Hendry, Sarah


  • Senior Lecturer (Teaching and Research), Law
  • 215 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
1991 …2019
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Dr Sarah Hendry is an academic lawyer specialising in water and environmental law. She is the Head of Dundee Law School. In that role she is involved in the design and delivery of the LLB and LLM programmes at Dundee. 

Sarah also works within the Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, which is hosted at Dundee. Her research interests in Scots, EU and comparative water law extend across both water resources and water services. Sarah is Scottish Editor for the Journal of Water Law and the Journal of Environmental Law and Management, and co-convenor of the UK Environmental Law Association Scots Law water topic group. She was a member of the Scottish Customer Forum, and of the Irish Government's Expert Commission for Water. She is Vice Chair of the Specialist Group on Governance and Regulation for the International Water Association. 



Sarah coordinates the Legal Research Skills for taught Masters students in Law and leads a Masters module on regulation of water services, looking at ownership, regulation, governance and price-setting to achieve social and economic objectives. She delivers teaching on a module in comparative national water law, focused on water resource management and water quality; and provides input on water law and health to students on the BMSci at Dundee. She shares delivery of an undergaduate module in Planning Law.  

Sarah has always been involved in programme management, curriculum design and quality assurance, and continues with these activities as Head of Law. Law at Dundee offers both Scots and English qualifying Law degrees, as well as specialist LLBs with Languages and with Energy law. A suite of LLM programmes span commercial law, environmental law and international law specialisms. 


Sarah’s research interests cross over all aspects of national water law: legal frameworks for water resources management, water rights and abstractions, water quality and pollution control; and the regulation of water services. She has a special interest in water law reform. She works closely with scientists and policymakers, looking at the linkages between science, policy and law.

Sarah was a member of the Customer Forum, a new initiative in Scotland designed to better represent the consumers in the price setting process for water and sewerage services. She was a member of the Irish Government's Expert Commission on water. She has been involved in several funded projects for Scottish Government related to the regulation of water services, including rural supply, source protection and valuing water, as well as projects funded by the EU on water resource management. 

Recent publications include:

Hendry S The Water Framework Directive – Challenges, Gaps and Potential for the Future (special issue) Journal of European Environment and Planning Law, 14 (2017) 247-266

Hendry S (2016) The Customer Forum: Putting Customers at the Centre of Regulating Water Services Water Policy Available Online 23 February 2016, DOI: 10.2166/wp.2016.199

Hendry S (2016) Scottish Water – A Public Sector Success Story Water International Special Issue; Available online 15 August 2016 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02508060.2016.1212961

Hendry S, (2015) Frameworks for Water Law Reform (monograph) CUP International Hydrological Series

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Dundee


  • K Law (General)
  • water law; environmental law

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Projects 2014 2015

Research Output 1991 2019

A comparative analysis of the water and environmental law reforms enacted in two eastern Australian States driven by large-scale unconventional gas resource projects

Coles, N. A. & Hendry, S., 2019, UNESCO. (Global Water Security Issues (GWSI) Case Studies: Water Security and the Sustainable Development Goals)

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

coal seam
gas industry
25 Citations (Scopus)
101 Downloads (Pure)

Protecting and restoring Europe's waters: an analysis of the future development needs of the Water Framework Directive

Carvalho, L., Mackay, E. B., Cardoso, A. C., Baattrup-Pedersen, A., Birk, S., Blackstock, K., Borics, G., Borja, A., Feld, C. K., Ferreira, M. T., Globevnik, L., Grizzetti, B., Hendry, S., Hering, D., Kelly, M., Langaas, S., Meissner, K., Panagopoulos, Y., Penning, E., Rouillard, J. & 6 others, Sabater, S., Schmedtje, U., Spears, B. M., Venohr, M., van de Bund, W. & Solheim, A. L., 25 Mar 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 658, p. 1228-1238 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Water analysis
basin management
river basin

Strategic issues - Scotland

Hendry, S., 30 Sep 2019, In : Environmental Law and Management. 30, 5, p. 162-165 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Brexit and water law: Implications for the UK and Scotland

Hendry, S., 20 Sep 2018

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access
drinking water
water quality
climate change

Editors' Foreword

Akhmouch, A., Clavreul, D., Hendry, S., Megdal, S. B., Nickum, J. E., Nunes-Correia, F. & Ross, A., 9 Feb 2018, In : Water International. 43, 1, p. 1-4 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access


Member of Expert Commission

Sarah Hendry (Recipient), Aug 2016

Prize: Election to learned society

working group

Activities 2011 2019

Water Law - What's That?

Sarah Hendry (Speaker)
22 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Water Law - What's That? Or, An Interdisciplinary Approach to Wicked Problems

Sarah Hendry (Speaker)
13 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Scottish Water - a Public Sector Success Story

Sarah Hendry (Speaker)
15 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Experts' Meeting on Contaminants of Emerging Concern

Sarah Hendry (Participant)
5 Feb 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Scottish Water - a Public Sector Success Story

Sarah Hendry (Speaker)
7 Aug 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Press / Media

nationalising water

Sarah Hendry


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research

Brexit and Water Law

Sarah Hendry


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research

Should England Re-Nationalise Water Services?

Sarah Hendry


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research


An analytical framework for reform of national water law

Author: Hendry, S., 2008

Supervisor: Wouters, P. (Supervisor) & Reid, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

Comparative Legal Frameworks for Payments for Ecosystem Services

Author: Jackson, S., 2018

Supervisor: Hendry, S. (Supervisor) & Spray, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

Preservation of Ecosystems of International Watercourses and the Integration of Relevant Rules

Author: Lee, J., 2012

Supervisor: Wouters, P. (Supervisor) & Hendry, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy