Centre for Comparative Water Policies & Laws

Welcome to the Centre for Comparative Water Policies and Laws

The driest state in the driest continent on Earth: What better place for the Centre for Comparative Water Policies and Laws (CCWPL)?

In an era of climate change, our innovative fresh water governance research is supporting sustainable water development policy reform in Australia, India, the US and China.

Housed in the School of Law, we are recognised as one of Australia's leading research centres, and are the only Australian establishment engaged in comparative water law and policy research.

We undertake research on sustainable development law and policy for corporations, organisations and governments. Our focus is on collaborative research, and we are made up of lawyers, economists, policy scientists, and finance researchers from other UniSA divisions and affiliates in 10 countries.

Together, our researchers work on demanding issues such as statutory water plans, sustainability levies, water trading and policy conflicts. Past projects include:

  • Law reform in natural resources management in Australia
  • Human rights and water reform in the Indo-Gangetic basin
  • System harmonisation for water laws and policies case studies in NSW and SA
  • Groundwater conflict resolution in urban and rural environments
  • Water plan implementation

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Centre for Comparative Water Policies & Laws

Level 3, Way Lee Building
City West Campus (view map)
37-44 North Tce
Adelaide, South Australia

Key contacts:
Professor Jennifer McKay, Director
Mrs Vaso Caspro, Research Coordinator

Centre history

The Centre for Comparative Water Policies and Laws was established in 1998 in the former School of Law and Legal Practice, as the Water Policy and Law Group (WPLG).

It is a multi-disciplinary endeavour comprising lawyers, engineers and scientists as well as researchers from other divisions of the University of South Australia. 

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