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Professor, Deakin Law School, Deakin University

Samantha Hepburn teaches in mining and energy law, environmental law, natural resources law, water law, native title and land law.

Her research interests include: climate governance, energy transitions, and natural resource jurisprudence.

Samantha has taught and researched at Monash, the Australian National University and Deakin University. Samantha has published extensively in her area of research. She has a book published with Cambridge University Press on Mining and Energy Law and Policy in Australia which is about to be released in its 2nd edition. She also has a book with Lexis Nexis on Australian Property Law which is in its 5th edition and a book with Federation Press on Principles of Equity and Trusts which is in its 6th edition. Samantha has published in scholarly journals in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom


  • 2013–present
    Professor, Deakin
  • 2007–2009
    Associate Professor, ANU
  • 2001–2005
    Senior Lecturer, Deakin University


  • 2005 
    University of Melbourne, Ph D (Law)


  • 2011
    Australian Property Law: Cases, Materials and Analysis, (Book) Published by Lexis Nexis
  • 2010
    ‘Statutory verification of Water Rights: The ‘Insuperable’ Difficulties of Propertising Water’ , Academic Journal Article (2010) 3 Australian Property Law Journal 14
  • 2009
    ‘Carbon Rights as New Property: the Benefits of Statutory Verification’ , Academic Journal Article ( 31 Sydney Law Review 239)

Research Areas

  • Environmental And Natural Resources Law (180111)
  • Property Law (Excl. Intellectual Property Law) (180124)