning his law degree at the University of Queensland, he completed his article clerkship with the Brisbane firm Cannan and Peterson. He enjoys volunteering with local community groups, including the Armidale Urban Rivercare Group (AURG), Armidale Friends of Myall Creek, Armidale Choral Society, and Sustainable Living Armidale.

Qualifications

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

Teaching Areas

  • LAW283: Property Law
  • LAW341/LLM541:  Environmental Law
  • LAW358/LLM558: Natural Resources Law
  • LAW100: Introduction to Legal Systems and Methods
  • LLM533: Fundamentals of Australia’s Common Law System

Research Interests

  • Sustainable agriculture governance
  • Governance of agricultural impacts on the environment
  • Voluntary stewardship programs for farmers
  • Hybrid Governance, Collaborative Governance

Research Supervision Experience

PhD Candidate Supervision

Co-supervisor for:

  1. Jane Gudde (Legitimacy, Effectiveness and Credibility of Agricultural Sustainability Assurance Schemes in Australia)
  2. Jointly Sisiolo (Evaluation of natural resource governance in Solomon Islands: Sustainable forestry)
  3. Nurul Amin (Understanding the role of social-ecological system framework for examining farmers’ capacity to manage soil carbon).

Publications

Journal articles

Andrew Lawson ‘A Conceptual Framework for Exploring Voluntary Stewardship Programs for Land Managers as a Tool of New Environmental Governance’ (2019) 26(2) Australasian Journal of Environmental Management 137–155 https://doi.org/10.1080/14486563.2019.1599741

Andrew Lawson and Paul Martin ‘Evaluating the Governance Potential of Voluntary Stewardship Programs for Farmers’ (2018) 35(3) Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 331–354

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

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

Book chapters

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.

Reference works

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

Industry publications

Andrew Lawson, Amy Cosby, Derek Baker, Shawn Leu, Ed Lefley, Amarjit Sahota,and Nick Bez, ‘Australia’ in Helga Willer and Julia Lernoud (eds) The World of Organic Agriculture – Statistics and Emerging Trends 2019 (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and IFOAM-Organics International, 2019) 294–301.

Andrew Lawson, Andrew Monk and Amy Cosby, ‘Australia’ in Helga Willer and Julia Lernoud (eds) The World of Organic Agriculture – Statistics and Emerging Trends 2018 (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and IFOAM-Organics International, 2018), 302–308.

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, Amy Cosby, Derek Baker, Shawn Leu, Ed Lefley, Euromonitor International, Amarjit Sahota,and Nick Bez, ‘Australian Organic Market Report 2018’ (Australian Organic Limited, 2018).

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