On the 15th of March, in auditorium of the Brazilian House of Representatives, an important step was taken in the development of the academic collaboration between our School of Law, and the Schools of Law from UniCEUB (Brazilia), Mackenzie University (Sao Paulo) and Piaui Federal University (Teresina). The event was the first Brazil/Australia International Colloquium on governance for Green Agriculture.

At that event Professor Martin from the School of Law was joined on the stage by Brazilian senior academics, and representatives of the Brazilian agencies charged with land distribution and small-scale farming, the department of the environment, and elected deputies. The presentations and discussions focused on the shared challenges for Australia and Brazil, and the next stages of the environmental law and governance research collaboration that has been underway for a couple of years.

That collaboration has seen a number of staff and student exchanges, and many joint publications. The joint “Australia and Brazil: Governing for Megadiversity” workshop in Australia was just one of the events, and a planned joint event in Terasina in November will see law scholars joined by agricultural and social scientists to further this deepening collaboration.