• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law

Traditionally, industry has been accused of sacrificing sustainable development to the pursuit of short-term profit. Yet today, under the banner of Corporate Environmental Responsibility (CER), a growing number of business organizations are claiming to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. So what is this emerging phenomenon of CER and what does it aspire to achieve? How pervasive is it and what are its implications for both business and the environment? This course assesses the evidence as to what extent corporations are seeking to “do well be doing good” and explains why some companies have gone down this path when others, similarly situated, have been unwilling to do so, having regard in particular to the relationship between corporate environmental strategy and competitive advantage. In essence it asks: what has CER accomplished, what can it accomplish and what is beyond its reach. The course includes a variety of case studies and workshops, and is designed to complement LAWS8111.

Environmental concerns have a powerful (but within Australia, little understood) impact on business success. To maintain their competitive advantage, corporate managers must stay ahead of the curve, focusing on environmental strategy and positioning themselves to be ‘environmentally responsible’. This course is concerned with how business can and should respond to environmental challenges and with how corporate environment responsibility can be linked to positive economic outcomes. New technologies, untapped markets and regulatory innovations all present business opportunities to be seized by companies with foresight. The question is how to turn environment to a strategic advantage. The course explores the effects of environmentalism on corporate management, examining recent thinking on the role of environment in business, how environmental forces are driving change, how best to respond to external pressures, and how business managers can think about environmental issues in a strategic way. In particular, how can business can best respond to the pressures of regulation, markets, financial institutions, consumers and NGOs? The course will be of particular value to business managers at all levels, to government officials, policymakers and regulators, to corporate environmental lawyers, to environment consultants, NGOs and to a variety of other environmental stakeholders.

Learning Outcomes

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

A participant who has successfully completed this course should be able:

  • to explain the relationship between legal underpinnings, economic incentives, organisational structure, non-legal policy tools and decision-making processes;
  • to describe and analyse key policy tools and processes relevant to environmental management and performance in the private sector; and
  • to explore the role of organisational issues and key business strategies for engaging with environmental issues.
  • To describe the importance to reputation-sensitive business of social licence and the inter-relationship between business and civil society, including business-NGO partnerships.
  • To identify what CER has accomplished, what it can accomplish and what is beyond its reach.

Other Information

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Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the Approved Assessment which will be posted to the course homepage on the ANU Law website, prior to the commencement of the course.

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26 Contact Hours (Intensive Delivery over 3 days)

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NOTE: This course will be offered in Melbourne in 2012, students who wish to enrol require a permission code which can be obtained from pgadmin.law@anu.edu.au

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 successfully completed LAWS8189 OR you must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330) and have completed 30 units of 1000 level law (LAWS) courses.


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

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1623 22 Apr 2015 22 Apr 2015 01 May 2015 05 Jun 2015 In Person N/A

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