Professor Lee Godden was appointed to the ALRC as a Part-time Commissioner in July 2013, in charge of the Inquiry into the Native Title Act 1993. She joins the ALRC from the Melbourne Law School, where she was Director of the Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law. She has had a distinguished University teaching and research career spanning more than twenty years. Her initial appointment was at Griffith Law School, where she completed her doctoral thesis on the intersections between property law, native title and environmental law, before moving to the Melbourne Law School in 2002. In 2007/8 she was Director, Office for Environmental Programs, The University of Melbourne. She is a member of Academic Advisory Group, Section on Energy, Environment, Resources and Infrastructure Law, International Bar Association. She is admitted to practice as an Australian Legal Practitioner in Victoria.
Most recently, Professor Godden has held a number of Australian Research Council Discovery and Linkage Grants; including being part of the team of investigators for the Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements (ATNS) project at the University of Melbourne. This project, in its tenth year, has examined agreement making with indigenous peoples in Australia and internationally. The Project received an inaugural Vice Chancellor’s Knowledge Transfer Award in 2007. She has worked closely with Maureen Tehan in examining the dimensions of native title law and its counterparts in countries such as Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.
Professor Godden’s many publications include: books and edited collections, such as Comparative Perspectives on Communal Lands and Individual Ownership, 2010 (with M. Tehan), Environmental Law: Scientific, Policy and Regulatory Dimensions, 2010 (with J Peel), Property and the Law in Energy and Natural Resources, 2010, (with A. McHarg, B. Barton, and A. Bradbrook). Recent relevant articles comprise, ‘Global Climate Change and REDD: Prisms for Conceiving Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement’ (2012) 3 J. Human R. & Env. 196 (with K Birrell and M Tehan) and ‘Realising Capacity: Indigenous Involvement in Water Law and Policy Reform in South-Eastern Australia’ (2010) 20 The Journal of Water Law, 243 (with M Gunther); as well as contributing chapters in M Langton and J Longbottom (eds.) Community Futures, Legal Architecture: Foundations for Indigenous Peoples in the Global Mining Boom, 2012.