• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • James Prest
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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This course provides an overview of the rapidly developing field of domestic and international climate law. It examines the current state of the law. It also offers opportunities to critically discuss the legal and policy issues linked with the future course of climate law, both domestically and internationally. Although the emphasis is on domestic Australian climate law, the course will provide opportunities for comparative analysis of the emerging law within other jurisdictions including EU and EU member states, USA, Canada, NZ and Japan.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. By the conclusion of this course, students who have successfully completed all of the requirements will have the knowledge and skills to:
  2. - explain, distinguish and apply the fundamental terms and principles of climate law and policy in both the domestic and international contexts;
  3. - Explain and analyse the interaction between different policy and legal instruments within Australian domestic climate law;
  4. - Identify and use a range of legally specific research principles, methods and tools appropriate to respond to a factually complex climate law problem;
  5. - Select and apply a range of approaches to written and oral communication, and apply the critical thinking required to bring about solutions to complex legal problems in the area of climate law;
  6. - Plan and conduct a legal research project with intellectual independence; and
  7. - Identify, understand and use domestic and international primary resources and legal databases to locate case law, statutes and, if applicable, scholarly journal articles.

Other Information

LAWS4215 Environmental Law and LAWS4274 Climate Law are complementary. Students are encouraged to complete Environmental Law prior to Climate Law, however, this is not essential. 


Classes may be offered in non-standard sessions and be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (a minimum of 36 hours). Please refer to the LLB timetable for dates. Please contact the ANU College of Law Student Administration Services to request a permission code to enrol in classes offered in non-standard sessions.

Indicative Assessment

  1. A mid-semester research note on a key statute or case, key document or report (null) [LO null]
  2. Mid semester short answer test (null) [LO null]
  3. Research essay (on a topic of the student's choice) (null) [LO null]
  4. Seminar presentation (10 minutes), course attendance and participation (null) [LO null]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week (a minimum of 36 hours). Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Bachelor of Laws (ALLB, BLLBA) and have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses; OR Juris Doctor (MJD), and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LAWS8474 Climate Law.

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.

Fees

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:
3
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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
4279 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 Online N/A

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