The Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (CREEL) was established in 1986 at Melbourne Law School. Formerly the Natural Resources Law Centre, the programme focused on laws relating to mining, oil and water resources, legal structuring and financing of major resource projects, and certain aspects of environmental regulation. In 1996, CREEL made major changes to its research directions to expand the scope of the program to cover contemporary issues of national and international importance.
Current research topics include energy production and distribution, with a strong emphasis on international climate change law and domestic energy transition; Environmental impacts of energy, resources and infrastructure projects, sustainable food systems and animal law, biodiversity conservation, land and water rights and laws, etc. CREEL collaborates with various organisations on research, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Bar Association's Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law Section, Melbourne Water Authority and others. CREEL has research partners at leading environmental and energy law centers at universities in the United States, Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom, and has established relationships with research centers in the Pacific region. CREEL aims to promote the research, teaching and publication of environmental resources law, and to integrate it into the legal regulatory and policy framework, involving the protection of the environment and the promotion of ecological sustainable development; energy production and distribution, climate change laws and regulations; sustainable development of natural resources; Planning and regulation of infrastructure in urban areas, as well as regulation related to energy and resource development.