• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Law, Legal Practice
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2014
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The course aims to take students inside the practice of environmental litigation to teach the practical skills of being a litigator set within a wider theoretical context of environmental regulation.

The course is aimed primarily at litigation lawyers working in environmental law in private practice and government regulators but will also be relevant to managers, policy officers, and enforcement officers in environmental regulators.

The course aims particularly to complement training available to environmental regulators through the Australian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators Network (AELERT).

Learning Outcomes

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

Managers of environmental regulators:-   
  1. Improve skills and knowledge to lead or manage a regulatory team in the public sector
  2. Complement AELERT Diploma in Government (Investigations).
Litigation lawyers:-   
  1. Integrate litigation skills within an overall policy and regulatory framework
  2. Practical training in problem-solving and decision-making in litigation
  3. Advocacy and legal drafting skills
  4. Ability to analyse evidence and advise on prospects of success at trial
  5. Avoid and narrow issues in dispute to achieve cost-effective outcomes for clients.
Policy & enforcement officers:-
  1. Gain advanced knowledge of civil and criminal litigation practice
  2. Complement CERT IV investigations and statutory compliance training.

Other Information

Field Trip

This course offers a voluntary half-day field trip tour to the High Court, ACT Magistrates and Supreme Court, ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Federal Court on the day before the course commence. Where possible students will sit-in on court sessions.

The Field Trip will take place on Tuesday 8th July, from 12 noon to 5 pm.

Indicative Assessment

It is likely the assessment be comprised of the following:
  1. Short Essay (25%, 1000-2000 wds)
  2. Practical Exercise (25%, 1000-2000 wds)
  3. Research Essay (50%, 4000 wds) OR Practical Exercise (essay 4000 wds and oral submission) (50%)
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.

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

2014 Intensive dates: 9-11 July

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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

Preliminary Reading

Spend 1-2 hours reading the case studies of environmental litigation available at http://www.envlaw.com.au/case.html, particularly the initiating process (i.e. the Applications and Statements of Claim initiating the litigation).

The Course Outline will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

The course will focus on the case studies available at  http://www.envlaw.com.au/case.html but the following are useful general references for the course:

  • Bates G, Environmental Law in Australia (7th ed, Butterworths, 2010).
  • Dovers S, Environment and Sustainability Policy: Creation, Implementation, Evaluation (The Federation Press, 2005).
  • Gunningham N and Graborsky P, Smart Regulation: Designing Environmental Policy (Oxford University Press, 1998).

Assumed Knowledge

A working knowledge of environmental law in Australia. LAWS8189 Fundamentals of Environmental Law is a prerequisite subject for non-law graduates.

The course is aimed primarily at environmental lawyers in private practice or community legal centres and staff in Commonwealth, State, Territory and local government environment and natural resource departments.

The course is not specifically designed to teach civil and criminal procedure or substantive environmental laws but these topics are an incidental component of the course.


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.

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5750 09 Jul 2014 09 Jul 2014 18 Jul 2014 22 Aug 2014 In Person N/A

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