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Director of the Centre for Energy and Natural Resources Law, Deakin Law School, Deakin University

Samantha Hepburn teaches in mining and energy law, property and land law, native title, and environmental property including: water rights, indigenous environmental law, and the propertisation of carbon interests

Her research interests also include unconventional gas regulation, and climate change 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 just written a book for Cambridge University Press on Mining and Energy Law and Policy in Australia.

She has also written in the US on unconventional gas regulation and carbon capture sequestration regulation.


  • 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)