Environmental Law

Description

This course will provide students with knowledge of the legal response to degradation, protection and use of the natural environment in Australia. This legal response has arisen from government policy formulation and the emergence of community values concerning the preservation, development and use of the natural environment. Special attention will be given to the role of international law in responding to international environmental degradation and its influence upon domestic law and policy. The course will then examine 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 will draw on relevant interdisciplinary material to complement legal analysis of environmental problems. Students will learn about Climate Change and will be exposed to a range of controversial debates which reflect the highly politicised nature of Australian climate law and policy. A blended learning format will enable active learning and encourage student engagement with topical issues.

Availability

Callaghan

  • Summer 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate advanced and critical understanding of the role of domestic and international law in regulating the degradation, protection and use of the natural environment in Australia.

2. Apply specialised knowledge of key pieces of environmental assessment and approval legislation at a NSW and Commonwealth level.

3. Critically reflect and evaluate the socio-political context of environmental law and policy in the Australian context.

4. Apply specialised knowledge of key elements of the international legal regimes relating to ozone depletion and climate change to critically evaluate the effectiveness of these regimes.

5. Demonstrate autonomy and expert judgment in carrying out research of specialised legal and policy issues relating to environmental regulation.

6. Prepare and present cogent arguments orally and in writing.

Content

The following topics will be covered in this course:

  1. Introduction to Environmental law and Policy.
  2. Sustainable Development in Environmental Law and Policy
  3. International Law and Ozone Depletion
  4. International Law and Climate Change
  5. Common Law Regulation of the Natural Environment
  6. Australian Government Regulation of the Natural Environment
  7. The NSW Environmental Assessment and Approval Process.
  8. The Commonwealth Environmental Assessment and Approval Process.
  9. The NSW Biodiversity Banking and Offsets Scheme (BioBanking)

Requisite

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, LAWS4002

Assessment Items

Participation: Class participation

Project: Video assignment

Presentation: Group Presentation

Formal Examination: Take Home Exam

Contact Hours

Callaghan

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks

Blended learning online learning module for one hour equivalent per week for four weeks

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 24 hour(s) per Term

This course will be offered in intensive mode.