Emille Boulot



Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania


Emille is an Australian lawyer and a legal researcher and policy expert in environmental law and governance, international law, water law, natural resources, legal theory, regulatory studies, and political ecology.

Emille is currently a Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Tasmania. She holds a PhD from McGill University, a Masters of Environmental Governance and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the University of Tasmania, and a Bachelor of Laws (Hon) and a Bachelor of Science from Monash University.

Her work examines the practice and governance arrangements of ecological restoration with an interest in understanding how our legal systems and processes could better interact with and reflect our natural systems to lead to more ecologically informed environmental law and governance.

At THE NEW INSTITUTE Emille is a visitor in the program Governing the Planetary Commons: A Focus on the Amazon.

  • What gives you hope?
    The complexity of life.

  • How does change happen?
    Through building coalitions of new cultural norms.

  • What is your current favorite read?
    I have been reading Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton, and from a more academic perspective, Locating Nature, edited by Usha Natarajan and Julia Dehm. Both of these books are incredible!


Steps Towards a Legal Ontological Turn: Proposals for Law's Place beyond the Human, (with J. Sterlin), in: Transnational Environmental Law, 2022.

Harnessing the transformative potential of Earth System Law: From theory to practice With L. Mai, in: Earth System Governance, 7, 2021.

Editorial: Posthuman legalities: New Materialism and law beyond the human With A. Grear, J. Sterlin, and I. D. Vargas-Roncancio, in: Posthuman Legalities, 2021.

Restoring land, restoring law: Theorizing ecological law with ecological restoration In: K. Anker, P.D. Burdon, G. Garver, M. Maloney, and C. Sbert (eds), From Environmental to Ecological Law, 2020.

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