Environmental Law

Course code LAWS5010
Not available in 2015

Description

This course examines key pieces of New South Wales Legislation, Commonwealth legislation and common law principles relating to degradation, protection and use of the natural environment. The course also examines the role of international law in responding to international environmental degradation and its influence upon domestic law and policy.

Availability

Not currently available.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2014.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain and apply key pieces of Australian domestic legislation relevant to degradation, protection and use of the natural environment.

2. Explain and apply key Australian common law principles relevant to degradation, protection and use of the natural environment.

3. Explain and apply key international law treaties and principles relevant to degradation, protection and use of the natural environment.

4. Critically analyse and evaluate key aspects of environmental law and policy.

Content

The following topics will be covered in this course:

  1. Australian government regulation of the environment
  2. Common law and property rights in environmental regulation
  3. Environmental assessment and approval in NSW
  4. Environmental assessment and approval by the Commonwealth
  5. Pollution regulation
  6. Sustainable development in Environmental Law and Policy
  7. Ozone depletion
  8. Climate change
  9. Biodiversity loss
  10. Environmental justice

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.

Assumed Knowledge

LAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1002A, LAWS1002B, LAWS2003A, LAWS2003B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B, LAWS3005, LAWS4002

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Assignment

Participation: Class Participation

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term