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The Environment, Energy and Resources Law Program provides an insight into a dynamic area of law with strong commercial and social impacts. Legal practitioners and professionals in government and the resources, energy and environment sectors explore topics of national and international importance across an emerging range of critical issues. Areas of focus include Resource Regulation in Mining, Petroleum and Water Resources, as well as Climate Change, Energy Regulation, Development of Infrastructure, Indigenous Rights, and Environmental Law and Sustainability.
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Australia's devastating summer bushfires, and now flooding rains, fit with scientific predictions for how climate change might affect the weather.For many in the community this extreme weather highlights the need for a political response, yet more and more people believe governments and companies aren't doing enough to combat the changing climate.Can the courts provide a solution? Professor Jacqueline Peel wrote for ABC News.Read the full article here.News
Water Law and Policy Specialist Dr Erin O'Donnell from the University of Melbourne, was interviewed by ABC News on the wake of recent proposals from federal environment Minister Sussan Ley.The Environment Minister who represents a regional NSW electorate in the Murray - Darling Basin had argued, that only people who have a "connection to farming" should be allowed to own water in the Murray- Darling Basin. However, in her interview, Dr O’Donnell suggested there has been no evidence that restricting the number of people or type who has access to water market will have impact on the water prices.Listen to full interview here.News
Decision-makers have significant discretion when it comes to regulating groundwater, but there is too little transparency about how it is used and its effect on the local environment.News
The annual Frontiers in Environmental Law Colloquium provides a forum for environmental law academics and practitioners to share and discuss their experiences, research and teaching practices.The 6th Frontiers in Environmental Law Colloquium will be held on 13 and 14 February 2020 at UWA in Perth. Proposals are due by 31 October 2019.Further information, here.Abstract proposal form, here.News
A closer look at a key component of the region’s fight against the climate crisis. Are the schemes aiming to compensate tropical countries for preserving their forests, in a bid to combat the climate emergency, actually working?News
The Morrison Government has asked the ACCC to investigate allegations investors are hoarding water rights at the expense of farmers, as the east coast drought continues to ravage farming communities. Horticulture groups have asked Water Resources Minister David Littleproud for a temporary ban on investors buying water and holding on to it for the next year, saying it's inflating water prices.Dr Erin O'Donnell, water law and policy specialist and senior fellow at the University of Melbourne joins RN Breakfast, sharing her insights on this matter.Listen hereNews
There are rising concerns about investors in water markets. Erin O'Donnell from Melbourne Law School and Adam James Loch discuss.News
As the Government considers its response to the Uluru Statement from the Heart, we look at another major milestone in the journey towards Indigenous recognition. By Catriona May, University of Melbourne.* Professor Lee Godden, Director of CREEL, is a featured academic in this article.News
The legal rights of rivers and natural objects are discussed in this podcast, with researchers Erin O'Donnell from Melbourne Law School, and Julia Talbot-Jones from ANU speaking to Lynne Haultain.News
In an intersection between the sacred and the legal, a court in India recognised the Himalayas as a legal person, but what does it mean for their preservation?By Erin O’Donnell, University of Melbourne and Julia Talbot-Jones, Australian National UniversityNews
Wendy Harmer speaks to Erin O'Donnell from CREEL about rivers being granted personhood.News
Authors Erin O'Donnell and Julia Talbot-Jones, discuss the world's newest notable legal persons.News
Erin O'Donnell, says damming Northern Australia should not come at the expense of sustainability. This radio interview underscores the ongoing public interest in water law and governance. Erin is a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School, PhD Candidate and member of the Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (CREEL).News
Poor and misleading disclosure may be a looming legal issue in Australia, but there is also growing evidence it can have a positive effect on companies.News
Authors Erin O'Donnell and Barry Hart, discuss the lessons which can be learned from the south of Australia when harnessing water resources in the north. See this story in The Conversation,News
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