• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Law, Resource and Environmental Management
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Spring Session 2015
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This course is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the complexities of environmental regulation of the coastal and marine environment. Conceptually, the course is intended to move from the shore to the high seas, beginning with the foundations of coastal law and ending with recent initiatives on marine environmental regulation.

The course commences with a consideration of the coastal and marine environment, and the legal framework which operates within that area, especially that established under international law.

Particular attention will be given to the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the maritime zones established under that Convention and Australian practice in that regard. Constitutional structures for giving effect to marine and coastal law in Australia will be assessed, and the construct of the legal regime in Australia at the Commonwealth, State, and Territory level, including relevant local government regulation. Attention will also be given to marine living and non-living resource management, the regulation of marine and coastal pollution, and Australia law and policy regarding whaling.

Learning Outcomes

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

A participant who has successfully completed this course should:

  • appreciate the interaction of marine and coastal law with other sources of law, including international, constitutional and environmental law;
  • have an understanding of the relevant sources of international law which have an impact upon marine and coastal law, especially that dealing with the law of the sea and the environment;
  • have a sound appreciation of the provisions of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea as it applies to marine and coastal law;
  • have a sound appreciation of international and national marine pollution and environmental legislation and policy as it applies to the marine and coastal environment;
  • have an appreciation of Australian initiatives in the development of marine and coastal law, at the federal, state and territorial level, especially with respect to the development of Australia’s Oceans Policy.

Other Information

This is an intensive course with a 4 day compulsory intensive (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

Indicative Assessment:

  • Case Note of 2,000 words valued at 30%
  • Major Research Paper of 5,000 words valued at 70% 

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 26 hours of face to face teaching (4 day intensive). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws specilising in International Law (7300SINTL), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIN), Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893XMINTL), Master of Diplomacy/Master Laws (7883SINTL), Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), and completed LAWS8182 Principles of International Law OR Must be studying a: Master of Legal Studies (7305XMLEGS) Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL) Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL) Master of Law, Governance and Development (7317XMLGD) Master of International Security Law 97318XMISL) and completed LAWS8189 Fundamentals of Environmental Law OR Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM) Master of Laws specialising 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 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) OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and completed or be completing five LAWS1000 level or 6100 level courses, and LAWS2250 International Law or LAWS6250 International Law OR Must be studying a Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions and (LAWS8182 Principles of International Law or LAWS8189 Fundamentals of Environmental Law)

Prescribed Texts

Rachel Baird and Donald R. Rothwell (eds), Australian Coastal and Marine Law (Federation, 2011)

Preliminary Reading

·         Blay, Piotrowicz and Tsamenyi eds., Public International Law: An Australian Perspective, 2nd (Oxford University Press, 2005)

·         Gullett, Schofield and Vince (eds), Marine Resource Management (LexisNexis, 2011)

  • Lowe and Talmon (eds), The Legal Order of the Oceans: Basic Documents on the Law of the Sea (Hart, 2009)
  • Rothwell, Kaye, Akhtarkhavari and Davis, International Law: Cases and Materials with Australian Perspectives (Cambridge, 2010)
  • Rothwell and Stephens, The International Law of the Sea (Hart, 2010)
  • Rothwell and VanderZwaag (eds), Towards Principled Oceans Governance: Australian and Canadian approaches and challenges (Routledge, 2006)

·         White, Australian Offshore Laws (Federation, 2009)

The course WATTLE site will also be populated with additional primary materials and readings prior to the commence of the course.

Students must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks 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.

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1599 09 Oct 2015 23 Oct 2015 23 Oct 2015 22 Nov 2015 In Person N/A

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