• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Climate
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Martijn Wilder
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2016
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This course will examine international climate law, looking at both the current international legal frameworks and the negotiation of the future regime.

The course will also explore fundamental questions about how international climate law interacts with national law and how private sector players participate in a global public international law regime. We will examine the effectiveness of the regime and what is required to achieve safe levels of anthropogenic emissions with many practical examples of how the law is implemented. Although touched upon the focus is not on domestic climate law regimes.

Topics include:

  • An overview of the climate problem and what drives the legal and policy response-especially looking at the work of the IPCC.
  • An overview of international climate change law frameworks- UNFCCC, Kyoto Protocol, the Marrakesh Accords, the Copenhagen commitments, the outcomes from subsequent negotiations and new proposals for a global regime.
  • The international Negotiation Process: Bali. Poznan, Copenhagen, Cancun, Durban and Beyond 2012.
  • Specific Focus on key market mechanisms under Kyoto: Emissions Trading, the Clean Development Mechanism, Joint Implementation and how these mechanisms will develop post 2012.
  • Avoided Deforestation and the REDD process.
  • Domestic responses to implementing the international framework: the EUETS, the US, Australia, NZ. This includes the extent to which we see international regimes beginning to play an increasing role in the implementation of measures to reduce emissions to the exclusion of international law.
  • The interaction between climate change law and other areas of public international law-such as WTO and human rights. International litigation around climate change- from Tuvalu to aviation under the EUETS.

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. Explain and analyse international legal norms pertaining to the global climate;
  2. Identify and reflect on the legal, policy and philosophical issues relating to international juridical norms which regulate activities impacting on climate;
  3. Evaluate the limits and utility of existing norms relating to the climate;
  4. Apply principles of international climate law to an array of contemporary international problems; and
  5. Research, critically examine and communicate in writing about a problem or specific aspect of international climate law.

Other Information

This is an intensive course with 4 days of compulsory attendance required (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

Assessment is likely to consist of:

  1. Participation in class mock negotiation exercise 10%
  2. Research essay 90%

Students must rely on the Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

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24 Hours of face to face teaching (3-4 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 be approximately 10-12 hours. 

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300SINTL), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), 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) 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

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol, the section on "Article 12" of the CDM Rulebook, and the section on "Article 6" of the JI Rulebook.

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.
An ebrick will be available on the Wattle course site


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
2016 $3252
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
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.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5720 28 Apr 2016 28 Apr 2016 06 May 2016 11 Jun 2016 In Person N/A

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