This course introduces students to the nature of transboundary environmental challenges and the development of international norms and institutions to address them.
Fundamental issues addressed by the course include:
- the ethical framework for international environmental policies and laws,
- the origin and development of international environmental law,
- sources of international environmental law,
- actors in global environmental governance and the nature of international environmental norms.
Much of the course is devoted to specific subject areas of environmental governance such as:
- biodiversity and biosafety,
- marine environmental protection,
- the Antarctic environment,
- the implementation of international environmental law in Australia, and
- mechanisms for dispute settlement, compliance and enforcement.
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 the history and development of international environmental law as a distinct field of public international law, and have a clear, enhanced understanding of its principles;
- Critically examine the ethical debates surrounding environmental policy and law-making and identify the limits and utility of the norms relating to the global environment;
- Illuminate the interaction and tension between various international actors and institutions in the development and implementation of international environmental norms;
- Apply norms and principles of international environmental law in a problem-solving context; and
- Research, critically examine and communicate in writing about a problem or specific aspect of international environmental law.
Other InformationThis 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 AssessmentAssessment is likely to consist of:
- Class participation (10%)
- Research Essay (90%, 6,000 words).
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26 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.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThere is no prescribed text for this course.
Preliminary ReadingAll students are expected to read the following single article prior to attending the intensive session of the Course, for the purpose of discussion on the first day.
- Rakhyun E. Kim and Klaus Bosselmann, “International Environmental Law in the Anthropocene: Towards a Purposive System of Multilateral Environmental Agreements”, Transnational Environmental Law, July 2015, pp 1 – 25, Available on CJO 2013 doi:10.1017/
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 e-brick will be available on the Wattle course site.
Assumed KnowledgeStudents without an Australian law degree must have completed LAWS8189 Fundamentals of Environmental Law (FEL)
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.
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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|
|9721||22 Nov 2017||22 Nov 2017||01 Dec 2017||05 Jan 2018||In Person||N/A|