The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


5000 level

Course handbook


This course will provide students with advanced knowledge of international environmental law and the major theoretical and policy debates within the field. The course will examine the core principles and rules of international environmental law and institutions it has spawned. The course will also adopt an interdisciplinary lens by drawing on material from Environmental Economics and International Relations to complement international law analysis on international environmental problems. The course will provide students with advanced and specialized knowledge on the formation, operation and effectiveness of international legal regimes designed to address global, regional and trans-boundary environmental problems and resource management issues. The course will examine in certain specialized case studies international environmental law, including: Transboundary Pollution, International Fisheries, Ocean Pollution, Ozone Depletion, Climate Change and Desertification.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of the key principles and rules on international environmental law;

2. Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of key international environmental regimes relating to transboundary pollution, international fisheries, ocean pollution, ozone depletion, climate change and desertification;

3. Evaluate and critically analyse key theoretical debates on the formation and operation of international environmental law regimes;

4. Apply knowledge obtained in the course to negotiate and design part of an international environmental agreement.


The topics in this course include the following:

  1. Formation and Development of the International Law System
  2. Actors and Institutions of the International law System
  3. Principles and Concepts of the International Environmental System
  4. Ozone Depletion
  5. Climate Change
  6. Biodiversity
  7. Deforestation


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

Participation: Class Participation

Written Assignment: Group Written Assignment

Written Assignment: Research Essay