Sarah is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Law. She first started teaching with the Law School in 2012 as a sessional lecturer. Sarah has taught a number of subjects, including the core LLB subjects of Administrative Law, Property Law, Property & Trusts B, Constitutional Law, Contract Law A and Foundations in Law. She also coordinates the Environmental Law and Pollution Law electives.
Prior to entering academia Sarah worked as a Senior Legal Officer with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and as Tipstaff to the Hon. Justice Nicola Pain of the Land and Environment Court of NSW. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Environment – with Distinction) and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Wollongong, a Master of Environmental Law from the University of Sydney, a PhD from the University of Wollongong and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law.
Sarah’s research is focused in the area of environmental and pollution law, with a particular focus on environmental crime (or green crime), regulatory theory, and the design, assessment of, and improvement of regulatory systems. Her research has a practical focus with a view to improving how environmental and pollution law operates in practice. Sarah completed her PhD entitled ‘Ensuring the Continued Effectiveness of the Pollution Regulatory System in NSW: “Third Wave” Pollution Regulation’ with the UOW School of Law in 2019. Sarah’s thesis was inspired by her time in practice and specialisation in environmental law. It combined her research interests in environmental law, pollution law, regulatory theory, environmental crime and administrative law. Her thesis begins by examining the historical underpinnings of the first two waves of pollution law in NSW and theories of good regulatory design. The core part of Sarah’s thesis examined some of the key components of the NSW pollution regulatory system and how well these are working in practice with a view to making recommendations for improvements in the future.
Sarah has published a number of journal articles and book chapters in national and international publications. She has also presented papers at numerous conferences.