Dr Janice Gray

BA, LLB (Grad) Dip Ed (UNSW); Grad Dip (Leg Prac) (UTS); MA (History) (UNSW); PhD (Law) (UEA). 

Brief overview

Dr Janice Gray specialises in the law and governance of water, property and aspects of energy. Immediately, before joining the Faculty of Law, UNSW Sydney,  Janice  was a solicitor in the corporate section of one of the large, commercial, Sydney law firms. She holds a current practising certificate as a  lawyer 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; Australasian Journal of Natural Resources Law and Policy internships; and Taxation.

Janice 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 Sydney ranging from the university-wide Animal Care and Ethics Committee to the faculty-based Staffing Committee, Dean's Advisory Committee, Visiting Scholars' Committee, Research Funding Committee, the Post-graduate Committee and the Qualifying Degree Committee. She  was also a long-term Chair of Law School meetings.  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 2017 (and early 2018), Janice was  the Academic Advisor- Applications, in the Faculty of Law. She is an Affiliate of the Connected Waters Initiative (UNSW) and a member of the Allens Hub for Law, Technology and Innovation.

In 2019, Janice  returned once again to the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, as a Visiting Scholar (competitively selected position),  presenting the fruits of some research and undertaking further research. (She was  a formal Visiting Scholar at CSLS in 2009 and 2015 ,while in 2009 she was also elected a Visiting Scholar at Wolfson College, University of Oxford.) She visits Oxford often and has well-established research connections there. In 2019, Janice  is also a Visiting Scholar (competitively selected position) in the  Faculty of Law at Kings College London.

In 2015, Janice 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.  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. 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, unconventional gas, food security as it relates to  the land and water and/or unconventional gas/energy nexus.  She is both an experienced PhD supervisor and examiner.  In 2017, one of her former (international) PhD students was awarded a UNSW-wider PhD excellence award. Janice  has also been  an external progress reviewer for PhDs.

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Books

Gardner A; Bartlett R; Gray J; Nelson R, 2018, Water Resources Law, 2nd Edition

Gray J; Foster N; Dorsett S; Roberts H, 2017, Property Law in New South Wales (4th ed)

Gray J; Edgeworth B; Foster N; Dorsett S, 2012, Property Law in New South Wales, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, NSW

Gray JS; Gardner A; Bartlett RH, 2009, Water Resources Law, Lexis Nexis, Sydney

Edgeworth BJ; Gray JS; Grattan S; Foster NR, 2007, Property Law in New South Wales, 2nd, LexisNexis Butterworths, Sydney

Gray JS; Edgeworth BJ, 2003, Property Law in New South Wales, 1st, LexisNexis Butterworths, Sydney

Edited Books

Gray J; Holley C; Rayfuse R, (eds.), 2016, Trans-jurisdictional Water Law and Governance, Routledge

Journal articles

Gray J, 2019, ''Ecological Integrity as an Alternative Frame for the Water, Unconventional Gas, and Food Nexus'', Jurimetrics, vol. (2) 2019, pp. 193 - 232

Gray J, 2018, 'Home Sweet Home - Happiness, Housing and the Law', Journal of Comparative Law, vol. 13

Gray JS; Lee L, 2016, 'National Water Initiative styled water entitlements as property Legal and practical perspectives', Environmental and Planning Law Journal, vol. 33, pp. 284 - 300, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000382843900002&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Holley C; Carmody E; Cosens B; Gardner A; Godden L; Gray J; Lee L; Lindsay B; Macpherson B; Nelson R; O’Donnell E; O’Neill L; Owens K; Sinclair D, 2016, 'The future of water reform in Australia — starting a conversation', Australian Environment Review, vol. 31, pp. 132 - 137, http://lexisweb.lexisnexis.com.au/JournalOverview.aspx?id=201631AE00400106_00006

Gray J; Williams J; Hagare P; Lopes AM; Sankaran S, 2014, 'Lessons Learnt from Educating University Students through a Trans-Disciplinary Project for Sustainable Sanitation Using a Systems Approach and Problem-Based Learning', SYSTEMS, vol. 2, pp. 243 - 272, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/systems2030243

Gray J, 2013, 'Snags in the System? Water trading and the market: a review of the negatives', Australian Environment Review

Sankaran S; Abeysuriya K; Gray J; Kachenko A, 2013, 'Mellow Yellow: Taking a Systems Thinking Approach to Designing Research on Transitioning to More Sustainable Sewage Management', Systems Research and Behavioral Science, vol. 32, pp. 330 - 343, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sres.2227

Gray JS, 2012, 'The legal framework for water trading in the Murray-Darling Basin: An overwhelming success?', Environmental and Planning Law Journal, vol. 29, pp. 328 - 349, http://dx.doi.org/

