LAWS5590 Water Resources Law

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit introduces the law of managing water resources, focusing on Australia. It explains the main legal principles governing the management of water resources; ascertains the legal effect of the National Water Policy reforms; and familiarises students with the principal legal and policy materials applied in the management of water resources. The topics of the unit are institutional framework; water access rights; water resources planning; administration of statutory entitlements; mining and water resources; and catchment management for water quality protection.
Students are able to (1) explain the main legal principles of water resources law and important emerging issues; (2) ascertain the legal effect of the National Water Policy driven water law reforms and understand the reform issues confronting Western Australia; and (3) apply the principal legal and policy materials for water resources management in Western Australia.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) minor essay; (2) research essay; and (3) presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Alex Gardner
Contact hours
Students must attend every day of the intensive period. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
Recommended text

Gardner, A. et al. Water Resources Law: LexisNexis Butterworths, 2nd ed, 2018.


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