• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Resource and Environmental Management

This course will examine law as it impacts the community's ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from a natural hazard event with a particular focus on bushfires, but with learning outcomes that can be applied across all hazards.

The course is designed to ensure that students gain a comprehensive understanding of common features, and differences, in the relevant law across the Australian jurisdictions. With this understanding students will be able to critically analyse the law, identify how current law and policy hinders, or helps, the Australian community to live with natural hazards, in particular fire, and make informed proposals for law and policy reform.

Learning Outcomes

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

On completion of this course a student will:

  1. understand the key principles of emergency management law in Australia;
  2. appreciate the breadth, the common features and the differences of emergency management law across the Australian jurisdictions;
  3. be able to critically analyse emergency management law within various contexts and to evaluate laws against procedural and substantive criteria

Other Information

This in as 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

Assessment will be by way of a case study relating to an Australian disaster where students will identify legal issues that arose in the preparation for, response to, or recovery from, that event. Students may use as a case study any disaster response they have been involved with, or one of the major Australian events, such as the 1967 Hobart Fires, 1974 Cyclone Tracy, 1983 Ash Wednesday Fires, 2003 fires in NSW and the ACT or the 2009 Black Saturday fires.

Students must rely on the Course Study Guide which will be available on the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

The assessment will likely be:

  1. Precis identifying the event that they will study, the issues they expect to explore and a brief annotated bibliography of relevant reading (15%)
  2. Comments on the precis filed by at least 2 other students (10%)
  3. Research paper (75%)

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26 contact hours (4 day intensive delivery) plus private study and reading time

Click here for the LLM Masters Program timetable

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 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. Alternatively you must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330) and have completed 30 units of 1000 level law (LAWS) courses.

Prescribed Texts

Students, in particular those who do not have a legal background, should read Michael Eburn, Emergency Law (4th ed, Federation Press, 2013)

A reading guide will be available on the Wattle course site prior to the commencement 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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
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.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5715 15 Jun 2016 15 Jun 2016 24 Jun 2016 29 Jul 2016 In Person N/A

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