- Janice Gray
BA, LLB, (Grad) Dip Ed, (UNSW); Grad Dip Leg Prac (UTS); MA (History) (UNSW); PhD (Law) (UEA).
Dr Janice Gray specialises in the law and governance of water, property and aspects of energy. Immediately, before joining the Faculty of Law, UNSW Australia Janice was a solicitor in the corporate section of one of the large, commercial, Sydney law firms. She retains a current practising certificate and has served on the Property Law Committee of the NSW Law Society. She has also held management positions in the public sector. As an academic, Janice has taught: Property, Equity and Trusts; Land Law; Advanced Issues in Property; Native Title; Equity and Trusts; Water Law and Contemporary Policy; Natural Resources Law; AJNRLP internships and Taxation.
She is particularly interested in the intersections of property law with other fields, such as water Law (including sewage), natural resources law (including unconventional gas and fracking) and native title. This is reflected in her national and international publications. She was part of joint research team (based at UTS) looking at sustainable sanitation. That project won a NSW Green Globe Award for Innovation.
Janice has sat on numerous committees at UNSW Australia ranging from the university-wide Animal Care and Ethics Committee to the faculty-based Staffing Committee, Dean's Advisory Commitee, Visiting Scholars' Committee, Research Funding Committee and the Post-graduate Committee. She also chaired Law School meetings for years. She was the Editor-in- Chief of the Australasian Journal of Natural Resources Law and Policy (2011 - July, 2016 and was formerly an editor of the Australasian Journal of Natural Resources Law and Policy (2009- 2010); an editor of the Human Rights Defender (2008 - 2016) and is on the International Advisory Board of the Canadian Journal of Native Studies (approx 1999- present).
In 2015 Janice returned to the University of Oxford where she was once again a Visiting Scholar, at the Centre for Socio Legal Studies. In 2015, she was also a Visiting Scholar at Queen Mary University of London (July - December, 2015) while in 2012 she was an invited Visiting Scholar at SupAgro, a grande ecole, in Montpellier, France. From July- December 2009 Janice was a selected Visiting Scholar at the Centre of Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford and an elected Visiting Scholar at Wolfson College, University of Oxford. Janice has also held positions as a Visiting Scholar/ Professor at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, PUC-Rio, Brazil (2004); University of Ottawa (1996); University of York (Toronto) (1996); and University of Saskatchewan (1996).
As a teacher, Janice consistently scores very highly in student satisfaction surveys and she has designed and implemented new courses within the Faculty.
She is interested in supervising PhD candidates in the fields of property law, water law, sewage law, food security as it relates to land and water, energy law (particularly unconventional gas) and/or governance of those fields.
Areas of expertise
Water Law; Property Law; Native Title and Land Rights; Natural Resources Law; Aspects of Energy Law (especially Unconventional Gas); Private Law Theory; Environmental Law; Private Law; Regulation and Regulatory Theory; Legal History; and Socio-Legal Studies.
Member- Law Society of New South Wales
Iinternational advisory panel member- Canadian Native Studies Journal
Co-editor and Editorial Board member Human Rights Defender
Editorial Board member of the Australasian Journal of Natural Resources Law and Policy, 2009; 2010.
Editor in Chief, Australasian Journal of Natural Resources Law and Policy (2011-July, 2016).
Affiliate, Connected Waters Initiative, UNSW.
Janice Gray is presently engaged in research projects on: unconventional gas mining and the common good; water entitlements as property; water trading (and environmental water); and blockers to environmental public interest litigation.
Janice Gray has supervised PhD theses on subjects including Orang Asli land rights in Malaysia, women's land rights in Tonga, water rights in Palestine and unconventional gas mining law in Australia. She is potentially interested in supervising PhD theses on topics related to : land law; water law; the law of sewage and drains; unconventional gas mining law; native title; food security; and governance related to these fields. Janice is also available to examine PhD theses in these and related fields. She has been an external examiner of PhD and Masters level theses for other universities and has supervised and examined numerous undergraduate theses.
• UNSW Law , Competitive Workshop Grant - (Gray J, Holley C and Rayfuse R), December, 2012, for International Workshop on Trans-jurisditional Water Governance. $10,000.00
• UTS Challenge Grant- ‘Sustainable Sanitation’ Project with Professor Cynthia Mitchell, Professor of Sustainability, Institute for Sustainable Futures and others. 2009. Successful. $70,000. Partner Investigator.
• 2007 – Competitive Faculty Research Grant, ‘Keeping Up with Online Communities: Exploring Legal Challenges in Virtual Worlds’. (Chief Investigators were: Walpole M, Gray J, Nemes I, Bennett Moses L & Maurushat A, from Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales.) Involved property law research.
Competitive Faculty Grants for research support
- Equity & Trusts (JURD7285)
- Land Law (JURD7283)
- Equity & Trusts (LAWS2385)
- Land Law (LAWS2383)