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  • Dr Erin O'Donnell

    Senior Fellow, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne

  1. 11 August 2023 - Legal Affairs

    The legacy of aqua nullius is causing a sustainability disaster

    Australia’s water ecosystems are in trouble due to the concept that water belonged to no one during British colonisation, says University of Melbourne research.

  2. 18 October 2021 - Legal Affairs

    Australia’s rivers are ancestral beings

    Rivers are recognised as legal persons and living entities. Experts, including University of Melbourne, say Australia's rivers are Indigenous ‘ancestral beings’

  3. 6 April 2021 - Legal Affairs

    Returning water rights to Aboriginal people

    Water justice is a critical issue for Indigenous Peoples; University of Melbourne experts say there are legal and policy opportunities to hand back water rights

  4. 18 March 2021 - Legal Affairs

    Melbourne’s real-world impact on climate change

    A new University of Melbourne initiative brings together multi-disciplinary climate change experts to focus on global solutions here in Australia and beyond.

  5. 10 June 2019 - Legal Affairs

    The global problem of thirsty cities

    A University of Melbourne expert says smart water management could lead to collaboration between rural and urban areas to establish a reliable water supply.

  6. Podcast24 April 2018 - Eavesdrop on Experts

    The legal rights of rivers

    In this episode of the University of Melbourne's Eavesdrop on Experts podcast, environmental law expert Erin O'Donnell explains the legal rights of rivers.

  7. Podcast16 June 2017 - Up Close

    Rivers as persons

    Environmental law researchers Erin O’Donnell and Julia Talbot-Jones discuss recent moves to give legal personhood to rivers in India, New Zealand and elsewhere.

  8. 20 April 2017 - Legal Affairs

    Will giving the Himalayas the same rights as people protect their future?

    As the Himalayas are granted the same legal rights as a person, the University of Melbourne looks at what that means for the protection of the environment.