PROF Lee Godden

PROF Lee Godden


  • Academic, Law
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Environmental Law (land and water management and indigenous rights)
  • Indigenous Law and Human Rights
  • Legal History
  • Legal Theory
  • Native Title Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Planning Law (urban and spatial controls)
  • Post-colonial Theory
  • Property Law (legal theory, globalisation, indigenous rights)
  • Science & Technology Regulation
  • Water Law (water and environmental management)



  • Lee Godden (PhD, MA, B.Leg S, BA Hons) is the Director, Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law. She researches in environmental resources law, natural resources law, water law, and indigenous people’s land and resources rights. Recent publications include Environmental Law: Scientific, Policy and Regulatory Dimensions 2010 (with J. Peel), Comparative Perspectives on Communal Lands and Individual Ownership: Sustainable Futures 2010 (with M. Tehan) and Australian Climate Law in Global Context 2013 (with A. Zahar and J. Peel).

    Professor Godden’s research interests include environmental law, natural resources law (especially water) property law and indigenous peoples’ land rights. The impact of her work extends beyond Australia with comparative research on environmental law and sustainability, property law and resource trading regimes, water law resources and Indigenous land rights issues, in countries as diverse as Canada, New Zealand, UK, South Africa, and the Pacific.

    Engagement with the theoretical and the grounded aspects of law is a hallmark of her scholarship distinguished by an interdisciplinary approach. She maintains a focus on legal theory, drawing on her background in law and geography. Her work has appeared in leading International journals, as well as leading Australian law journals. Professor Godden has been awarded ARC Discovery Project and Linkage Project funding, as well as grants from bodies, such as the AIATSIS.

    Professor Godden teaches environmental law, water law and climate law (Melbourne Law Masters program). Previously, she has taught property law, legal theory, and Master of Environment subjects. She regularly supervises research higher degree students.

    She has a longstanding record in community knowledge transfer; a recipient with other project members of a 2007 Vice Chancellor’s knowledge transfer award. Her contribution to e   


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Education and training

  • PhD, Griffith University 2001
  • BLegs, Macquarie University 1990
  • MA, University of Melbourne 1982
  • GDipEd, State College of Victoria 1981
  • BA(hons), University of Melbourne 1979



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