• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
    Specialist
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Law

Over the past three decades, the Australian Government has played an increasingly prominent role in environmental issues. In addition to its traditional functions regarding Commonwealth waters and Commonwealth land, the Australian Government is now directly involved in the regulation and management of land use and pollution issues in the states and territories.

This course will explore the role of the Commonwealth in environmental and natural resource management and provide an overview of the federal legislative regimes that apply to these issues. The emphasis will be on the regulatory structures established under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth), especially the federal environmental impact assessment and approval regime, the national heritage regime and Commonwealth reserve management.

Learning Outcomes

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

Students who complete the course will:
  • gain a deeper understanding of the role of the Commonwealth in environmental management;
  • have an appreciation of the ideological, political and legal factors that have shaped, and now underpin, the Commonwealth’s environmental management regime;
  • understand key elements of the Commonwealth’s legislative regimes concerning environmental impact assessment, heritage, wildlife trade, terrestrial and marine reserves and forestry;
  • be able to solve legal problems, and construct policy arguments, concerning the above issues; and
  • be able to conduct research and write in detail about specific issues in the field of Commonwealth environmental law and policy. 

Indicative Assessment

It is likely the assessment will consist of:

  1. research essay (100%, 6000-8000 wds)

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

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Workload

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

2014 intensive dates: 18-20 August

Click here for the current 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 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 OR you must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330) and have completed 30 units of 1000 level law (LAWS) courses.

Prescribed Texts

T Bonyhady and A Macintosh (eds), Mills, Mines and Other Controversies: The Environmental Assessment of Major Projects, Federation Press, 2010

Preliminary Reading

The Course Outline will be available on the Wattle course page approximately 4 weeks from the commencement of the course.

Assumed Knowledge

Non-lawyers must have completed LAWS8189 Fundamentals of Environmental Law

Fees

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:
3
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.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6833 03 Sep 2016 03 Sep 2016 16 Sep 2016 15 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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