Dr Erika Techera is Professor of Law at The University of Western Australia, and is a member of the UWA Law School, UWA Oceans Institute, UWA Public Policy Institute and African Research and Engagement Centre. She specialises in international and comparative environmental law with a particular emphasis on marine governance. Her research explores Indo-Pacific maritime issues: marine protected area governance, marine spatial planning and pollution law, as well as international law for the conservation and management of wild species. Her most recent projects include Indian Ocean environmental laws for the blue economy; Indo-Pacific shark conservation and management laws; environmental crime including illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing; rigs-to-reefs law and policy; and intangible maritime heritage protection.
Erika is the author of more than 80 publications including books, chapters and journal articles, and regularly presents public lectures and at academic and industry conferences. She holds a bachelor's degree in law with honours, two Masters degrees in domestic and international environmental law and postgraduate qualifications in teaching. Her PhD centred on legal frameworks to support community-based management in the Pacific islands.
Erika was formerly a barrister and company director. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and in 2016 was recognised in the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards as 'Academic of the Year'.