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

This course will examine legislation, policy and case law relevant to strategic environmental land-use planning, the control of development and environmental risk assessment. The course will take a thematic and comparative approach to planning policy and law in multiple jurisdictions. The role, powers and functions of different levels of governments in planning and EIA will be examined with case studies and examples used to illustrate current environmental land-use planning problems.

The course content falls into three broad inter-related topics: land-use planning policy and context, strategic planning and development control.

Embedded within each of these topics will be an examination of theories of environmental decision-making including the use of expertise and science in environmental decision-making; treatment of uncertainty and ‘regulatory science’ in risk regulatory contexts; standards of preventive and precautionary regulation; and, relevant case law on standards of science relevant to domestic and international risk regulation contexts.

Also within each topic the role of the community, proponents, federal and state governments, the courts and tribunals in environmental land-use planning outcomes will be examined. The course will provide the opportunity for students to further develop research skills, to engage with others in an online learning environment and to improve their analytical and written communication skills.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain and critically evaluate historical and contemporary theory, policy and legal institutions relevant to developing principles of environmental land-use planning law in Australia.
  2. Compare, contrast and reflect on strategic planning for environmental land-use in Australia.
  3. Examine, interpret and evaluate the procedures and legal doctrines relevant to controlling development in Australia.
  4. Collaborate online to compile and recommend research resources relevant to an understanding of and in-depth researching in environmental land-use planning law in Australia.
  5. Research, critically examine and communicate in writing about a problem or specific aspect of land-use planning law in Australia.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Three Discussion Forums (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Collaborative research activity (Wiki) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Research Essay (4,000-4,500 words) (60) [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

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.

Assumed Knowledge

This course assumes an understanding of environmental law principles. The course does not assume specific town planning or environmental assessment knowledge.


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $4860
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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