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Dr Rebecca Bates, Professional qualifications (post nominals): BMediaLLB (Hons) (Macquarie University), LLM and PHD (University of Sydney). Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales

Lecturer in Environmental Law

Email: r.bates@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: 02078823970
Room Number: Mile End

Profile

Dr Rebecca Bates joined Queen Mary in January 2014 as a Lecturer in Environmental Law. Prior to arriving at Queen Mary, she held lectureships at the University of Sydney and Brunel University teaching in the areas of Environmental Law, Tort, Equity and Trusts and Public Law. Dr Bates completed her doctorate at the University of Sydney in 2009 which examined the governance of privatised water markets in the domestic and international context. Dr Bates’ research is focused on the area of International Environmental Law with a particular interest in International Water Law and Governance. She regularly comments and contributes to international publications and conferences in these areas.

Dr Bates is currently the Book Review editor for the International Human Rights Law Review (Brill).

Outside academia, Dr Bates is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and has previously worked at a leading Australian law firm in the area of Product Liability.  

Undergraduate Teaching

Postgraduate Teaching

  •   QLLM097 International Natural Resources Law

Research

  • International Water Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • Environmental Governance
  • Environmental Rights
  • Trade and the Environment

Publications

Articles and Reports

  • Country Report for the United Kingdom, 2013 (1) International Academy for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy e-Journal.
  • (With Louis J. Kotze) ‘Similar but Different: Comparative Perspectives on Access to Water in Australia and South Africa’, (2012) 15(2) University of Denver Water Law Review 222- 274.
  • Country Report for the United Kingdom, 2012 (1) International Academy for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy e-Journal.
  • ‘Touring the Antarctic: Transforming Environmental Governance in the Southern Latitudes’, (2011) 14(1) Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law 43-62.
  • Country Report for the United Kingdom, 2011 (1) International Academy for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy e-Journal.
  • ‘The Road to the Well: The Evolution of the Customary Right to Water’ (2010) 19 (3) Review of European Community and International Environmental Law 282-293.
  • ‘The Trade in Water Services: How Does GATS Apply to the Water and Sanitation Services Sector?’ (2009) 31(1) Sydney Law Review 121-142.

Book Reviews

  • ‘Global Environmental Governance: Law and Regulation for the 21st Century’ by Louis J. Kotze (2014) Journal of Environmental Law (forthcoming).
  • ‘The Human Right to Water: Significance, Legal Status and Implications for Water Allocation by Inga T. Winkler’ (2012) 1(2) International Human Rights Law Review 395-7.

Selected Presentations

  • ‘Green Water: Can Rio+20 succeed where others have failed?’, presented at the10th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Global Environmental Law at the Crossroads, University of Maryland, 1-5 July, 2012.
  • ‘Refocusing on the Watershed: Integrating an Ecosystem Approach within Water Supply and Access Arrangements’, presented at Rule of Law for Nature, University of Oslo, 9-11 May, 2012.
  • ‘Water Rights: Quantifiable Needs and Ecological Limits’, presented at the Human Rights Centre Inaugural Seminar, Brunel University, 13 December 2011.
  • ‘The Right to Water: Can a Fragmented Approach Achieve Universal Outcomes?’, presented at Law in Fragments Conference, Cambridge University, 14-15 April 2011.
  • ‘Managing Water Supply and Water Stress in the Face of Climate Change’, presented at the 8th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Linkages between Biodiversity and Climate Change, Ghent University, 13-17 September 2010.
  • ‘The Great Southern Holiday – How should we Regulate the Antarctic Tourism Industry’, presented at the7th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Environmental Governance and Sustainability, Wuhan 1-5 November 2009.
  • ‘The Private Flow of Public Goods: Can Private Water Firms Meet Basic Human Needs?', presented at the Law and Change, The Australian National Postgraduate Conference, Australian National University, 11-12 June 2009
  • ‘Water and Survival – Does International Law Recognise a Human Right to Water?’, presented at the University of Sydney Postgraduate Law Research Conference, University of Sydney, October 2008.
  • ‘GATS and Water: Are Member States Obliged to Liberalise their Water and Sanitation Markets?’, presented at the University of Sydney Postgraduate Law Research Conference, University of Sydney, October 2007.
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