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

This course will cover the following topics:

  • Theories of environmental decision-making including the use of expert science in decision-making.
  • Political, administrative and institutional contexts.
  • Models of environmental regulatory regimes based on scientific information and the assessment of risk.
    (For example, environmental impact assessment, gene technology, hazardous chemicals, fisheries management regimes, forestry, endangered species).
  • Sources of scientific uncertainty and standards of ‘regulatory science'.
  • Theory, method and law of risk assessment.
  • Legislative standards of preventive and precautionary regulation.
  • Case law on standards of science.
  • The precautionary principle in international law and in international trade disputes.
  • Interpreting and implementing the precautionary principle in domestic law (threshold test and precautionary action).
  • Scientific uncertainty, the precautionary principle, and the threshold test.
  • Legal and institutional reform.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Identify, analyse and critically evaluate regulatory regimes that incorporate risk assessment and risk management approaches to achieve environmental protection;
  2. Examine, analyse and reflect on scholarly and theoretical material from multiple disciplines about the nature and use of expertise in environmental and administrative decision-making;
  3. Examine, analyse and reflect on relevant administrative law about expertise in administrative decision-making including in environmental risk assessment regimes;
  4. Apply relevant law and theory to critically evaluate environmental risk assessment regimes;
  5. Independently develop and execute research and analysis of a problem or aspect of environmental risk assessment regimes and communicate in written form.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Class participation (10%) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Research Essay (6,000 words). (90) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Workload

Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week.


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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), 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); OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses or five 6100 level LAWS courses; OR Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; OR Master of Military Law (MMILL); OR Juris Doctor - online (MJDOL) and have completed LAWS8712 Australian Public Law & International Law B. Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for permission number.

Prescribed Texts

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

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:
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
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

There are no current offerings for this course.

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