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LAWS13-549: Environmental Law


Environmental Law is an elective subject in undergraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. Students enrolled in this subject will learn about local, State and Commonwealth laws that regulate activities with potential impacts on the environment. Students will workshop the statutory process for securing approvals for those activities. Students will also learn about the avenues for challenging decisions and about the mechanisms for enforcing environmental obligations. Study of the law will be complemented by examination of the ethical, scientific, economic, political and social contexts of environmental policy. Upon completion of the subject, students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of environmental law and their ability to engage in legal reasoning by discussing and solving complex legal problems.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,950
  • Commencing in 2023: $4,050

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts and themes in environmental law and an appreciation of the ethical, scientific, economic, political and social contexts of environmental law and policy. 2. Appreciate the contribution and limitations of the common law and the influence of property rights in environmental protection. 3. Demonstrate an understanding of the division of power and responsibilities for environmental matters between Commonwealth, State and local governments, and an appreciation of key international environmental issues. 4. Appreciate the range of regulatory, voluntary and incentive based mechanisms for managing environmental harm and activities impacting on the environment. 5. Demonstrate an understanding of the statutory processes for securing environmental approvals for projects. 6. Demonstrate an understanding of the avenues for challenging environmental decision-making, and administrative, civil and criminal mechanisms in enforcing environmental obligations.

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.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Restrictions: ?

Students must be admitted into a Bachelor law degree or Bachelor of Laws combined degree 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 outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens17/07/2022
Semester start12/09/2022
Subject start12/09/2022
Cancellation 1?26/09/2022
Cancellation 2?03/10/2022
Last enrolment25/09/2022
Withdraw – Financial?08/10/2022
Withdraw – Academic?29/10/2022
Teaching census?07/10/2022