Dr Nicola Swayne (previously N Durrant) is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Regulation. Nicola is an Environmental and Planning Lawyer with a specialist background in national and international environmental law. Her research strengths lie in the legal issues associated with legal responses to climate change including carbon trading, renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives; biological sequestration and carbon offsets; geological sequestration (carbon capture and storage); and energy and resources (including coal seam gas projects).

Dr Swayne is the author of the legal text "Legal Responses to Climate Change" (2010, Federation Press). This book is based on her PhD thesis “The role of law in responding to climate change: emerging regulatory, liability and market approaches”(2009, QUT).


PhD (Law) Queensland University of Technology, 2009.

Grad Dip LP. Australia National University, 2005.

LLB/B.Sc (ENS)(Hons). Griffith University, 2002.