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Macquarie Law School

Andrew Burke

Law HDR Student - Andrew Burke

BSc/LLB (Macquarie); LLM (Sydney); PhD candidate (Macquarie)
Admitted to practice 2007 (NSW)
Tel: 0407 903 291


Andrew Burke is a PhD candidate at Macquarie Law School. His research concerns the role of 'harm' in the consistent sentencing of environmental crimes. Andrew also works as a consultant solicitor for a criminal defence firm, O'Brien Solicitors. Prior to joining Macquarie, Andrew worked full-time in criminal defence. Andrew has a second area of legal expertise in environmental law, having previously worked at the EDO and currently serving on the EDO's Board of Directors.

Teaching responsibilities

LAW 560 - Environmental Law
LAW 855 - Environmental Law and Sustainable Development

Thesis Title

The role of harm in the consistent sentencing of environmental crimes.

Thesis Overview

Consistency in criminal sentencing is a matter of considerable public interest. Sentencing environmental crimes involves particular challenges because the 'harm' that must be evaluated does not fit within conventional understandings of criminal harm. This research examines how the judges of the Land and Environment Court of NSW evaluate harm in practice, and places it within the theoretical context of ongoing debates regarding consistency and proportionality in criminal sentencing.


Dr Alexander Zahar - Supervisor
Dr Cameron Holley - Adjunct Supervisor


  • Burke, Andrew, 'Federated States of Micronesia v Czech Republic: Greenhouse emissions as transboundary pollution' (2011) 14(1-2) Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law 203.