• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Development Studies, Law, Climate, Human Rights
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

While estimates of the scale of future climate displacement are notoriously difficult to prove with any precision, it is certain that many millions of people will be forced by the consequences of climate change to flee their homes and lands, and in some instances, their countries. International and national laws and institutions are arguably not yet capable of ensuring that the rights of climate displaced persons will be fully respected and protected.

This course will provide an overview of the phenomena of climate change and displacement, including an understanding of the dynamics of climate displacement, the countries which are now and in future likely be most heavily affected, and the legal and policy measures that will be required to ensure that all climate displaced persons are afforded rights-based and viable solutions to their displacement. The course will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the legal issues involved, how they can be invoked and where work is underway today to protect the rights of climate displaced persons, with an emphasis on Bangladesh, Kiribati, Maldives, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify, analyse and evaluate the phenomena of climate change and displacement, their likely scale and consequences countries most heavily affected;
  2. Examine, investigate and advise upon the particular legal and policy challenges facing the most heavily affected countries, including Bangladesh, Kiribati, Maldives, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu and how these may best be addressed;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of international law, in particular human rights law, on climate displacement and the rights of those affected; and
  4. Recognise, distinguish and appraise the role of key actors in tackling climate displacement including UN agencies, national governments, civil society actors and affected communities.

Indicative Assessment

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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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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 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 Legal Practice (MLEGP), 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). 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

The prescribed text for this course is Leckie, Simperingham and Bakker (eds) Climate Change and Displacement Reader, Earthscan from Routledge, 2012.

Preliminary Reading

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.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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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
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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