Water Resources Law : Law School : The University of Western Australia

Law School

Water Resources Law


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This workshop will provide an intensive course of study on Water Resources Law. 

Applicable for both lawyers and non-lawyers, the workshop program introduces the main legal principles governing the management of water resources and discusses the legal effect of the National Water Policy reforms that are proposed for Western Australia. Participants will also become familiar with the principal legal and policy materials applied in the management of water resources in Western Australia, including insights into the policy guidance for the preparation of the Water Resources Management Bill being drafted by the Government of Western Australia.

The three day workshop will be held at The University of Western Australia Law School. It will comprise six sessions covering the range of topics indicated in the program:

  • the institutional framework and objectives of Water Resources Law
  • the nature of access rights and duties relating to water resources
  • water allocation planning
  • administration of statutory water entitlements and water trading
  • catchment and waterways management
  • legal perspectives on mining and water: adaptive management, state agreements and mine dewatering
There will be a session each morning and afternoon comprising a seminar style mix of lecture and discussion exercises, with a guest expert contributor for each session.  A set of workshop materials will be distributed in electronic format.  In addition, much of the content of the course aligns with the treatise by A Gardner, R Bartlett and J Gray, Water Resources Law, (LexisNexis) 2009.

Details of the three day program, including the guest presenters and points for Continuing Professional Development, can be found via the link to the Program.

Details and Registration

3 day short course: 27-29 September 2017
Venue: The University of Western Australia

Social Sciences Lecture Room 1

$2,100.00 for 3 day short course (lunch is not included)

Group registration discount is available for 2 or more registrations from one agency, company or firm. 

NGO discount also available

For the group registration discount and information on NGO discount please contact Alex Gardner.



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Workshop presenter and short course coordinator

Prof Alex GardnerAlex Gardner, Professor of Law

Alex Gardner is a Professor of Law at UWA where he teaches Administrative Law, Environmental Law and Water Resources Law.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University College of Law.

Alex researches in Natural Resources and Envioromental Law, with a special focus on Water Resources Law.  He is the lead author with Richard Bartlett and Janice Gray of Water Resources Law, July 2009.  From 2009-2014, he was a Chief Investigator with the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training and from 2012-2016 was a Key Researcher with the Co-operative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities.

Alex has been a contributing editor to the Environmental and Planning Law Journal for twenty two years and since March 2012 has been the Editor of the Australian Resrouces and Energy Law Journal.

In the past decade, Alex has been an advisor to State and Commonwealth authorities on water resources legal issues.

Continuing Professional Points (CPD)

  • CPD points will be available.  Please see the Program for details.


Professor Alex Gardner, +61 8 6488 2483


Before registration closing date - an administrative charge of 20% of registration will be deducted
After registration closing date and up to one day before the event - a cancellation fee of 50% will apply
No refund is available for non-attendance