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LAWS77-219: International Emissions Trading Law


International Emissions Trading Law is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject focuses on the law and practice in markets for trading of emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG). The subject examines the international framework and policy for climate change mitigation, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Kyoto Protocol, the Paris Agreement, and international emissions trading. The subject studies the policy, legal rules and legal issues in domestic frameworks for regulation of GHG emissions. Emissions trading between nations and in Europe, USA, China, New Zealand, Australia and other countries is examined in detail. The subject also covers Australia's Emissions Reduction Fund and explores linkages with complementary measures such as renewable energy, energy efficiency and offset schemes.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • January 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,860

Learning outcomes

1. Understand how greenhouse gas emissions reporting and trading schemes are structured and work in practice. 2. Understand the relevant regulatory regimes encouraging a cleaner environment.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Juris Doctor students are expected to have completed a minimum of 80 credit points of compulsory law subjects.

Restrictions: ?

Must be admitted into a Masters Law degree OR LA-43040 Doctor of Legal Science (Research) OR be an approved Law Study Abroad or Law Exchange student.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject dates

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