Environmental Law

Course code LAWS5010Units 10Level 5000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Law School

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 degredation and its influence upon domestic law and policy.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesThe objectives of this course are to promote knowledge of key pieces of domestic legislation, common law and international law relevant to degradation, protection and use of the natural environment and to encourage critical approaches to current issues in environmental law and policy.
ContentThe 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
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeLAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1002A, LAWS1002B, LAWS2003A, LAWS2003B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B, LAWS3005, LAWS4002
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Group/tutorial participation and contributionhe assessment criteria for the participation mark are:

i. Regular attendance - if you have a legitimate reason to be excused from class, you should contact the course coordinator with an explanation of your absence, so that your name can be noted on the roll. Valid excuses are the same as those available under the adverse circumstances procedure and evidence may be requested by the coordinator. Students may miss one class without explanation and not be penalised. Further unexplained absences will result in a reduction in the participation mark.

ii. Evidence of preparation for class - there will be questions set for each seminar class and students will be required to prepare for to these prior to class, with reference to the set readings for each week.

iii. Participation in class discussions, including:
- Quality and relevance of questions, comments and debate
- Quality of answers to seminar questions
- Constructive responses to comments made by other class members
- Contribution to discussions within the discussion board section of Blackboard.

iv. Respect for all other class members - this includes not dominating discussion and
ensuring that all comments are polite and constructive.
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for LAWS5010