- Code LAWS8145
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU Law School
- ANU College ANU College of Law
- 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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify, analyse and critically evaluate regulatory regimes that incorporate risk assessment and risk management approaches to achieve environmental protection;
- 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;
- Examine, analyse and reflect on relevant administrative law about expertise in administrative decision-making including in environmental risk assessment regimes;
- Apply relevant law and theory to critically evaluate environmental risk assessment regimes;
- Independently develop and execute research and analysis of a problem or aspect of environmental risk assessment regimes and communicate in written form.
- Class participation (10%) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Research Essay (6,000 words). (90) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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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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- 6 units
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