• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Climate
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2014
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This course will examine international climate law, looking at both the current international legal frameworks and the negotiation of the future regime.

The course will also explore fundamental questions about how international climate law interacts with national law and how private sector players participate in a global public international law regime. We will examine the effectiveness of the regime and what is required to achieve safe levels of anthropogenic emissions with many practical examples of how the law is implemented. Although touched upon the focus is not on domestic climate law regimes.

Topics include:

  • An overview of the climate problem and what drives the legal and policy response-especially looking at the work of the IPCC.
  • An overview of international climate change law frameworks- UNFCCC, Kyoto Protocol, the Marrakesh Accords, the Copenhagen commitments, the outcomes from subsequent negotiations and new proposals for a global regime.
  • The international Negotiation Process: Bali. Poznan, Copenhagen, Cancun, Durban and Beyond 2012.
  • Specific Focus on key market mechanisms under Kyoto: Emissions Trading, the Clean Development Mechanism, Joint Implementation and how these mechanisms will develop post 2012.
  • Avoided Deforestation and the REDD process.
  • Domestic responses to implementing the international framework: the EUETS, the US, Australia, NZ. This includes the extent to which we see international regimes beginning to play an increasing role in the implementation of measures to reduce emissions to the exclusion of international law.
  • The interaction between climate change law and other areas of public international law-such as WTO and human rights. International litigation around climate change- from Tuvalu to aviation under the EUETS.

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 legal, policy and philosophical issues relating to international juridical norms whose purpose is to regulate activities impacting on climate;
  2. understand the implications that international climate norms raise for concepts that underpin the international state system (e.g., state sovereignty and domestic jurisdiction);
  3. understand the limits and utility of existing norms relating to the global climate;
  4. have a working knowledge of basic international legal norms pertaining to climate; and
  5. be able to apply principles of international climate law to an array of contemporary international problems.

Indicative Assessment

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

Assessment is likely to consist of a major research essay (up to 100%)

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26 Contact Hours (Intensive Delivery over 3 days) plus private study time and reading.

2014 Intensive Course Dates: 6-8 March

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Requisite and Incompatibility

LAWS8189 or LAWS8182 or (Program: 6300,7300 or 7312) or (Program 7330 and 30 units LAWS1### and LAWS2250). Incompatible with LAWS2274

Preliminary Reading

Readings and materials will be listed in the Course Outline which will be available on the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks from the commencement of the course.

Assumed Knowledge

Non lawyers must have completed either LAWS8189 Fundamentals of Environmental Law OR LAWS8182 Principles of International Law.


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.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1595 06 Mar 2014 06 Mar 2014 14 Mar 2014 19 Apr 2014 In Person N/A

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