- Code LAWS8010
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU Law School
- ANU College ANU College of Law
- Course subject Laws
- Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Law, Environmental Science , Resource and Environmental Management
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course examines the nexus between environmental protection and human rights. Environmental harm and the violation of human rights intersect in diverse and complex ways. Human rights claims and strategies are increasingly recognised as important in the promotion of all phases of sustainable development, including the preservation of healthy biosphere. So-called environmental rights clamour for acceptance as a new category of human rights per se. At the same time, claims based on existing human rights, both substantive and procedural, are now regularly deployed in a national and international fora. This course explores recent human rights developments that bear on the environment in international law, including the United Nations and regional human rights systems. It examines the environmental application of human rights contained in international instruments, national constitutions, and legislation. Through a series of discussion based seminars, student presentations and case studies, the course will address topics indicated below.
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 evaluate the legal, policy and philosophical issues relating to human rights norms that may be employed to protect the environment;
- Identify and reflect on the limits and utility of human rights norms (international and domestic) relating to the environment;
- Identify and analyse how basic international and regional human rights systems can be utilised to provide a measure of environmental protection;
- Apply human rights norms to an array of contemporary international and domestic environmental problems; and
- Research, critically examine and communicate in writing about a problem or specific aspect of environmental protection and human rights.
Other InformationThis is an intensive course with a 4 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 AssessmentStudents 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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Workload26 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.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
Donald K. Anton & Dinah Shelton, Environmental Protection and Human Rights (Cambridge University 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 ebrick will be available on the Wattle course site
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- 6 units
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