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.
- 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.
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:
- Explain and analyse international legal norms pertaining to the global climate;
- Identify and reflect on the legal, policy and philosophical issues relating to international juridical norms which regulate activities impacting on climate;
- Evaluate the limits and utility of existing norms relating to the climate;
- Apply principles of international climate law to an array of contemporary international problems; and
- Research, critically examine and communicate in writing about a problem or specific aspect of international climate law.
Other InformationThis 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.
Assessment is likely to consist of:
- Participation in class mock negotiation exercise 10%
- 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.
Requisite and Incompatibility
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
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- 6 units
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|1863||02 Mar 2017||02 Mar 2017||17 Mar 2017||15 Apr 2017||In Person||N/A|