Rebecca Nelson (2009 Scholar) is already making a significant impact in her field of groundwater legislation. This issue is of such importance that Rebecca will lead a delegation of Californian water experts to Victoria in October and November. It will be conducting reviews, analyses, and meetings in Victoria, the ACT, and NSW, and will identify issues and opportunities for collaboration and learning.
The management and control of subterranean water resources is a critical issue in many drought-affected countries and regions, including Rebecca’s home State of Victoria. Rebecca chose to study at Stanford not just for the quality of its law program, but because of the opportunity to compare groundwater management issues and legislative approaches between Victoria and California.
In September the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney announced a three year agreement to explore water management issues with leading Californian institutions, with the Stanford University research being led by Rebecca. To view the announcement please click here.
Rebecca has completed her JSM (Master of the Science of Law) at Stanford University (USA), with outstanding results. She has taken up a position as Water Law and Policy Specialist at the Woods Institute for the Environment and the Bill Lane Center for the American West. Rebecca is now in a multi-year groundwater law research project with a team researching the key priorities for water reform in the American West, with the involvement of a number of Californian foundations, and which draws upon the Australian experience. She has also been admitted as one of four students in Stanford Law School’s doctoral program (JSD).