Walpole M; Gray JS, 2010, 'Taxing virtually everything: cyberspace profits, property law and taxation liability', Australian Tax Review, vol. 39, pp. 39 - 60

Gray J; Gardner A, 2008, 'Legal access to sewage and the 'Reinvention' of wastewater', Australasian Journal of Natural Resources Law and Policy, vol. 12, pp. 115 - 159

Gray JS, 2006, 'The Water Problem - Directions and Alternatives for Management', Continuing Legal Education Seminar Papers, vol. June 2006, pp. 1 - 40

Gray JS, 2006, 'Legal Approaches to the Ownership, Management and Regulation of Water from Riparian Rights to Commodification', Transforming Cultures eJournal, vol. 1, pp. 64 - 95

Gray JS, 2005, 'Stories from a favela: the limits of (property) law', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 30, pp. 184 - 189, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1037969X0503000407

Gray JS, 2004, 'The Lost Promise of Mabo: An Update on the Legal Struggle for Land Rights in Australia with particular reference to the Ward and Yorta Yorta decisions', Canadian Journal of Native Studies, vol. xxii no.1, pp. 305 - 348

Gray JS, 2002, 'Is native title a proprietary right?', E Law: Murdoch University Electronic Journal of Law, vol. 9

Gray J, 2001, '"Teaching Excellence In The New Millennium Interviews With Professor Michael Adams And Ms Irene Nemes"', University of Technology Sydney Law Review, vol. 3, pp. 147 - 147

Gray JS, 1997, 'The Mabo Case: A Radical Decision?', Canadian Journal of Native Studies, vol. 17, pp. 33 - 74

Gray JS, 1997, 'O Canada! Van der Peet as Guidance on the Construction of Native Rights', Australian Indigenous Law Review, pp. 18 - 34

Gray JS, 1997, 'Review of `Introduction to Property Law` by Tooher, Dwyer and Teh', University of New South Wales Law Journal, pp. 526 - 528

Book Chapters

Gray J, 2019, 'Law and Land Grabs: Old and New', in Westra L; Bosselmann K; Zambrano V (ed.), , Nova Science, NY, USA., pp. 21 - 38

Gray J; Williams J; Hagare P; Mellick A; Sankaran S, 2018, 'Lessons Learnt from Educating University Students through a Trans-Disciplinary Project for Sustainable Sanitation Using a Systems Approach and Problem-Based Learning', in Bosch O; Cavana R (ed.), , MDPI Books, pp. 114 - 138, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/books978-3-03842-790-2

Gray J; Lee L, 2018, 'Water Entitlements as Property: a work in progress or watertight now?', in , Springer, Singapore, pp. 101 - 122, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-8977-0_5

Gray J, 2018, 'A global update on the ambit of unconventional gas mining and an alternative frame for mediating energy demands', in

Gray JS, 2017, 'Pathways to improved water law and governance: public interest litigation and protest', in Westra L; Gray J; Gottwald F-T (ed.), The Role of Integrity in the Governance of the Commons : Governance, Ecology, Law, Ethics -, edn. 1st, Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 69 - 89

Gray J, 2016, 'Trans-jurisdictional water law and governance in the context of unconventional gas mining: the Australian experience', in Gray J; Holley C; Rayfuse R (ed.), Trans-jurisdictional Water Law and Governance, Routledge, London, pp. 214 - 239

Gray J; Holley C; Rayfuse R, 2016, 'The Future of Trans-jurisdictional Water Law and Governance', in Trans-jurisdictional Water Law and Governance, Routledge, London, pp. 303 - 315

gray J; holley C; rayfuse R, 2016, 'The challenge of trans-jurisdictional water law and governance', in gray J; holley C; rayfuse R (ed.), Trans-jurisdictional Water Law and Governance, Routledge, London, pp. 3 - 18

Gray JS; McCoy D, 2016, 'The Common Good, Unconventional Gas Mining, and Public Health', in The Common Good and Ecological Integrity Human Rights and the Support of Life, Cambridge Scholars, UK, pp. 159 - 198

Gray JS, 2015, 'Unconventional Gas: What a fracking story!', in Ecological Systems Integrity Governance, law and human rights, Routledge

Gray J, 2014, 'Frack off! Law, policy, social resistance, coal seam gas mining and the Earth Charter', in Westra L; Vilela M (ed.), EARTH CHARTER, ECOLOGICAL INTEGRITY AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, ROUTLEDGE, pp. 129 - 147, http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138016927/

Gray JS, 2013, 'Dollars and dreams: Legal aspirations and report cards in the Murray-Darling Basin of Australia', in Westra L; Taylor P; Michelot A (ed.), Confronting Ecological and Economic Collapse: Ecological Integrity for Law, Policy and Human Rights, Routledge, United Kingdom, pp. 156 - 170, http://www.guilfordpress.co.uk/books/details/9780415825252

