Dr. David Leary is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia, where he is also the Convenor of the Faculty of Law’s Climate Change Law and Policy Initiative. David is a Visiting Research Fellow at UNU-IAS. He is also a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law as well as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Arctic Centre which is based in Rovaniemi, Finland.
His research interests are in the broad areas of International Environmental Law, Law of the Sea and International law and the Polar Regions. His current collaborative research projects with UNU-IAS include research on climate change and renewable energy including ocean energy and wind energy, and he is editing a book on the Future of International Environmental law and its Role in Development
He has published widely on issues such as bioprospecting in the deep-sea, Antarctica and the Arctic, the Law of the Sea and oceans governance, climate change and renewable energy. Immediately prior to joining UNSW, David was a UNU-IAS JSPS post-doctoral research fellow based at UNU-IAS in Yokohama, Japan. Before becoming an academic he was a commercial lawyer in private practice for many years, including as in-house counsel for a multinational company. He is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia and as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia.
His journal affiliations include guest editor for 2009 of the Yearbook of Polar Law (published by Brill), editor of a themed edition on bioprospecting in Antarctica and the Arctic for the Journal Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics and Rapportuer on the International Maritime Organisation for the Yearbook of International Environmental Law (published by Oxford University Press).