• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

Describes the roles of and interaction between a diverse range of regulatory tools currently used to deliver environmental policy goals in Australia. These are compared to regulatory best practice internationally. Examination of how the “next generation” of environmental regulation and policy tools can be designed both to bring laggards up to the basic legal standard and to reward and facilitate leaders in going “beyond compliance”.

Regulation is the most important single influence on corporate environmental behaviour and permeates all substantive areas of environmental law. This course examines the diverse range of instruments that currently make up the environmental policy-makers toolkit, and which shape environmental outcomes for both large and small business, including: (i) traditional regulatory instruments such as command and control regulation (ii) market based strategies such as pollution taxes and tradable permits (iii) ‘next generation’ approaches including information based regulation, environmental audit, environment management systems (including ISO 14001), regulatory flexibility initiatives, self and co-regulatory and voluntary agreements. It addresses both urban and rural issues. It shows why enterprises choose different strategies towards environmental regulation; why some increasingly choose to go "beyond compliance"; and how combinations of policy instruments can facilitate, encourage and reward sustainable business strategy and integrate environmental and economic performance. The course includes a variety of case studies and workshops, and is designed to complement LAWS8110.

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. Identify, analyse and reflect on the roles played by command and control regulation, market mechanisms, and a range of innovative alternatives, including informational regulation, co-regulation and economic instruments.
  2. Explain and critically evaluate the role of voluntary, incentive-based and regulatory tools in regulating the behaviour of corporations.
  3. Identify the core elements of best practice environmental regulation, and select the design principles necessary to achieve an optimal regulatory mix.
  4. Research, critically examine and communicate in writing about a problem or specific aspect of environmental regulation.

Other Information

This 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 Assessment

It is likely the assessment be comprised of the following:
  1. Three Discussion Forums (3 x 10% = 30%).
  2. Collaborative research activity (Wiki) (10%).
  3. Research Essay (60%, 4,000-4,500 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.

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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 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 (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

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
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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