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Senior Lecturer in Petroleum Law and Regulation, The University of Queensland

Dr Hunter completed her doctoral thesis 'Legal Regulatory Framework for the Sustainable Extraction of Australian Offshore Petroleum Resources: A Critical Functional Analysis' at the University of Bergen, Norway.
She continues to research and teach at the University of Bergen, where she is a member of the Legal Culture Research Group and the Research Group for Natural Resources, Environment and Development Law.
Dr Hunter has a background in earth sciences, completing a BA (Hons) from the University of Sydney in 1989, specialising in Estuarine and Marine Sediments, as well as postgraduate degrees in Library science and applied research.
Dr Hunter completed her JD (Hons) at Bond University in 2005. She continues developing her teaching and research interests in Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Mining, Resources and Energy Law as a full-time academic at the University of Queensland and a guest researcher at the University of Bergen.
Dr Hunter consults to Australian and international governments, NGO's and industry regarding the regulation of petroleum, unconventional gas and other natural resources. She has written extensively in many areas law, including oil and gas law, jurisprudence, comparative law and policy.


  • –present
    Gjesteforsker, University of Bergen, Norway
  • 2013–present
    Senior Lecturer, University of Queensland
  • –present
    Director, Centre for International Mineral and Energy Law, TC Beirne School of Law
  • 2005–2012
    Assistant Professor, Bond University


  • 2010 
    University of Bergen, Norway, PhD
  • 2005 
    Bond University, JD (Hons)
  • 2000 
    Charles Sturt University, M App Sc (Dist)
  • 1993 
    Charles Sturt University, G Dip A (LIS)
  • 1989 
    University of Sydney, BA (Hons) in Estuarine and Marine Sediments

Research Areas

  • Environmental And Natural Resources Law (180111)
  • Comparative Law (180106)
  • Constitutional Law (180108)