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Justine Bell-James

Associate Professor, TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland

Justine Bell-James is an Associate Professor at the TC Beirne School of Law, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the areas of environmental law and property law.

Justine completed a PhD at the Queensland University of Technology in 2010, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland from 2011-2013.

Her interdisciplinary postdoctoral research considered legal, policy and insurance responses to coastal hazards and sea-level rise.

Justine's current research focuses on legal mechanisms for protection of the coast under climate change, incorporating both human settlements and coastal ecosystems.

She currently leads an ARC Discovery Project (2019-2021) considering how wetland ecosystem services can be integrated into legal frameworks. Justine is also particularly interested on how the law can facilitate 'blue carbon' projects in Australia and internationally.


  • 2013–present
    Lecturer, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland
  • 2011–2013
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland


  • 2010 
    Queensland University of Technology, PhD