• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
    Specialist
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Law, Climate, Energy Change, Environmental Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course will cover the following topics:

  • Theories of environmental decision-making including the use of expert science in decision-making.
  • Political, administrative and institutional contexts.
  • Models of environmental regulatory regimes based on scientific information and the assessment of risk.
    (For example, environmental impact assessment, gene technology, hazardous chemicals, fisheries management regimes, forestry, endangered species).
  • Sources of scientific uncertainty and standards of ‘regulatory science'.
  • Theory, method and law of risk assessment.
  • Legislative standards of preventive and precautionary regulation.
  • Case law on standards of science.
  • The precautionary principle in international law and in international trade disputes.
  • Interpreting and implementing the precautionary principle in domestic law (threshold test and precautionary action).
  • Scientific uncertainty, the precautionary principle, and the threshold test.
  • Legal and institutional reform.

Learning Outcomes

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

By the conclusion of this course, it is intended that students who have successfully completed all the course requirements will be able to:
  1. Identify, analyse and critically evaluate regulatory regimes that incorporate risk assessment and risk management approaches to achieve environmental protection;
  2. Examine, analyse and reflect on scholarly and theoretical material from multiple disciplines about the nature and use of expertise in environmental and administrative decision-making;
  3. Examine, analyse and reflect on relevant administrative law about expertise in administrative decision-making including in environmental risk assessment regimes;
  4. Apply relevant law and theory to critically evaluate environmental risk assessment regimes;
  5. Independently develop and execute research and analysis of a problem or aspect of environmental risk assessment regimes and communicate in written form.

Other Information

This is an intensive course with a 3 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

Assessments are likely to consist of:
  1. Class participation (10%)
  2. Research Essay (90%, 6,000 words).
Students must rely on the Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle site approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of the course

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Workload

24 Hours of face to face teaching (3 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 (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300XSINTL), Master of Laws specialising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SEVNL), 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 International Law (NLLIL), 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), Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883SINTL, 7883XLLM), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), Master of Legal Studies (7305XMLEGS). OR Must be studying a: Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893XMDIPL, 7893XMINTL), Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL), Master of Law, Governance & Development (7317XMLGD), Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL), Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL), Master of Legal Studies (7305XMLEGS), and have completed LAWS8189 Fundamentals of Environmental Law OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five LAWS1000 level courses or five LAWS6100 level courses. OR Must be studying a Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or are completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions and LAWS8189 Fundamentals of Environmental Law. OR Must be studying a Master of Military Law (MMILL) OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (MJDOL) and have completed the course LAWS8712 Australian Public Law & International Law B

Preliminary Reading

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.

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
2016 $3252
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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