Rowena Cantley-Smith

Dr Rowena Cantley-Smith [BEc, LLB, GCLT (Monash); LLM (Leiden); LLD (Leuven)] was appointed to Monash University’s Faculty of Law in 2003.  She is also a Barrister at the Victorian Bar (1998 – current).  Dr Cantley-Smith’s key expertise is in Australian energy law and international law (energy, environment and climate change). This includes polices, laws, and regulations concerning energy security of supply, renewable energy, demand-side management, environmental regulation of energy markets, and the protections afforded to energy consumers in energy market transitions.

In addition to teaching energy law, international law, international environmental law, climate change law, and contract law, Dr Cantley-Smith’s interdisciplinary research focuses on sustainable transitions and the energy sector (policies, laws, and regulations) in international, regional and Australian settings.  This necessarily draws on aspects of commercial, competition, and consumer laws, and economics.  Legislative, regulatory, and policy developments associated with the Australian Energy Market, especially electricity markets, have been the focus of Dr Cantley-Smith’s past and present research publications and projects with industry stakeholders. Dr Cantley-Smith is also interested in legal theory and international legal rights, and the practical impact of such rights for energy market stakeholders. This formed part of the multidisciplinary research completed for her Doctorate of Laws - A Question of Risk: New Stakeholders, Rights & Obligations in Traditional International Energy Markets, which examined the ramifications of changing legal paradigms – in particular new international legal rights embracing both human and environmental concerns – for energy market dynamics, energy security, and demand-side management.

Rowena currently sits on multiple academic and industry committees, boards, and institutes. Her current commitments include the Editorial Board of the Environmental Law Review, IUCN Environmental Law Academy, Australian Institute of Energy, Monash’s Official Delegation to the annual international climate change negotiations (COP 24 in 2018), Monash Law Faculty’s Feminist Legal Studies Group (Leader - Climate and Energy Section), the Monash Grid Innovation Hub, ECA Board Stakeholder Forum, and DFAT’s UNFCCC negotiations Stakeholders Consultation Group. Past roles include Head of Monash University’s Official Delegation to COP23 (2017), Law Faculty’s Research and OSP Committees, Law Faculty’s Mooting Convenor, and Associate fellowships of the Clingendael International Energy Programme (The Hague, The Netherlands), and the Institute of Environmental and Energy Law (Faculty of Law, University of Leuven, Belgium).