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Prof. Volkmar Lauber


 Prof Volkmar Lauber is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Salzburg, Austria. He received his degrees from the University of Vienna (doctorate in law 1968), Harvard Law School (Master of Laws 1970) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ph.D. in Political Science 1977). Prior to returning to Austria he taught at several US institutions, including one year at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy. For several years he was board member of the FWF (the Austrian Science Fund) in charge of social sciences and is still representing the FWF in the Standing Committee on the Social Sciences of the European Science Foundation. His research and publications relate mostly to the politics of public policy - economic policy, environmental policy and most recently energy and climate policy, particularly in the EU and several of its member states. Recent publications in the journals Energy Policy; Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society; Energy & Environment; Zeitschrift für Neues Energierecht. He is the editor of Switching to Renewable Power (London: Earthscan, 2005).
 
Prof. Adrian Bradbrook
 Prof Bradbrook's main research work lies in the fields of sustainable energy law, environmental law and property law.  He has published extensively in these fields.  He has held the position of Chair of the Working Group on Energy Law and Climate Change for the IUCN (World Conservation Union) and has worked on a number of UN projects relating to energy law.  He is a Member of the Board of Editors of the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, the Australasian Journal of Natural Resources Law and Policy, the Journal of Renewable Energy Law and Policy and the Australian Property Law Journal.
 
Adrian is the recipient of several major Australian Research Council Discovery and other grants.  He currently holds a grant (with Judith Gardam) on “Creating a Comprehensive International Law of Sustainable Energy: The Contribution of Law to Sustainable Development and Climate Change”.
 
 Pablo del Rio
 Pablo del Rio is a Research Fellow with the Instituto de Políticas y Bienes Públicos (IPP), part of the CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas) in Madrid [The CSIC is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe]. He has published more than 50 papers, half of them in international journals, on the economics of climate change, the economic analysis of renewable energy promotion schemes, the economic analysis of the interactions between energy and climate change policies and environmental technological change. He has participated in five projects funded by the European Commission on the economic analysis of renewable electricity promotion schemes and other mitigation instruments (such as the EU Emissions Trading Scheme), including New Networks, New Agendas (1996-1999), Intracert (2000-2001), Admire-Rebus (2001-2003), Green-X (2002-2004) y Lessons learnt from the national allocation of allowances (2005-2006).
 
Dr Mark Diesendorf
(joint paper with Greg Buckman) 
 Dr Mark Diesendorf teaches, researches and consults in the interdisciplinary fields of sustainable energy, energy policy, sustainable urban transport, theory of sustainability, ecological economics, and practical processes by which government, business and other organisations can achieve ecologically sustainable and socially just development. Prior to joining the Institute of Environmental Studies in 2004 he was a Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO in the 1980s, senior lecturer in Human Ecology at the Australian National University (1994-1996), then Professor of Environmental Science and Founding Director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney (1996-2001), and then Director of the private consultancy Sustainability Centre Pty Ltd (2001-2007).
He has collaborated with and consulted for a wide range of organisations. Based on his belief that science, technology and economics should serve the community at large, he has been at various times secretary of the Society for Social Responsibility in Science (Canberra), co-founder and vice-president of the Sustainable Energy Industries Council of Australia, co-founder and president of the Australasian Wind Energy Association, president of the Australia New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics (ANZSEE) and vice-president of Appropriate Technology for Community and Environment (APACE).
He is co-editor of the interdisciplinary book Human Ecology, Human Economy: Ideas for an Ecologically Sustainable Future (1997) and author of Greenhouse Solutions with Sustainable Energy (2007). His latest book, Climate Action: A Campaign Manual for Greenhouse Solutions, was published in 2009.
 
 
Greg Buckman
Greg Buckman is a PhD candidate at the ANU's Fenner School of Environment and Society.
He has written books on globalisation policy as well as on Tasmania's natural environment.
He has also been a research assistant to the Australian Greens' climate change
spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
 
 Dr Hugh Saddler
 Dr. Saddler is Principal Consultant in the Climate Change Business Unit of pitt&sherry and also the Managing Director of Sustainability Advice Team. He has been fully engaged in the analysis of major national energy policy issues in the UK and Australia, as an academic, government employee and consultant, for nearly four three decades. He is the author of a book on Australian energy policy and of over 70 scientific papers, monographs and articles on energy, technology and environmental policy. He is also a regular commentator in the electronic and print media. He is a member of the Board of the Australia Institute and of the Climate Institute. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the ANU Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems.
 
