• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Spring Session 2014
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This course introduces students to the nature of transboundary environmental challenges and the development of international norms and institutions to address them.

Fundamental issues addressed by the course include:

  • the ethical framework for international environmental policies and laws,
  • the origin and development of international environmental law,
  • sources of international environmental law,
  • actors in global environmental governance and the nature of international environmental norms.

Much of the course is devoted to specific subject areas of environmental governance such as:

  • biodiversity and biosafety,
  • marine environmental protection,
  • the Antarctic environment,
  • the implementation of international environmental law in Australia, and
  • mechanisms for dispute settlement, compliance and enforcement.

Learning Outcomes

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

At the conclusion of this course students should:

  • be able to engage critically with ethical debates surrounding environmental policy and law-making;
  • understand the history and development of international environmental law as a distinct field of public international law;
  • possess a thorough knowledge of the principles of international environmental law;
  • possess a good knowledge of the main topic areas of international environmental law;
  • understand the limits and utility of the norms relating to the global environment;
  • appreciate the interaction and tension between various international actors and institutions in the development and implementation of international environmental norms; and
  • be able to apply norms and principles of international environmental law in a problem-solving context.

Other Information

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Indicative Assessment

The proposed assessment for this course will comprise of 2 assignments: a short reflective task required before the teaching component of the course and a more substantial research essay to be submitted after the intensive session.

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)  



Requisite and Incompatibility

LAWS8189 or LAWS8182 or (Program: 6300,7300 or 7312) or (Program 7330 and 30 units LAWS1### and LAWS2250). Incompatible with LAWS2253

Preliminary Reading

Refer to Course Outline when available.


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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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
8656 08 Oct 2014 08 Oct 2014 17 Oct 2014 21 Nov 2014 In Person N/A

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