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Rebecca Louise Nelson

Associate Professor in Law, The University of Melbourne

Rebecca Nelson teaches and researches in natural resources law with a focus on Australia and the United States. She focuses on interactions between water law (particularly groundwater) and environmental law, and designing legal structures to deal with complex, dynamic, interconnected and uncertain natural systems. Her current work focuses on the regulation of cumulative environmental effects - environmental "death by a thousand cuts".


  • 2014–present
    Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University
  • 2020–present
    Associate Professor in Law, University of Melbourne
  • 2016–2019
    Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Melbourne


  • 2014 
    Stanford University, Doctor of the Science of Law
  • 2010 
    Stanford University, Master of the Science of Law
  • 2005 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Laws

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Regulating cumulative environmental effects: Designing global best practice
    Lead Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council


Law Council of Australia, Mahla Pearlman Young Australian Environmental Lawyer of the Year, 2013-2014