Dr Gerry Bates

Fax: +61 2 9351 0200
Email: gerry.bates@sydney.edu.au
Location: Lvl 4, Sydney Law School



LL.B (Hons), PH.D Birm

Courses Taught

  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • Pollution Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • European Environmental Law

Areas of Interest

  • Environmental Law and Policy

Brief Biographical Detail
Formerly a trainee of the European Community, tutor at the University of Birmingham, UK, and also a lecturer and senior lecturer at Birmingham Polytechnic and the University of Tasmania; and a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney (1996-98).Gerry was an Independent Green Member of Parliament, Tasmania 1986-1995; has been a member of the Board of the Environment Protection Authority of NSW since 1996; a member of the State of the Environment Advisory Council since 2004, and a Director of Kimbriki Environmental Enterprises, a regional waste recovery centre and landfill on Sydney’s Northern Beaches since 2006. He is author of Environmental Law in Australia, Corporate Liability for Pollution and Pollution Law in Australia. He is also Editor of the Environment and Planning Law Journal.

Gerry received a special award from the National Environmental Law Association in 1994 for Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Law; and In 2006 was nominated for a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at the ANU; and a Carrick Institute Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.



  • Bates, G, 'Environmental Law: General Principles and Basic Concepts', Laws of Australia, Thomsons.
  • Bates, G, 'Natural and Cultural Resources', Halsburys Laws of Australia, Lexis Nexis.
  • Bates, G, 'Environmental Litigation', Halsburys Laws of Australia, Lexis Nexis.


  • Bates, G, Environmental Law in Australia, LexisNexis: Sydney (6th ed, 2006).
  • Bates, G, Environmental Law in Australia, LexisNexis: Sydney (5th ed, 2002).

Conference presentations

  • Bates, G, 'Environmental law past and present', presented at Environmental Law Past and Present, National Environmental Law Association, Fremantle, 2001.