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Erin O'Donnell

Senior Fellow
University of Melbourne Law School

Erin has worked in water law and governance since 2002, in both the private and public sectors. Erin is recognized internationally for her research into the groundbreaking new field of legal rights for rivers, and the challenges and opportunities these new rights create for protecting the multiple social, cultural and natural values of rivers. Her work is informed by comparative analysis across Australia, New Zealand, the USA, India, Colombia, and Chile.

Biography

Erin is a water law and policy specialist, focusing on water markets, environmental flows, and water governance. She has worked in water resource management since 2002, in both the private and public sectors. Erin is recognized internationally for her research into the groundbreaking new field of legal rights for rivers, and the challenges and opportunities these new rights create for protecting the multiple social, cultural and natural values of rivers. Her work is informed by comparative analysis across Australia, New Zealand, the USA, India, Colombia, and Chile. Erin’s PhD examined the role of environmental water managers in Australia and the USA in delivering efficient, effective and legitimate environmental water outcomes in the context of transferable water rights and water markets. Erin has recently completed a consultancy for The World Bank, on water markets and their role in water security and sustainable development. In 2018, Erin was appointed to the inaugural Birrarung Council, the voice of the Yarra River.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Legal rights for rivers
    Water law and governance
    Water policy, water regulation, and water markets
    Environment and natural resources law
    Indigenous water rights
    Environmental planning and management

Books

Featured Title
 Featured Title - Legal Rights for Rivers - O'Donnell - 1st Edition book cover

Articles

Journal of Environmental Law

At the Intersection of the Sacred and the Legal: Rights for Nature in Uttarakhand, India


Published: Sep 04, 2018 by Journal of Environmental Law
Authors: Erin O'Donnell
Subjects: Environment and Sustainability, Law

In March 2017, the High Court of Uttarakhand in India ruled that the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, as well as other natural objects in the state of Uttarakhand enjoy legal rights. These judgments create novel legal rights for nature and, as such, present powerful examples of the increasing relevance of rights-centred environmental protection.

Ecology and Society

Creating legal rights for rivers: lessons from Australia, New Zealand, and India


Published: Mar 06, 2018 by Ecology and Society
Authors: Erin O'Donnell and Julia Talbot-Jones
Subjects: Environment and Sustainability, Law

O'Donnell, E. and J. Talbot-Jones (2018). "." Ecology and Society 23(1): 7.

Environment and Planning Law Journal

Competition or Collaboration? Using Legal Persons to Manage Water for the Environment in Australia and the United States


Published: Dec 04, 2017 by Environment and Planning Law Journal
Authors: Erin O'Donnell
Subjects: Environment and Sustainability, Law

Environmental water managers (EWMs) are organisations with legal personhood, which have been created to acquire and manage water for the aquatic environment. This article explores the creation and operation of the EWMs of south-eastern Australia and the western United States and shows that the EWMs can provide a limited form of legal personality for the aquatic environment itself.