• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Law, Sustainability, Climate, Environmental Science More...

This course will examine climate law in Australia - including not only the current state of the law but also its likely future direction. It takes a perspective which is cross-disciplinary, comparative, and analytical.

This course is designed to meet the needs of practising lawyers, law graduates and private and public sector employees whose work raises issues of climate change law and policy.

Active participants in this course will gain a deeper understanding of the multitude of ways in which the law relates to and intersects with climate change. This course aims to lead students through a study of policy instruments relating to climate change in Australia, drawing examples from Commonwealth and State law and policy, and exploring the development of Australian law and policy.

The course aims to provide students with a range of fundamental concepts, useful tools and insights with which to understand and critically analyse environmental law as it relates to climate change. It takes a thematic approach and does not aspire to be comprehensive in every possible respect.

Learning Outcomes

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

At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to:
  • Show familiarity with fundamental terminology of domestic climate law;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the main options for domestic climate law;
  • Explain the interaction between different policy and legal instruments within Australian domestic climate law;
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply the emerging principles of climate law from relevant cases and statutes to a given set of hypothetical facts, and to present an argument;
  • Comment critically on the outcome and reasoning in cases studied during the course and identify the considerations of policy evident within them;
  • Demonstrate an ability to research and write in detail about specific issues within the field of climate law by critically analyzing relevant primary and secondary materials; and
  • Show familiarity with on-line and traditional sources concerning domestic climate law.

Indicative Assessment

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

Assessment is likely to include:

  • A law reform briefing paper (50%)
  • A substantial research paper (50%)

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

Not offered in 2014

Click here for the LLM Masters Program timetable

Requisite and Incompatibility

LAWS8189 or enrolment in (6300, 7300, 7312) or (7330 and 30 units of 1000 level LAWS course) incompatible with LAWS2274

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text for this course. However the two following books are the most useful for an overview of the subject:-
  1. Zahar, A., Peel, J. & Godden, L.  (2013)  Australian Climate Law in Global Context, Cambridge University Press; Port Melbourne, Vic.
  2. Durrant, N., Legal Responses to Climate Change, Federation Press, 2010.

Preliminary Reading

Will be provided in the Course Outline which will be posted to the Wattle course page approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

Areas of Interest

  • Environmental Studies
  • Law
  • Sustainability
  • Climate
  • Environmental Science
  • Resource and Environmental Management


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.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1717 07 Sep 2015 07 Sep 2015 18 Sep 2015 21 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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