Gray J, 2011, 'Water Trading and Regulation in Australia', in , Lumen Juris, Brazil

Gray JS, 2011, 'Water Resources, Regulation and Trading in Australia', in Saddy A; Martinez AL (ed.), Direito das Infraestructuras - Um Estudo dos Distintos Mercados Regulados- 2011, edn. Original, Lumen Juris, Brazil, pp. 753 - 791, http://www.lumenjuris.com.br/?sub=produto&id=3063

Gray JS, 2011, 'Mine or ours? Sewage, recycled water and property', in Bosselmann K; Tava V (ed.), Water Rights and Sustainability: New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law Monograph Series: Volume 3, edn. Original, NZCEL Publishing, Auckland, pp. 145 - 162

Gray J; Gardner A, 2008, 'Exploiting the unspeakable: Third-party access to sewage and public-sector sewerage infrastructure', in Troy P (ed.), TROUBLED WATERS: CONFRONTING THE WATER CRISIS IN AUSTRALIAS CITIES, AUSTRALIAN NATL UNIV, pp. 115 - 155, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000291340200008&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Gray JS, 2008, 'Watered Down Legal Constructs, Tradable Entitlement and the Regulation of Water', in Watered Down Legal Constructs, Tradable Entitlement and the Regulation of Water, edn. Original, Routledge, pp. 147 - 168

Gray JS; Brown DB, 2007, ''Devils and Dust': Extending the 'Uncivil Politics of Law and Order' to the 'War on Terror'', in Hocking J; Lewis C (ed.), Counter-Terrorism and the Post-Democratic State, Edward Elgar, London, pp. 153 - 171

Reports

Bennett Moses L; Vines P; Gray J; Logan S; Manwaring K, 2018, Submission to NSW Law Reform Commission concerning digital assets upon death or incapacity, https://www.lawreform.justice.nsw.gov.au/Documents/Current-projects/Digital%20assets/Submissions/DI04.pdf

Holley C; Carmody E; Cosens B; Gardner A; Godden L; Gray J; Lindsay B; Macpherson L; Nelson R; O'Donnell E; O'Neill L; Owens K; Sinclair D, 2017, Submission to the inquiry into the reform of Australia's water resources sector, Productivity Commission, http://www.pc.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/216258/sub006-water-reform.pdf

Waddell SK; Cornwall A; Gray J, 2014, Submission to House Environment Committee on the impact of ‘green tape’ and issues related to environmental regulation and deregulation, on behalf of National Environmental Law Association, Australia

Holley C; Sinclair D; Gray J; Cuadrado G, 2013, Submission to Natural Resource Commission and NSW Office of Water on the Review of 31 Water Sharing Plans, Australia

Gray J; Fisher D; Gardner A; Godden L; McDonald J; McGrath C; Tan P-L, 2011, Public Hearing into the Water Act (2007)

Other

Gray J; Bauer M, 2017, Making every drop count: international responses to water management challenges, Georgetown University, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

Gray J; Hogg R; Parashar A, 2002, Men - Entry on 'Men' in Blackshield Tony, Coper Michael and Williams George, The Oxford Companion to the High Court, Oxford University Press, Sydney, 2002, 472.

Conference Papers

Gray JS, 2009, 'Water Poverty’ in Australia: an evaluative account of its impact with particular reference to the poor', in Eaux, pauvrete et crises sociales, Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement, France, presented at Water, Poverty and Social Crisis Conference, Marseille, 01 November 2009

Gray JS, 2005, 'Water Poverty in Australia: an evaluative account of its impact on the poor', in International Symposium / Colloquium: Water Poverty and Social Crisis Perspectives for Research and Action, International Symposium / Colloquium: Water Poverty and Social Crisis Perspectives for Research and Action, Agadir, Morocco, presented at International Symposium / Colloquium: Water Poverty and Social Crisis Perspectives for Research and Action, Agadir, Morocco, 12 December 2005 - 15 December 2005

Gray JS, 2004, 'Water Rights Reform-Opening presentation and comments', in Water Rights Update, Water Rights Update, CLE- Law Faculty UNSW, presented at Water Rights Update, CLE- Law Faculty UNSW, 20 November 2003

Gray JS, 2004, 'Water Rights: Reform, Challenge and the Characterisation of Access Licenses', in Water Rights Update, Water Rights Update, CLE- Law Faculty UNSW, presented at Water Rights Update, CLE- Law Faculty UNSW, 20 November 2003

 Water Law; Land Law, Property Law; Native Title and Land Rights; Natural Resources Law; Aspects of  Energy Law (especially Unconventional Gas);  Property Law Theory; Environmental Law; Private Law; Regulation and Regulatory Theory;  Legal History; and  Socio-Legal Studies.