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Director, Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law, University of New England

Paul Martin is the Director of the Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law in the School of Law at the University of New England, which researches rural governance, particularly of natural resources and the interests of rural (mainly indigenous) people.

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.


  • 2005–present
    Director, Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law