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

Describes the roles of and interaction between a diverse range of regulatory tools currently used to deliver environmental policy goals in Australia. These are compared to regulatory best practice internationally. Examination of how the “next generation” of environmental regulation and policy tools can be designed both to bring laggards up to the basic legal standard and to reward and facilitate leaders in going “beyond compliance”.

Regulation is the most important single influence on corporate environmental behaviour and permeates all substantive areas of environmental law. This course examines the diverse range of instruments that currently make up the environmental policy-makers toolkit, and which shape environmental outcomes for both large and small business, including: (i) traditional regulatory instruments such as command and control regulation (ii) market based strategies such as pollution taxes and tradable permits (iii) ‘next generation’ approaches including information based regulation, environmental audit, environment management systems (including ISO 14001), regulatory flexibility initiatives, self and co-regulatory and voluntary agreements. It addresses both urban and rural issues. It shows why enterprises choose different strategies towards environmental regulation; why some increasingly choose to go "beyond compliance"; and how combinations of policy instruments can facilitate, encourage and reward sustainable business strategy and integrate environmental and economic performance. The course includes a variety of case studies and workshops, and is designed to complement LAWS8110.

Learning Outcomes

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

A participant should be able:

  • to identify the roles played by command and control regulation, market mechanisms, and a range of innovative alternatives, including informational regulation, co-regulation and economic instruments;
  • to explore the role of voluntary, incentive-based and regulatory tools in regulating the behaviour of corporations; and
  • to identify the core elements of best practice environmental regulation, the design principles necessary to achieve an optimal regulatory mix,  and strategies to achieve a regulatory reconfiguration best suited to the needs of public policy and civil society in the early 21st century.

Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the Means of Assessment which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4-6 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

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26 Contact Hours (Intensive Delivery over 3 days) plus private study time.

2014 Course Dates: 2-4 April 2014

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

Prescribed Texts

There is likely to be no prescribed text. However, a useful text is N Gunningham and D Sinclair Leaders and Laggards: Next Generation Environment Regulation, Greenleaf Press, UK, 2002.

Preliminary Reading

A Course Outline will be provided on the Wattle course site approximately 4-6 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

Assumed Knowledge

Students without a LLB or JD or equivalent must have completed Fundamentals of Environmental Law LAWS8189 prior to completing this course.


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.

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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Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5729 30 Mar 2016 30 Mar 2016 08 Apr 2016 13 May 2016 In Person N/A

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