Professor Godden is the Director, Centre for Resources Energy and Environmental Law, Melbourne Law School. Her 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 Asia- Pacific.
In 2013-15 she was an Australian Law Reform Commissioner.
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 undertaking a number of consultancies.
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 environmental conservation and social justice has been recognised by invited membership of leading international and national environmental, and natural resource organisations. Her work continues with engagement in public interest issues such as the impact of climate change on environmental law and water law and economic development for indigenous communities.
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Community participation: exploring legitimacy in socio-ecological systems for environmenta..
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Cry me a river: building trust and maintaining legitimacy in environmental flows
EL O’Donnell, AC Horne, L Godden, B Head
Journal article | 2019 | Australasian Journal of Water Resources
© 2019, © 2019 Engineers Australia. Water reforms in Australia over a decade ago have seen large-scale recovery of water for the e..
Managing Cumulative Effects of Farm Dams in Southeastern Australia
CR Morris, MJ Stewardson, BL Finlayson, Lee Godden
Journal article | 2019 | Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management
Challenges abound for water managers attempting to address problems that have cumulative effects. This paper discusses some of the..
The Impact of Climate Change Mitigation on Indigenous and Forest Communities International, National and Local Law Perspectives on REDD
Maureen Frances Tehan, Lee Carol Godden, Margaret A Young, Kirsty Ann Gover
Book | 2017
The Impact of Climate Change Mitigation on Indigenous and Forest Communities is a rich and much-needed new contribution to contemp..
Sharing the Costs and Benefits of Energy and Resource Activity Legal Change and Impact on Communities
Lila Barrera-Hernández, Barry Barton, Lee Godden, Alastair Lucas, Anita Rønne
Book | 2016
costs,. benefits,. sharing,. and. community. Four concepts bind the different chapters in this book together, recognizing that co..
Connection to Country: Review of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth): Final Report
R Croucher, L Godden, N Perram, S Wynn, J Clarke, S Dorsett, J Bonner, R Gilbert, S Kim, J Mackenzie, S Robertson, J Behrendt, H Bokeland, V Cooms, A Cope, M Davis, S Davis, M Dodson, P Finn, J Fulcher, et al.
Report | 2015
Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland Proserpine/Whitsunday Branch Inc v Minister for the Environment and Heritage and others - Judgment
Book Chapter | 2014
This book brings together feminist academics and lawyers to present an impressive collection of alternative judgments in a series ..
Marcos legales y regulatorios para la transición hacia un sector eléctrico bajo en emisiones: Lecciones desde la experiencia Australiana (Legal and regulatory frameworks for a transition to a low emissions electricity sector: Lessons from the Australian experience)
L Caripis, L Godden
Book Chapter | 2013
New roles for property in energy and natural resources: Property in energy and resources in a changing world
L Godden, A Lucas, L Rajamani
Conference Proceedings | 2010 | Biennial Confernce of the Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrasture Law: Challenges for Resources in a Changing World
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
FASSA - Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
FAAL - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law
Chair, Academic Advisory Group, Section On Energy,Environment, Resources And Infrastaructure Law
International Bar Association
Doctor of Philosophy
Bachelor of Legal Studies
Master of Arts
University of Melbourne
Graduate Diploma in Education
State College of Victoria
Bachelor of Arts (honours)
University of Melbourne