Mr Joseph Wenta

Mr Joseph Wenta


Newcastle Law School (Law)

Career Summary


Joe Wenta joined Newcastle Law School as a lecturer in January 2020. He has recently undertaken PhD research at the Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania. Joe worked as a sessional academic at the Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania from 2015 to 2019, and was previously an Associate Lecturer and sessional academic at Newcastle Law School (2008-2015).

Joe has a diverse array of research interests ranging from international climate and environmental governance to Australian public law. His PhD research, entitled 'Just Resilience in Australia's Climate Adaptation Laws' examines the readiness of Australian laws to support flexible and equitable responses to climate impacts. He has previously published on aspects of international climate governance and Australian constitutional and administrative law in highly regarded national and international journals.

Joe has extensive teaching experience across several compulsory subjects including criminal law and procedure, administrative and constitutional law, and foundational courses such as legal system and method. He adopts a student-centred approach to learning and teaching, using a diverse range of learning activities to support students in developing their own skills in independent, life-long learning.

Joe is currently assistant convenor of the LLB program at Newcastle Law School. He has considerable experience in University administration, having previously contributed to a wide range of governance activities at school, faculty and university level.


  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Science (Forensic) (Honours), University of Newcastle


  • Administrative Law
  • Climate Adaptation Law
  • Climate Change Law
  • Climate Justice
  • Constitutional Law
  • Environmental Justice
  • Resilience Thinking and Law

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
180199 Law not elsewhere classified 50
220104 Human Rights and Justice Issues 10
180111 Environmental and Natural Resources Law 40

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Law School


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Wenta J, McDonald J, 'The Role of Law and Legal Systems in Climate Change Adaptation Policy', Research Handbook on Climate Change Adaptation Policy, Edward Elgar Publishing, United Kingdom 69-90 (2019)
DOI 10.4337/9781786432520.00011

Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Pickering J, McGee JS, Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen SI, Wenta J, 'Global Climate Governance Between Hard and Soft Law: Can the Paris Agreement's "Creme Brulee' Approach Enhance Ecological Reflexivity?', JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW, 31 1-28 (2019)
DOI 10.1093/jel/eqy018
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2019 Wenta J, McDonald J, McGee JS, 'Enhancing Resilience and Justice in Climate Adaptation Laws', TRANSNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW, 8 89-118 (2019)
DOI 10.1017/S2047102518000286
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2016 Wenta J, McGee J, Phelan L, 'Can a Regional Insurance Mechanism Enhance Resilience to Slow Onset Impacts of Climate Change', University of Tasmania Law Review, 35 23-57 (2016)
2014 McGee JS, Wenta J, 'Technology Transfer Institutions in Global Climate Governance: The Tension between Equity Principles and Market Allocation', Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law, 23 367-381 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/reel.12075
Citations Scopus - 4
2014 McGee J, Phelan L, Wenta J, 'Writing the Fine Print: Developing Regional Insurance for Climate Change Adaptation in the Pacific', Melbourne Journal of International Law, 15 444-472 (2014) [C1]
Co-authors Liam Phelan
2012 Wenta JP, 'The integrity branch of government and the separation of judicial power', AIAL Forum, - 42-67 (2012) [C2]
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Mr Joseph Wenta


Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law

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