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LAWS17-219: International Emissions Trading Law


International Emissions Trading Law is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law in which undergraduate students may be permitted to enrol. 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: $4,050

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

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Must have completed a minimum 120 Credit Points of LAWS subjects AND have a minimum average of 65% in LAWS subjects. Must be admitted into a Bachelor Law degree OR Bachelor of Laws combined degree OR be an approved Study Abroad OR Exchange Law 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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