• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Development Studies, Law, Climate, Human Rights
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2014
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This course will provide a state of the art, up to date overview of the phenomena of climate displacement, an understanding of the dynamics of climate displacement, the countries which are now and in future will be most heavily affected and the legal and policy measures that will be required to ensure that all climate displaced persons are afforded rights-based and viable solutions to their displacement.

By approaching this vexing issue in this manner, the course will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the legal issues involved, how they can be invoked and where work is underway today to protect the rights of climate displaced persons, with an emphasis on Bangladesh, Kiribati, Maldives, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.

 While estimates of the scale of future climate displacement are notoriously difficult to prove with any precision, it is certain that many millions of people will be forced by the consequences of climate change to flee their homes and lands, and in some instances, their countries.

International and national laws and institutions are arguably not yet capable of ensuring that the rights of climate displaced persons will be fully respected and protected.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

The learning outcomes include equipping students to:

  • understand the phenomenon of climate displacement, its likely scale, countries most heavily affected, how it manifests and required solutions
  • understand the position of international law, in particular human rights law, on climate displacement and the rights of those affected
  • understand the particular challenges, legal and otherwise, facing the most heavily affected countries, including Bangladesh, Kiribati, Maldives, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and how these may best be addressed.
  •  understand the key actors in the area of climate displacement including UN agencies, national governments, civil society actors and affected communities

Indicative Assessment

It is expected that the assessment will be:

  • A research paper (worth 80%)
  • Performance during a debate on the final day of the course, participation and attendance during the course (worth 20%).

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    26 Contact Hours (Intensive Delivery over 4 days) plus private study and reading time.

    2014 course intensive dates: 16-19 September

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    Requisite and Incompatibility

    To enrol in this course you must be studying in one of the following programs; Master of Laws (7300) Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312) Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883) Graduate Diploma in Law (6300) Master of Legal Studies (7305) Master of Environmental Law (7309) Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313) Master of International Law (7310) Master of Law, Governance and Development (7317) Master of International Security Law (7318) Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893) Graduate Diploma in Law, Governance and Development (6317) Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies (6305) Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law (6309) Graduate Diploma in Government and Commercial Law (6313) Graduate Diploma in International Law (6310) Graduate Diploma in International Security Law (6318) Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (6303) Graduate Certificate in Environmental Law (6351) OR you must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330) and have completed 30 units of 1000 level law (LAWS) courses AND have completed either LAWS2250 or LAWS6250.

    Prescribed Texts

    The Climate Change and Displacement Reader (Scott Leckie, Ezekiel Simperingham and Jordan Bakker, eds., Taylor & Francis, Routledge/Earthscan, 2012, and various materials prepared by the lecturer.


    Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

    If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

    Student Contribution Band:
    Unit value:
    6 units

    If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

    Units EFTSL
    6.00 0.12500
    Domestic fee paying students
    Year Fee Description
    1994-2003 $1626
    2014 $2808
    2013 $2808
    2012 $2808
    2011 $2778
    2010 $2718
    2009 $2670
    2008 $2670
    2007 $2670
    2006 $2646
    2005 $2298
    2004 $1926
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    1994-2003 $2916
    2014 $3762
    2013 $3756
    2012 $3756
    2011 $3756
    2010 $3750
    2009 $3426
    2008 $3426
    2007 $3426
    2006 $3426
    2005 $3234
    2004 $2916
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    Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

    The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
    Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

    Winter Session

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
    5675 16 Sep 2014 16 Sep 2014 26 Sep 2014 31 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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