Dr Justine Bell-James

Senior Lecturer

School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
+61 7 336 56588


Dr Justine Bell-James is a Senior Lecturer at the TC Beirne School of Law, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the areas of environmental law and property law. Dr Bell-James obtained a PhD from the Queensland University of Technology in 2010, and was awarded an ARC funded Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2011. Dr Bell-James undertook her postdoctoral research at the Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland, focussing on legal, policy and insurance responses to coastal hazards and sea-level rise. Dr Bell-James's research focuses on legal mechanisms for protection of the coast, drawing upon environmental, planning, property and tort law. In addition to her work on sea-level rise, Dr Bell-James is also particularly interested in novel legal mechanisms for protection of coastal ecosystems like mangroves and seagrass, protection of the Great Barrier Reef, and biodiversity offsets in the coastal context. Dr Bell-James’s work is highly multidisciplinary, and she has collaborated widely with researchers from across UQ’s faculties and institutes.

Research Interests

  • Climate change
  • Blue Carbon
  • Protection of coastal ecosystems
  • Biodiversity offsets
  • Environmental Law
  • Planning Law


  • PhD, Queensland University of Technology
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Laws, Queensland University of Technology


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Featured Publications


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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Dr Justine Bell-James is not currently available to take on new students.

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision

  • (2016) Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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