• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Law, Sustainability, Climate, Environmental Science More...
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2017
    See Future Offerings

This course will examine climate law in Australia - including not only the current state of the law but also its likely future direction. It takes a perspective which is cross-disciplinary, comparative, and analytical.

This course is designed to meet the needs of practising lawyers, law graduates and private and public sector employees whose work raises issues of climate change law and policy.

Active participants in this course will gain a deeper understanding of the multitude of ways in which the law relates to and intersects with climate change. This course aims to lead students through a study of policy instruments relating to climate change in Australia, drawing examples from Commonwealth and State law and policy, and exploring the development of Australian law and policy.

The course aims to provide students with a range of fundamental concepts, useful tools and insights with which to understand and critically analyse environmental law as it relates to climate change. It takes a thematic approach and does not aspire to be comprehensive in every possible respect.

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 appraise the main options for domestic climate law, illuminating the interaction between different policy and legal instruments;
  2. Critically evaluate the outcome and reasoning in key cases and identify the considerations of policy evident within them;
  3. Apply the principles of climate law as found in relevant cases and statutes to complex problems; and
  4. Research, critically examine and communicate in writing about a problem or specific aspect of Australian climate law drawing on relevant primary and secondary materials.

Other Information

This in as intensive course with 3 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. A law reform briefing paper (50%, 3,000 words)
  2. A substantial research paper (50%, 3,000 words)
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.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


21 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.  

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

Preliminary Reading

There is no prescribed text for this course. However the two following books are the most useful for an overview of the subject:-
  • Zahar, A., Peel, J. & Godden, L.  (2013)  Australian Climate Law in Global Context, Cambridge University Press; Port Melbourne, Vic.
  • Durrant, N., Legal Responses to Climate Change, Federation Press, 2010.

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.

Areas of Interest

  • Environmental Studies
  • Law
  • Sustainability
  • Climate
  • Environmental Science
  • Resource and Environmental Management


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

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6863 11 Sep 2017 11 Sep 2017 29 Sep 2017 20 Nov 2017 In Person N/A

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions