Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course provides 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 International Relations and Political Science 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, and Biodiversity Protection.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Winter - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

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

2. Demonstrate specialised understanding and knowledge of key international environmental regimes relating to oceans and biodiversity protection, and transboundary pollution.

3. Apply knowledge obtained in the course to adjudicate IEL and design international environmental agreement.


The topics in this course include:

1.  Formation and Development of the International Law System

2.  Main Features of International Environmental Law

3.  Principles and Concepts of International Environmental Law

4.  Ocean Protection

5.  Species, Ecosystems and Biodiversity

6.  Protection of the Atmosphere

7.  Case Studies

7.1  ICJ Nuclear test – New Zealand and Australia v France

7.2  ICJ Whaling in the Antartic Australia v Japan

7.3  ITLOS Southern Bluefin Tuna Cases New Zealand v Japan, Australia v Japan

7.4  ICJ Certain Activities carried out by Nicaragua in the Border Area (Cost Rice v Nicaragua)

8. The Evolution of IEL from Environmental to Ecological (Earth) Law

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Participation: Class Participation

Written Assignment: Case Analysis

Essay: Research Essay/Paper

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 36 hour(s) per Term Full Term