Prof. Frede Hvelplund Frede Hvelplund, Professor in Energy Planning, Aalborg University, Denmark, is an economist and social anthropologist, and  has been dealing with energy planning questions at the Energy and Environment Group at Aalborg University for more than 25 years.
His research focuses on the analysis of the relationship between energy policy, public regulation and environmental economics. Moreover, he is concerned with the development and implementation of renewable energy as well as energy efficiency technologies. Winner of the 2008 EUROSOLAR European Solar prize competition, and awarded the 2008 European Solar Prize , "the special prize for extraordinary individual commitment.". In 2001 he wrote two books on neo-liberalistic reforms at the Danish Energy scene: “Renewable Energy Governance Systems” (120 pages) and “ Electricity reforms, Democracy and Technological Change”. (200 pages).
 
Prof. Stephen Ferrey
 Steven Ferrey is the author of six books and more than seventy-five articles on the energy-environmental legal and policy interface. These books include THE LAW OF INDEPENDENT POWER (21st ed. 2007), now utilized as the definitive treatise on energy and power on every continent of the world; THE NEW RULES: A GUIDE TO ELECTRIC MARKET REGULATION (2000); and ENVIRONMENTAL LAW: EXAMPLES & EXPLANATIONS (4th ed. 2007) (also translated into Mandarin and used in China). His articles on energy policy during the past five years have appeared in law reviews at Harvard, Duke, William & Mary, University of Virginia, Boston College, and New York University. He is Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School, Adjunct Professor of Law at Boston University Law School, and in 2003 was Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

 

 Andrew Macintosh Andrew Macintosh is an environmental law and policy expert and is the Associate Director of the ANU Centre for Climate Law and Policy.
After leaving university, Andrew worked as a solicitor at Mallesons Stephens Jacques and later at Minter Ellison, where he was a member of the firm’s environmental and planning law group.
Andrew has also tutored in law at several colleges at Cambridge University and has worked as a legal officer at Cambridge City Council. Prior to joining the ANU College of Law, Andrew was Deputy Director of The Australia Institute and has previously worked as an environmental advisor to the Australian Democrats.
Andrew has written extensively on environmental law and policy, particularly climate change. He is currently co-writing a history of the environment and heritage portfolio under the Howard Government.
 
 Dr James Prest
 Dr Prest is a lecturer in law specialising in environmental law with interests in administrative law and litigation and is a Member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law. He is currently publishing papers on renewable energy law (particularly on feed-in tariffs and tradeable RE certificates law), and major projects legislation. His research interests are in the areas of renewable energy law, climate change law, special projects legislation, biodiversity law, and environmental offences. Recent publications regarding renewable energy law include (2009), "A Dangerous Obsession with Least Cost? Climate Change, Renewable Energy Law and Emissions Trading", Ch.12 in Gumley & Daya-Winterbottom (eds.) Climate Change Law: Comparative, Contractual & Regulatory Considerations, Thomson Reuters; (2009), "Sustainability and the law: Climate Change, energy and urban issues", ACT Environmental Law Handbook 2nd edition; (2007) "The Bald Hills Wind Farm Debacle", in Bonyhady, T. and Christoff, P. (eds.) Climate Law in Australia, Federation Press.
 
Dr. Benjamin K. Sovacool  Dr. Benjamin K. Sovacool is an Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is also a Research Fellow in the Energy Governance Program at the Centre on Asia and Globalization. Dr. Sovacool has worked as a researcher, professor, and consultant on issues pertaining to energy policy, the environment, and science and technology policy. He has served in advisory and research capacities at the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Electric Power Networks Efficiency and Security Program, Virginia Tech Consortium on Energy Restructuring, Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Semiconductor Materials and Equipment International, U.S. Department of Energy’s Climate Change Technology Program, and the International Institute for Applied Systems and Analysis near Vienna, Austria. Dr. Sovacool has published more than 80 academic articles and presented at more than 30 international conferences and symposia. He is the co-editor with Marilyn A. Brown of Energy and American Society: Thirteen Myths (Springer, 2007) and the author or co-author of The Dirty Energy Dilemma: What’s Blocking Clean Power in the United States (Praeger, 2008), Powering the Green Economy: The Feed-In Tariff Handbook (2009, Earthscan), and Climate Change and Energy Security: A Global Overview of Technology and Policy Options (MIT Press, forthcoming 2010). He is also a frequent contributor to such journals as Electricity Journal and Energy Policy.
 

