• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
    Specialist
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Biodiversity Conservation

Objectives:

Loss of biodiversity is one of the most serious environmental problems the world faces. The objective of this course is to describe, analyse and evaluate current legal regimes for biodiversity conservation. It also explores the policy issues that arise in relation to biodiversity conservation and examines the need for a broader policy mix.

Conventional legal approaches, based on setting aside special areas and regulation, often fail to grasp the implications of the problem and may need both to be reformed and complemented by other approaches, such as providing positive incentives, such as stewardship payments.

The course will provide a critical understanding of current legal issues relating to terrestrial biodiversity conservation and the design of appropriate policy responses, particularly in relation to private land.

Content:

After outlining the ecological, scientific and socio-economic context in which biodiversity conservation is pursued, this course describes, analyses and evaluates current legal regimes for biodiversity conservation. It includes coverage of:

  • International obligations
  • Federal/state/local government division of responsibility
  • Protected areas;
  • Threatened species;
  • Native vegetation conservation on private land;
  • Private and public forestry
  • Regulatory, voluntary and economic instruments;

The course also explores the policy issues that arise from current approaches and examines the need for a broader policy mix.

Learning Outcomes

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 the range of justifications advanced for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, identify the role played by science and scientists, and analyse the role of international, Commonwealth and State law relating to nature conservation;
  2. Identify and critically evaluate the respective roles played by the setting aside of protected areas and the conservation of nature on land in private ownership;
  3. Select policy instruments available to induce private landholders to manage their land in ways that are sensitive to nature conservation and critically analyse the role which can usefully be played by law, and in particular direct (“command and control”) regulation;
  4. Distinguish claims for compensation for the imposition of land use restrictions over land in private ownership from payments for active management, and critically assess the appropriateness of claims for compensation and their likelihood of success under Australian law; and
  5. Research, critically examine and communicate in writing about a problem or specific aspect of biodiversity law and policy.

Other Information

This is an online course (see LLM timetable for dates) which will be conducted via the Wattle course site.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment is likely to consist of:
  1. Preliminary essay 20%
  2. Research essay 80%
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

This is an online course. Students will study online.   The course will 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.  

Click here for the LLM Masters Program timetable

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

Indicative Reading List

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

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:
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
2017 $3420
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9485 16 Oct 2018 16 Oct 2018 02 Nov 2018 25 Dec 2018 In Person

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