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.
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 appraise the main options for domestic climate law, illuminating the interaction between different policy and legal instruments;
- Critically evaluate the outcome and reasoning in key cases and identify the considerations of policy evident within them;
- Apply the principles of climate law as found in relevant cases and statutes to complex problems; and
- 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 InformationThis 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 AssessmentAssessment is likely to consist of:
- A law reform briefing paper (50%, 3,000 words)
- A substantial research paper (50%, 3,000 words)
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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.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
Preliminary ReadingThere 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
- Environmental Science
- Resource and Environmental Management
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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