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

There is growing national and international attention being given to regulatory strategies for the ownership, conservation and management of increasingly scarce, valuable and contested natural resources.

In the Australian natural resource context this gives rise to familiar challenges for resource sectors associated with land and coastal resources including forestry, mining and fisheries. But there are also specific environmental pressures relevant to the Australian continent in relation to: the use of land resources (under pressure from both the mining sector and agricultural vegetation clearance); the management and protection of increasingly scarce subterranean and surface waters; and, also the protection of Australia’s wealth of biodiversity (both terrestrial and marine).

While the historical management of local resources has involved the Australian states/territories there is also significant Federal involvement in the regulation and management of resources associated with land and the marine environment (including heritage and reserves), fresh-water management (for example within the Murray-Darling Basin river system), wildlife trade, biodiversity (including the Great Barrier Reef and forestry) and other resources.

This complex array of inter-connected contexts provides a wealth of case studies and examples through which to use a thematic approach to examine local, national and global strategies for natural resource regulation and property rights.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Assess and critically evaluate historical and contemporary theory, policy and legal institutions relevant to land, water and biodiversity ownership, exploitation and conservation including the role of the Federal (national) and/or state/territory governments;
  2. Compare, contrast, and critically evaluate the property rights regimes and legal doctrines relevant to land, water and biodiversity resource sectors across different contexts and jurisdictions;
  3. Critically investigate scholarly and theoretical material from multiple disciplines about property rights and sustainable use of land, water and biodiversity resources in an Australian or global context;
  4. Appraise the nature of property rights regimes for the conservation of land, water and biodiversity resources; and
  5. Independently research, critically examine and communicate about specific comparative aspects or problems of resource regulation in the land, water and biodiversity sectors in either a global or national context.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Preliminary essay (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Research essay (80) [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 three 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 (MLLM) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; or Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; or Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses. 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 code.

Prescribed Texts

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the course. Alternatively, this information will be published in the Program course list when known.

Preliminary Reading

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

Assumed Knowledge

This course assumes an understanding of environmental issues and/or environmental law principles. There is no assumed knowledge about the specific subject matter of the course.  


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4740
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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