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

This course examines the rapidly emerging field of climate law utilising a thematic approach which is cross-disciplinary, comparative, and analytical. The course will provide students with a range of fundamental concepts, useful tools and insights with which to understand and critically analyse environmental law as it relates to climate change.

Participants will gain an understanding of the multitude of ways in which the law relates to and intersects with climate change. This course aims to lead students through a study of policy instruments relating to climate change and energy law in Australia, drawing examples from developments in Australian law and policy, while comparing these Australian examples to examples of developments overseas.

Energy law, which governs the ownership, use, development and control of energy resources is evolving in order to address the challenge of climate change. 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. 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. The sustainable energy component of the course surveys the rapidly evolving field of renewable and clean energy law at both domestic and international levels.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain and appraise the main options for domestic climate law, illuminating the interaction between different policy and legal instruments;
  2. Critically evaluate the outcome and reasoning in key cases and identify the considerations of policy evident within them;
  3. Apply the principles of climate law as found in relevant cases and statutes to complex problems; and
  4. Research, critically examine and communicate in writing about a problem or specific aspect of Australian climate law drawing on relevant primary and secondary materials.

Indicative Assessment

  1. A law reform briefing paper (3,000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. A substantial research paper (3,000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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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

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.

Preliminary Reading

An e-brick will be available on the Wattle course site.


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:
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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