Professor Paul Martin

Director (on SSP) - Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law (AgLaw)

Paul Martin

Phone: +61 2 6773 3811



Prof. Paul Martin is the Director of the Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law in the School of Law at the University of New England. The Aglaw Centre researches rural governance, particularly of natural resources and the interests of rural (mainly indigenous) people. At the end of 2014 the Centre had three full time scholars, five postdoctoral researchers, and 12 doctoral candidates, with funded research exceeding AUD $6 million under its management.

The Centre uses unique multidisciplinary methods to understand the 'real world' dynamics of governance systems. The issues researched are as diverse as biodiversity protection, invasive species, and economic opportunities for indigenous people. Among many research issues we have addressed are environmental financing and tax reform, transboundary agreements for biodiversity protection in Central Asia, soils governance in China and Mongolia, water governance in Australia, and reforms to regulatory 'architecture' and process. Team members have worked on issues in Australia, the United States, Bangladesh, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Mongolia, China and other jurisdictions. We have a diverse adjunct team and excellent collaborators in many countries.

In leading the Centre over the 10 years since it commenced operation, Paul has drawn on his prior career as a corporate lawyer, corporate advisor, venture capitalist and chairman of public and private companies; as well as his leadership of environmental organisations and public policy research. Paul has more than 100 scholarly publications and holds a number of scholarly positions. Recently his roles have included conducting seminars in China, Brazil and the United Kingdom on methodologies for non-doctrinal environmental law research, academic leadership of a joint IUCN World Commission of Environmental Law (WCEL) and Environmental Law Centre project on evaluation of environmental law, and joint Chairmanship of the WCEL Specialist Group on Sustainable Soils and Agricultural Systems.


B.Juris / L.L.B., M.Com., Certified Practising Accountant, admitted to the NSW Bar

Research Interests

Natural recource management and business, taxation leveraged investment, harvesting and shearing robotics, chemicals, healthcare and high technology.

Current Research

  • ARC Linkage -  "The next generation rural landscape governance: the Australian dimension".
  • RIRDC - Innovations in institutions to improve weed funding, strategy and outcomes.
  • NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services (DTIRIS). - Regional innovation; strategic development community based innovation in the northen inland region of NSW.

Research Grants


Link to UNE's e-Publications for P. Martin's  publications list.

Link to UNE's e-Publications for P.V. Martin's  publications list.


Editorial Panel, Australasian Journal Natural Resources Law & Policy

Editorial Panel, IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Journal

Chief Editor, IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 2009 Conference proceedings