Dr Ted Christie is an environmental lawyer, legally accredited mediator and environmental scientist specializing in alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) and effective public participation processes that can be used to resolve site-specific and policy-level environmental conflicts; conflicts where divergent expert scientific opinion prevails.
Apart from his legal qualifications, Ted Christie has a BAgrSc (Qld), a MAgrSc (Qld) and a PhD (Macquarie).
Following admission to legal practice, the unique experience of being involved in very different roles in environmental decision-making, strengthened the development of expertise in cross-disciplinary knowledge and its applications to finding solutions for environmental conflicts.
Roles have included:-
(i) As Principal Adviser to Tony Fitzgerald QC in the Queensland Government’s Commission of Inquiry into Fraser Island; and as a Commissioner in the Commonwealth Government’s Commission of Inquiry into Shoalwater Bay.
(ii) The past Environmental Member and a Presiding Member of the Commonwealth of Australia’s Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
(iii) Author of the cross-disciplinary (environmental-administrative law/environmental science/public participation-conflict resolution) book, "Finding Solutions for Environmental Conflicts: Power and Negotiation", New Horizons in Environmental Law Series, Edward Elgar Publ., Cheltenham, UK (2008, 2009).
(iv The grant of a Fulbright Professional Award for practising environmental lawyers for legal and ADR research in the USA.
(v) Chair of Queensland Government Ministerial Advisory Committees.
(v) Chair, CSIRO Scientific Research “Meat, Dairy and Aquaculture” Sector Advisory Research Committee.
(vii) A part-time appointment (1996-2007) at Griffith University (as an Associate Professor) introducing, convening and teaching of two new courses “Environmental Law” and “Environmental Dispute Resolution”.
(viii) Contributing author of the chapter on “Environmental Law” in the encyclopaedic series Halsbury’s Laws of Australia.
(ix) Professional legal practice as a barrister and accredited mediator specializing in environmental and administrative law.
Awarded a Centenary Medal for long and distinguished services to the community related to education and the law. Member of the Bar Association of Queensland, Australia and the Environmental Law Institute (USA).