 Wayne Smith

Wayne Smith is the Director of Clean Economy Services, a clean technology consultancy.  His clients include the Australian Solar Energy Society and the Australian PV Association. As an adviser to two Federal Shadow Environment Ministers, Wayne helped develop Labor’s climate change and environment policies for the 2007 federal election. Wayne was previously the National Liaison Officer for the Australian Conservation Foundation and has also worked as a lobbyist and policy manager for a number of public health organizations.  Wayne has also worked as a policy adviser in the Commonwealth and ACT Governments. 

 

 Dermot Duncan

Dermot Duncan leads Crisp Legal's Environmental and Energy Projects Group. Dermot was admitted as a lawyer in NSW in 1999 and focused on Infrastructure Projects before moving to the UK in 2001 to 2008 to focus on Project Financing of Renewable Energy Projects.Dermot worked in some of the leading UK Environmental Projects Practices in the UK focusing on not only traditional PPP/PFI Infrastructure Projects but specialising in Wind, Waste, Cogeneration and Energy Efficiency Projects. He also focused on electricity regulation during the UK's transition from its
wholsale pool market to bilateral trading under the New Electricty Trading Arranagments (NETA). Whilst in the UK Dermot undertook the Wind Energy Module of Loughborough Universitys MSc through its Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) Division. Dermot returned to Australia to establish a bespoke legal practice in Renewable Energy and Climate Financing in July 2008 which he combined with undertaking a Masters of Environmental Law at Sydney University, where he has focused on Environmental Policy; Climate Change; Renewable Energy; Carbon
Trading; and Financing streams which he is due to complete in early 2011. Dermot is currently advising a wide spectrum of clients in the renewable energy sector spanning the innovation chain.

 
Prof. Rosemary Lyster Rosemary Lyster is a Professor in the Faculty of Law and Director of the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law (ACCEL). In the area of Environmental Law, Rosemary specialises in Energy and Climate Law, Water Law and GMOs and Environmental Law. She has published two books with Cambridge University Press in the area of Energy and Climate Law. They are Rosemary Lyster and Adrian Bradbrook Energy Law and the Environment (Cambridge University Press: 2006) and Adrian J. Bradbrook, Rosemary Lyster, Richard L. Ottinger and Wang Xi (eds) The Law of Energy for Sustainable Development (Cambridge University Press: 2005). Rosemary is also the principal author of Rosemary Lyster, Zada Lipman, Nicola Franklin, Graeme Wiffen, Linda Pearson, Environmental and Planning Law in New South Wales (Federation Press: 2007).

Rosemary is the Energy and Water Special Editor of the Environmental Planning and Law Journal which is the leading environmental law journal in Australia. Rosemary is a member of the IUCN – The World Conservation Union Commission on Environmental Law, comprising environmental lawyers from around the world. She is a member of the Commission’s Special Working Groups on Water and Wetlands, Energy and Climate Change, and Forests.

Rosemary has an extensive list of publications including books, chapters in books and articles in leading international and domestic law journals. She is a regular presenter at international and domestic conferences.
 
 Dr Alex Wawryk

Dr Alex Wawryk is a senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide and the principal subjects that she teaches are contract law, mining and energy law and international energy law. Alex’s research interests include renewable energy law, mining and energy law. She has published articles on renewable energy law in a number of journals including the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, the Australasian Journal of Natural Resources Law and Policy, and the Environment and Planning Law Journal. She has acted as Associate Editor for the International Bar Association’s Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, and Associate Editor in the area of renewable energy for the on-line journal and database OGEL (Oil Gas and Energy Law Intelligence Service).

Dr Wawryk is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of SA. She has been a member of the South Australian Law Society’s Planning Environment and Local Government Committee and on the management committee of the SA branch of the Environmental Defenders Office, and is currently a member of the Working Group on Energy Law and Climate Change for the World Conservation Union’s Commission on Environmental Law.

