• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course examines the nexus between environmental protection and human rights. Environmental harm and the violation of human rights intersect in diverse and complex ways. Human rights claims and strategies are increasingly recognised as important in the promotion of all phases of sustainable development, including the preservation of healthy biosphere. So-called environmental rights clamour for acceptance as a new category of human rights per se. At the same time, claims based on existing human rights, both substantive and procedural, are now regularly deployed in a national and international fora. This course explores recent human rights developments that bear on the environment in international law, including the United Nations and regional human rights systems. It examines the environmental application of human rights contained in international instruments, national constitutions, and legislation. Through a series of discussion based seminars, student presentations and case studies, the course will address topics indicated below.

Learning Outcomes

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

A student that successfully completes this course will:

  • be familiar with the legal, policy and philosophical issues relating to human rights norms that may be employed to protect the environment;
  • understand the implications that environmental human rights norms raise for concepts that underpin the international state system (eg state sovereignty and domestic jurisdiction);
  • understand the limits and utility of existing human rights norms (international and municipal) relating to the environment;
  • have a working knowledge of the basic international and regional human rights system in relation to mechanisms that can be utilised to provide a measure of environmental protection; and
  • be able to apply human rights norms to an array of contemporary international and municipal environemntal problems.

Indicative Assessment

Group presentations - 25%

Research Essay - 75%

More information will be given in the approved Means of Assessment

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It is anticipated that the student work-load would consist of 26 in-class hours, plus approximately 40-48 hours reading and approximately 25-30 hours to complete assessment requirements.

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) Or you must be studying one of the following programs 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) and have completed LAWS8182 or LAWS8189

Prescribed Texts

Donald K. Anton & Dinah Shelton, Environmental Protection and Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2010)

Confirm in the course outline.


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.

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
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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