• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Resource Management and Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Law

There is growing public awareness and concern about the increased risk to the natural environment due to a range of human-induced and natural environmental disasters. Current forms of environmental regulation and ecosystem management have largely failed to effectively protect the natural environment and to secure a future for the human population. Utilising interdisciplinary and regulatory theories, and comparative analysis of different regulatory contexts, this course will consider all aspects of the 'life cycle 'of environmental risk regulation. Commencing with identification of potential harms and the effective design of preventative and precautionary regulatory regimes, this will be followed by evaluation of the law relevant to administrative governance including adaptation to conditions of change and climate variability, and finally recovery and restoration of the environment following governance failures and natural disasters (including potential legal remedies).

A broad range of risk contexts and regimes will be relevant, such as:

  • ecological and other risks due to land use planning, impact assessment and development consent regimes
  • methodologies for risk assessment regimes (including chemicals and pharmaceuticals, quarantine/invasive species, GMOs, nanotechnology)
  • effective policies to control greenhouse gases and other recognised pollutants
  • legislation for the remediation of contaminated sites
  • environmental and health risks for contested industries and technologies such as new bio/agricultural industries and an emergent nuclear industry in Australia, and
  • regulatory regimes specific to emergency and disaster management of droughts, fires and floods.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Select and defend a choice or choices of regulatory regimes to address systemic and complex environmental risks and disaster responses.
  2. Synthesise and apply relevant principles of law to environmental risk governance and to disaster recovery and remediation.
  3. Research and incorporate interdisciplinary approaches to law when addressing environmental risks and environmental harms.
  4. Compare, contrast and critique regulatory approaches in a variety of risk and disaster response contexts.

Indicative Assessment

  1. The proposed means of assessment for this course will provide students with at least two pieces of assessment, including one piece during the teaching period. More information about the means of assessment, including the relationship between the assessment and the learning outcomes of the course, will be available in the class summary and on the course WATTLE page. (100) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

  • 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 (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), 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 two weeks prior to the commencement of the course. 

Fees

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:
34
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.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4980
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3739 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 Online N/A

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