Legal Approaches to the ownership, management and regulation of water from riparian rights to commodification

Janice Gray


This paper offers a descriptive overview of the way in which New South Wales water law has developed and in so doing briefly considers Roman law, the common law of England, the common law of Australia and various statutory regimes for the public management of water. The paper also raises the issue of water regulation and management by reference to Garret Hardin’s work, on the need to regulate a commons.

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