This course provides an overview of topics within domestic Australian environmental protection law. Environmental Law is the complex, sometimes connected, and sometimes disparate collection of treaties, conventions, statutes, regulations, and case law which involve questions of the interactions of humans with the natural environment. More modern conceptions of environmental law see its purpose as encouraging long-term ecological sustainability, rather than merely providing rules for orderly exploitation of natural resources.
The course critically examines the institutional arrangements and legal principles that underpin the practice of environmental and planning law.The course examines environmental law from both theoretical and practical perspectives, taking a broad national and thematic approach. Whilst it places particular emphasis on the applicable Commonwealth, NSW and ACT law, the course reviews fundamental concepts, useful tools and insights with which to understand and critically analyse environmental law.
Topics covered include:
introduction defining the 'environment', 'ecologically sustainable development';
the common law and environmental protection;
environmental law in a federal system;
role of local and state governments;
statutory land-use planning and development control law;
evironmental impact assessment law;
native vegetation law;
pollution control law;
a brief introduction to climate change and energy law;
enforcement of environmental law; and
major projects law.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- evaluate key principles, legal doctrine and legal regimes relevant to Australian environmental law, and communicate this knowledge to a variety of audiences in a clear and coherent manner;
- undertake research into primary and secondary materials on an Australian environmental law problem;
- review relevant (Australian) state and/or federal environmental law and explain how the relevant law is applicable, with reference to a particular environmental law issue/problem
- analyse and critically evaluate secondary materials and commentary on Australian environmental law and policy.
- evaluate the role and implications of environmental law from a range of perspectives
- Seminar Reading Paper (null) [LO null]
- 2 x Quiz on Core Legislation (null) [LO null]
- 1 x Case Study Research Project (null) [LO null]
- Class and online participation (null) [LO null]
- A minimum attendance requirement applies in relation to both lectures and seminars (null) [LO null]
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Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week.
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.
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