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Senior Lecturer, Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University

Dr Michelle Lim is a Senior Lecturer at Macquarie Law School. Michelle's research occurs at the intersection between biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods. Michelle completed a double degree in Science (Ecosystem Management) and Law and a PhD on legal and institutional arrangements for transboundary biodiversity conservation at the University of New England. Michelle's post-doctoral research, based at the UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science at the University of Dundee, Scotland, examined governance approaches for addressing ecosystem services and human well-being in the Ganges Brahmaputra Meghna Delta.

Michelle was the founding Chair of the Early Career Group of the IUCN's World Commission on Environmental Law (2014-2018) and a fellow of the Global Assessment of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Michelle is the Law Council of Australia's 2016/2017 Mahla Pearlman Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, Macquarie Law School


  • 2013 
    University of New England, PhD/Law


2016/2017 Law Council of Australia Mahla Pearlman Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year