• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Development Studies, Law, Climate, Human Rights
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Scott Leckie
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Spring Session 2015
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This course will provide a state of the art, up to date overview of the phenomena of climate displacement, an understanding of the dynamics of climate displacement, the countries which are now and in future will be most heavily affected and the legal and policy measures that will be required to ensure that all climate displaced persons are afforded rights-based and viable solutions to their displacement.

By approaching this vexing issue in this manner, the course will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the legal issues involved, how they can be invoked and where work is underway today to protect the rights of climate displaced persons, with an emphasis on Bangladesh, Kiribati, Maldives, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.

 While estimates of the scale of future climate displacement are notoriously difficult to prove with any precision, it is certain that many millions of people will be forced by the consequences of climate change to flee their homes and lands, and in some instances, their countries.

International and national laws and institutions are arguably not yet capable of ensuring that the rights of climate displaced persons will be fully respected and protected.

Learning Outcomes

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

The learning outcomes include equipping students to:

  • understand the phenomenon of climate displacement, its likely scale, countries most heavily affected, how it manifests and required solutions
  • understand the position of international law, in particular human rights law, on climate displacement and the rights of those affected
  • understand the particular challenges, legal and otherwise, facing the most heavily affected countries, including Bangladesh, Kiribati, Maldives, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and how these may best be addressed.
  •  understand the key actors in the area of climate displacement including UN agencies, national governments, civil society actors and affected communities

Other Information

This is an intensive course with 4 days of compulsory attendance required (see LLM timetable for dates).
Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the intensive your final assessment will be due. Contact with fellow students and the convenor, both prior to the intensive and after, is conducted via the Wattle course site.

Indicative Assessment

An approved Course Study Guide will be available on the Wattle site approximately 4 weeks from the commencement of the course.

It is expected that the assessment will be:

  • A research paper (worth 80%)
  • Performance during a debate on the final day of the course, participation and attendance during the course (worth 20%).

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    26 Contact Hours (Intensive Delivery over 4 days) plus private study and reading time.

    Click here for LLM Masters Program timetable

    Requisite and Incompatibility

    To enrol in this course you must be studying one of the following: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM) Master of Laws specilising in International Law (7300SINTL), Master of Laws specilising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SENVL), Master of Laws specialising in Government and Commercial Law (7300SGCL), Master of Laws specialising in International Security Law (7300SISL), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIN), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312XLLMLP), Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883SINTL, 7883XLLM), Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893XMINTL), Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL), Master of Law, Governance & Development (7317XMLGD), Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL), Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), Master of Legal Studies (7305XMLEGS). OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five LAWS courses at 1000 level or 6100 level. OR Must be studying a Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or are completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions.

    Prescribed Texts

    The Climate Change and Displacement Reader (Scott Leckie, Ezekiel Simperingham and Jordan Bakker, eds., Taylor & Francis, Routledge/Earthscan, 2012, and various materials prepared by the lecturer.


    Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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    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.

    Units EFTSL
    6.00 0.12500
    Domestic fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2015 $2958
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2015 $4146
    Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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    Spring Session

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
    1594 21 Sep 2015 21 Sep 2015 02 Oct 2015 05 Nov 2015 In Person N/A

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