• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The course will consider Australian forestry law in a comparative context. Specific aspects of Australian law will include:

  • the role of the Commonwealth historically under the EPIP Act and currently under the EPBC Act;
  • the purpose and effect of Regional Forestry Agreements and cases related thereto;
  • forest tenures under State legislation;
  • recent measures to separate title to embedded Co2;
  • and commercial and legal aspects of bio-sequestration projects.

International dimensions will cover:

  • the Forestry Principles and other attempts to develop a global agreement;
  • role of other MEA's - World Heritage Convention, Biodiversity Convention and CITES (re listing of ramin);
  • the Forestry Stewardship Council accreditation scheme;
  • the impact of GATT on trade-related measures;
  • avoided deforestation (REDD) proposals in relation to climate change under the Bali Roadmap; and
  • recent efforts to adopt international measures to restrict illegal trade in forest products.

Finally, some comparison with other countries in terms of forest litigation will be offered - for example, the Philippines (Oposa's case); prosecutions for illegal forestry in Indonesia; and the Spotted Owl case in Oregon, USA.

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements for this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Analyse the legal framework within which forestry operations are undertaken in Australia;
  • critique approaches to the implementation and enforcement of forestry law through a comparative analysis of various jurisdictions within and outside Australia; and
  • evaluate the role of forestry-related initiatives in relation to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the Approved Assessment which will be posted to the course homepage on the ANU Law website, prior to the commencement of the course.

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26 Contact Hours (Intensive Delivery)

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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


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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.

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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