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Executive Member, Energy Change Institute; Researcher at Centre for Climate Law and Policy, ANU College of Law, Australian National University

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 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.

His current research focus is on energy and climate change law.


  • –present
    Researcher at Centre for Climate Law and Policy, ANU College of Law, Australian National Unviersity


  • 2005 
    University of Wollongong , PhD (Law)
  • 1995 
    Australian National University, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
  • 1994 
    Australian National University, LLB (Hons) (First Class)
  • 1990 
    University of Adelaide, BA (Hons) (Majors in Economics, Politics)


  • 2015
    2. “Forests and Plantations Law” in Williams, P. (eds.) The Environmental Law Handbook, Thomson Reuters, 6th edition, 621-667.,
  • 2015
    3. “Sustainability [Law of Climate Change, Energy and Urban Sustainability]”, 3rd edition, ACT Environmental Law Handbook, C.Taylor, (ed.), Pub. Softlaw Community Projects Pty Ltd, 221-248. ,
  • 2012
    1. (2012) “The Future of Feed-in Tariffs: Capacity Caps, Scheme Closures and Looming Grid Parity”, 3(1) Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review (Lexxion, Berlin), 25-41.,
  • 2009
    “A Dangerous Obsession with Least Cost? Climate Change, Renewable Energy Law and Emissions Trading” in Gumley, W. & Daya-Winterbottom, T. (eds.) Climate Change Law: Comparative, Contractual & Regulatory Considerations, Thomson Reuters, 179-205. ,
  • 2007
    "The Bald Hills Wind Farm Debacle", in Bonyhady, T. and Christoff, P. (eds.) Climate Law in Australia, Federation Press at 230-261. , Chapter

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Regulatory and Policy transformation for Microgrid enablement
    Funding Source:
    Australia-Indonesia Centre

Professional Memberships

  • Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the ACT, admitted October 1995
  • Barrister, High Court of Australia and Federal Court, enrolled February 1996
  • Legal Practitioner, Supreme Court of New South Wales, admitted October 1998
  • Member, Energy Regulation and Governance network, Energy Change Institute, ANU
  • Editorial Board member, Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review
  • Member, Energy Institute of Australia
  • Member, National Environmental Law Association of Australia
  • Member, Commission on Environmental Law, International Union for the Conservation of Nature

Research Areas

  • Law (1801)
  • Policy And Administration (1605)