• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Development Studies, Law, Asia Pacific Studies, Renewable Energy
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Spring Session 2014
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In 2014 this special topic will be "Energy Governance, Policy and Regulation in the Asia Pacific"

This course introduces students to the challenges of designing energy policy, law, and regulation to meet the very different needs and objectives of countries within the Asia Pacific. In doing so it will consider the need to expand energy access, increase energy security, develop energy infrastructure, secure good energy governance; all while promoting clean energy to limit Asia's contributions to climate change. It will introduce students to both economic regulation and environmental regulation of energy, including how changes to economic regulation may improve environmental sustainability. It will also cover energy sector regulatory reforms (introduced by governments to move from public-sector to private sector models of energy provision), and will consider their effectiveness.

The peoples of Asia and the Pacific Region need access to modern and reliable energy services to better their lives and livelihood. To provide energy access for all will require significant public and private sector investments in energy infrastructure. However, climate change is now broadly recognised as humanity's greatest single challenge. Energy related CO2 emissions worldwide are projected to increase significantly by 2030, with much of this increase coming from Asia. Moreover, Asia and the Pacific will suffer severe climate related disasters and many of climate change's worst effects.

In considering these thematic issues, the course will (i) consider case-studies and draw upon examples of national policy and regulation from the People's Reupublic of China; India; South-east Asia, and the Pacific Islands; (ii) investigate examples of regional energy cooperation, such as: the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Energy Regulators' Network, the Asia Pacific Dialogue on Clean Energy Governance and Regulation, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and the Pacific Power Association; and (iii) consider the relevance of international climate and energy law for the Asia-Pacific.

Learning Outcomes

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

A participant who has successfully completed this course should:

  1. be familiar with the key energy challenges of the Asia Pacific, and in certain countries within the Asia Pacific;
  2. have an understanding of policy, legal and regulatory, responses to key energy challenges, particularly in the power sector;
  3. have an understanding of the theoretical and policy the approaches that have been taken to reform the power sector, including in the Asia Pacific;
  4. be able to provide policy and/or legal advice on the appropriate response to energy challenges faced by a particular country, or sub-regional group (i.e. ASEAN) within the Asia Pacific; and
  5. be able to access and analyse Asia Pacific materials on Energy and to employ a variety of tools and methodological approaches useful for research and practice.

Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the Means of Assessment which will be available approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course on the Wattle course site.

Assessment is likely to consist of:

  1. Class Participation 10%
  2. Journal    10%
  3. Research Paper (6500 words) 80 %

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Four days face-to-face lectures and interactive class discussion plus private study.

2014 Intensive course dates: 21-24 November

For the current timetable please click here

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)

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed text. Reading materials will be prepared for the course.

Preliminary Reading

A course outline will be available approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course on the Wattle course site.


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.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

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.

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
Energy Governance
8570 21 Nov 2014 21 Nov 2014 05 Dec 2014 05 Jan 2015 In Person N/A

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