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Dr Justin Macinante

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Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Climate Change

BSc; LLB; M.EL (Hon); PhD


Justin Macinante has extensive legal practice experience in private practice; as an environmental regulator; as in-house legal counsel; as a legal consultant; and as an academic, in Australia, Papua New Guinea, United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland.

In his early career, Justin worked as a commercial lawyer in Papua New Guinea and in private practice in banking and international finance law in the City of London. 

As an environmental regulator, for over five years he managed the reform of contaminated land management in New South Wales, where also he chaired the statutory ministerial advisory council on use of radiation apparatus and radioactive substances for three years. He was also actively involved in the UNEP Finance Initiative in Australia over that time.

He has over fifteen years experience working in the field of climate change, including extensive carbon markets transactional and project development experience, worked on project development in China and India and in fund management and fund advisory, including for the European Investment Bank. Recently, he has published a book on effective global carbon markets, and published and edited a number of other papers in the field, including for the World Bank Networked Carbon Markets and Climate Warehouse initiatives.

As well as academic research, Justin consults to intergovernmental and public sector bodies and private sector corporations, actively participates on Governance working party for Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets initiative, and is engaged in a number of research initiatives through the Law School, including the CO2RE Hub GGR project; and the University of Edinburgh research partnership with UNFCCC into attribution of carbon contributions throughout value chains.

Justin holds BSc and LLB degrees from UNSW; Master of Environmental law (Hon) from University of Sydney; and PhD (Law) from University of Edinburgh.