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Dr Evan Hamman
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Business & Law,
School of Law
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology)

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Dr Hamman is a qualified lawyer, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and a current member of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Teaching and Capacity Building Committee.


Environmental Law, World Heritage, Great Barrier Reef, Nature Conservation, Public Participation, International Environmental Law, Queensland Environmental Law, Migratory Birds, Migratory Species, Ramsar Convention

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Hamman is a Senior Lecturer in the school of law at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He holds bachelors degrees in law and commerce from the University of New South Wales (Hons Class 2) and a masters degree in environmental science and law from Sydney University (with distinction). His PhD research – awarded an Outstanding Thesis Award – investigated the role of non-state actors under the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.

Dr Hamman has worked for NGOs and the Queensland Government on conservation and environmental law issues. He has an interest in the role and influence of civil society in conservation. His current research focuses on environmental issues in the Asia-Pacific region including: migratory species; Ramsar wetlands; World Heritage areas; and the Great Barrier Reef.

Dr Hamman teaches in property law at QUT and has also delivered lectures in environmental law and planning law. He has a particular interest in clinical legal education.

NOTE: Dr Hamman is currently accepting PhD supervisions in any of the following areas:

– Governance of coral reefs and marine biodiversity including the Great Barrier Reef.

– Conservation of species and Protected Areas law (including the World Heritage Convention, Ramsar Convention and Convention on Biological Diversity).

– Compliance and enforcement with Queensland, Australian and international environmental law.

– Communities, mining, coal seam gas and access to justice.

This information has been contributed by Dr Evan Hamman.


Dr Hamman is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). He currently coordinates Real Property Law at QUT and supervises Clinical Legal Education projects, including overseas study tours to Asia. Dr Hamman was awarded best research paper related to teaching in 2017 for his paper on incorporating cultural humility into the law degree:

This information has been contributed by Dr Evan Hamman.


Dr Hamman has worked as a lawyer for NGOs, in the private sector and for the Queensland Government Department of Environment. Since graduating with a bachelor of laws in 2004, Dr Hamman has worked in Sydney, Japan and London. Between 2012 and 2014, Dr Hamman wrote a book on mining and coal seam gas in Queensland and appeared before parliamentary committees on law reform matters related to environmental law. He has wide ranging experience on matters relating to environmental law in Queensland, particularly World Heritage, vegetation management, mining and gas extraction, species protection and the effective governance of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. He has recently co-edited a collection with Dr Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh on Pacific Environmental Law (Routledge)

This information has been contributed by Dr Evan Hamman.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


  • Dr Hamman has expertise in researching the law and governance arrangements necessary for the survival of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. He has a particular interested in supervising PhD students concerned with management and laws that impact the GBR including relating to coastal development, climate change, species protection, agricultural impacts and the role of communities in decision-making. His papers on the GBR can be downloaded here:,_Evan.html

  • Dr Hamman has considerable experience in Queensland environmental law including relating to endangered species, protected areas (national parks), migratory species, mining and coal seam gas, major projects and public participation. He has expertise in supervising PhD students in or all of these areas.

Current supervisions