By Professor DE Fisher. The status of rights and interests in relation to water has never been unambiguous. Are they rights of access, of use or of property? Is the status of individual rights the same as the status of the statutory rights of the State to the use and control of water?
A comparative approach to Indigenous legal rights to freshwater: Key lessons for Australia from the United States, Canada and New Zealand
By Melanie Durette. This article compares Indigenous legal rights to water across four countries: the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and identifies gaps in how the legal system in Australia accounts for the range of interests that Indigenous people have in water – from customary through to commercial.