The law relating to management of natural resources and for environmental protection has grown to become an established and important area of professional legal practice over the last twenty years. Energy law is an important branch of such practice. It governs the ownership, use, development and control of energy resources.
The Sustainable Energy Law course surveys the rapidly evolving field of renewable and clean energy law at both domestic and international levels.
The course provides students with the opportunity to examine, explore and critique existing legal solutions to issues arising in energy markets, with the aim of enhancing the role of the law in addressing energy and climate change objectives.
This course examines the legal framework applying to renewable energy sources, not in isolation but in dynamic interrelationship with policies toward conventional fossil sources of energy.
Energy law is evolving in order to address the challenge of climate change. The importance of effective law and policy to encourage cleaner energy development has been underlined both by the most recent scientific warnings about the need to implement timely responses to global warming.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify and analyse the key concepts, principles and issues relating to development of sustainable energy including solar thermal, solar PV, wind, urban wind, ocean, biomass, and biogas;
- Explain and evaluate the regulatory framework for various types of renewable energy sources in Australia;
- Analyse the law within comparative and inter-disciplinary frameworks including resource and regulatory economics;
- Apply specific regulatory regimes and the broader framework of environmental and planning law to energy projects; and
- Research, critically examine and communicate in writing about a problem or specific aspect of sustainable energy law.
- Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- 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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