 
Assoc. Prof Tom Faunce Assoc. Prof Faunce has a joint appointment in the College of Medicine, Biology and the Environment and College of Law at the Australian National University. He is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and had been director of three ARC Discovery Grants on nanomedicine and medicine regulation. He has worked with UNESCO as a consultant on its global health law database. He serves on the editorial board of Nanomedicine. His book Nanoregulation for a Sustainable World is forthcoming with Edward Elgar.

 
 Dr Matthew RimmerDr Matthew Rimmer is a senior lecturer at the ANU College of Law, and an associate director of the Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture (ACIPA). He holds a BA (Hons) and a University Medal in literature, and a LLB (Hons) from the Australian National University. Rimmer received a PhD in law from the University of New South Wales for his dissertation on The Pirate Bazaar: The Social Life of Copyright Law. He is a member of the Copyright and Intellectual Property Advisory Group of the Australian Library and Information Association, and a director of the Australian Digital Alliance. Rimmer is the author of Digital Copyright and the Consumer Revolution: Hands off my iPod, and Intellectual Property and Biotechnology: Biological Inventions. He has published widely on copyright law and information technology, patent law and biotechnology,access to medicines, clean technologies, and traditional knowledge. His work is archived at SSRN Abstracts and Bepress Selected Works. Rimmer is currently writing a monograph, Intellectual Property and Climate Change: Inventing Clean Technologies.
 
 
Dr Andreas Luzzi

Dr Andreas Luzzi has comprehensive knowledge of, and first-hand professional experience with a broad range of energy industries worldwide and across a number of professional duties.  He has an achiever’s track-record with renewable energy innovation, accredited testing, start-up companies and business development.  Over the past 25 years, Andreas has held various positions as industrial engineer, applied research scientist, consultant, university professor and managing director in Europe, the USA and Australia.

Dr Luzzi has a BSc & MSc from ETH, an MBT from UNSW and a PhD  from the ANU;  He was full professor at HSR in Switzerland [HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil (part of the University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland)}, Director of SPF (Swiss National R&D and Testing Institute for Solar Technologies), President of Greatcell Solar S.A. (R&D daughter of Dyesol Ltd), Manager of the hydrogen & fuel cells R&D program of the Swiss Office of Energy, Manager of Minergie (Swiss low-energy building code), and operating agent of the IEA hydrogen implementing agreement.

 
 Anton Vikstrom  Anton Vikstrom is a graduate of the Resource and Environmental Management Program at the ANU. 
He is presenting his paper in his capacity as a member of the Climate Justice Initiative, Nossal Foundation for Global Health at the University of Melbourne.
Since 1997 he has been delivering renewable energy programs in Timor Leste with the Alternative Technology Association. He is Program Manager with the ATA's International Projects Group.  Programs include capacity building and village lighting. He is also currently engaged with Melbourne University's "Climate Justice Initiative". This project is conducting an investigation of the energy needs of people living in Ainaro, E. Timor and review the opportunities available in the region for using sustainable generation and transmission infrastructure.   The project will be a review of the political and regulatory challenges facing the delivery of energy infrastructure in East Timor and an assessment of whether current regulatory frameworks exclude vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.
 
 Hao Zhang Hao Zhang is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (CREEL) and Asian Law Centre (ALC) at Melbourne Law School, the University of Melbourne, under the supervision of Prof. Lee Godden (CREEL Director) and Assoc. Prof. Sarah Biddulph.

Hao's PhD research focuses on the voluntary carbon emissions trading scheme in China.
Embracing interest in law and policy on carbon reduction when he had the internship in London with the Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group (PRASEG) and Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA) in 2007, Hao had positive participation in PRASEG’s renewable and sustainable energy policy seminars at the House of Commons. Hao has also actively engaged in projects relating to forestry carbon offsets and low carbon strategies in China before he concluded his Masters by Research in China and commenced his PhD research in Australia.

 Anne Kallies
 Anne Kallies is a PhD candidate at Melbourne Law School, researching renewable energy law. She holds a German law degree and a LLM from the University of Melbourne.

Anne has previously worked in Germany as a researcher for the Federal Environmental Agency.

Prior to starting her PhD in early 2010, she has been administrator and researcher in the Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law at Melbourne Law School.