Adjunct Professor Rob Fowler has worked in the field of environmental law for over forty years. Starting at the University of Adelaide Law School in 1975, he co-founded the Australian Centre for Environmental Law (ACEL) in 1990 and was Dean of the Law School from 1995-98. In 2000, he was appointed to a Chair in International Environmental Law at the University of South Australia. Since 2008, he has held an Adjunct Chair in the Law School at UniSA.
Rob has served as Chair of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law (IUCNAEL) (2008-2012); a member of the Board of the South Australian Environment Protection Authority (2011 – 2017); and Chair of the South Australian Environmental Defender’s Office (2001-2009). He has also served as President of the Conservation Council of South Australia (2011-2014) and as a Vice President of the Australian Conservation Foundation (2008- 2015). In December 2019, he was appointed as a representative of conservation interests on the Lake Eyre Basin Community Advisory Committee.
He has twice been a visiting scholar in the USA under Fulbright Scholarships; in 1991 (Lewis and Clarke Law School) and in 2015 (George Washington University Law School). From 2014-18, he directed for IUCNAEL a project funded by the Asian Development Bank to deliver training in environmental law teaching to over 300 Asian legal scholars from across 14 Asian countries.
Rob also served as the convener of the Australian Panel of Experts in Environmental Law (APEEL), which in 2017 produced the Blueprint for the Next Generation of Environmental Laws in Australia: see www.apeel.org.au . In 2011, Rob was recognised by the Law Council of Australia for his “exceptional contribution to the development of environmental law”.