Keynote Speakers

Randall S. AbateAbate - Headshot

Professor Abate is the inaugural Rechnitz Family / Urban Coast Institute Endowed Chair in Marine and Environmental Law and Policy, and a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Sociology, at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. He teaches courses in domestic and international environmental law, constitutional law, and animal law. Professor Abate joined the Monmouth faculty in 2018 with 24 years of full-time law teaching experience at six U.S. law schools. Find out more here.

Joana Setzer

Joana Setzer is an environmental lawyer and climate policy researcher at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. She holds a PhD and a MSc in Environment aJoana_Setzer_4405nd Development from the London School of Economics and Political  Science (LSE) and a Masters in Environmental Science from the University of Sao Paulo. Joana was a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the LSE, investigating trends in climate litigation. She has also worked as the external affairs coordinator of the nrg4SD, a network that represents subnational governments at the international level in the field of sustainable development, and for eight years she acted as an environmental lawyer in Brazil.


Brian J. Preston

Brian J. Preston is the Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales. Prior to being appointed in November 2005, he was a senior counsel practising primarily in New South Wales in environmental, planning, administrative and property law. He has lectured in post-graduate environmental law for nearly 30 years. He is the author of Australia’s first book on environmental litigation and 128 articles, book chapters and reviews on environmental law, administrative and criminal law. He holds numerous editorial positions in environmental law publications and has been involved in a number of international environmental consultancies and capacity-building programs, including for judiciaries throughout Asia. Justice Preston Portrait

Justice Preston is an Official Member of the Judicial Commission of NSW, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW, Honorary Fellow of the Environment Institute of the Australia and New Zealand and also a member of various international environmental law committees and advisory boards. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney, Western Sydney University and at Southern Cross University.

He will join the IV TIEC through an online discussion.