In this lecture, Fulbright Scholar Dr. Jennifer McKay will classify the development of water laws into five phases. Additionally, she will discuss recent key policy decisions and laws such as the cap on Murray-Darling basin extractions, water planning processes and the National Water Initiative (NWI).

Speaker Bio

Professor McKay is an academic commentator on water policies and laws in Australia where she conducts research funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and other bodies on the topic of water law reforms and the impact of these on the community. Her work considers international law and comparative law methods as well as empirical methods of research including survey methods, focus groups photovoice and content analysis. She has many publications in these areas and is on the editorial board of several journals. She is also a part time Commissioner on the Environment Resources and Development Court of South Australia and has served the State on the Natural Resources Management Council. She was awarded a senior Fulbright fellowship in 2008 and is currently working at UC Berkeley and the World Bank.