Dr Stefan Gruber

Areas of expertise

  • Sustainable Development in China and Asia
  • Cultural Heritage Law and Policy
  • Art Crime
  • International Environmental Law
  • Laws of War

Academic Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Sydney)

Master of Laws (Sydney)

Diplom-Jurist; Magister Artium (Frankfurt)

Professional Organisation

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Dr Stefan Gruber

Dipl.-Jur.; Magister Artium, LLM, PhD

Dr Stefan Gruber is a Lecturer at Sydney University Law School, where he inter alia coordinates all legal research units for the undergraduate and graduate law degrees. He is also active as a legal practitioner and consultant, and is a member of the Chamber of Lawyers, Frankfurt am Main. 

Stefan was educated at the Universities of Sydney, Frankfurt, Mainz, and at Harvard Law School. He holds degrees in law, philosophy, and political science.  He also held visiting positions at the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law at the University of Ottawa, the Centre for Comparative and Public Law at the University of Hong Kong, and Renmin Law School of China in Beijing.

Dr Gruber’s regional focus is on East and Southeast Asia and particularly China. His current research concentrates on sustainable development law and policy, the conservation of cultural heritage and social change, and international and comparative environmental law. Another major focus is on the illicit trafficking of cultural property and other forms of art crime, their prevention and prosecution, and the restitution of illegally exported objects. Additionally, Stefan researches and publishes in the field of armed conflicts.

Publications and Editorial Contacts

Local Government Planning and Environment NSW Volume C, Looseleaf Contact: LN SC Publishing

Professional Contact

Sydney Law School
New Law Building F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney NSW 2006

Tel: +61 2 9351 0456
Fax: +61 2 9351 0200
Email: stefan.gruber@sydney.edu.au

Speaking Engagements

Stefan has given lectures and presented his research in Australia, Canada, China, Mexico, the United States, and around South-East Asia and Europe. Further information about his speaking engagements is available on the website of Sydney Law School


Chamber of Lawyers, Frankfurt am Main