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LAWS17-557: International Environmental Law September 2017 [Intensive]

General information

International Environmental 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 considers the history and current role of International Environmental Law and the evolving development of customary international law principles in relation to the environment. It examines the major Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) developed over the last 40 years. The focus of this subject is on the international legal dimension. We will explore topical issues such as the Paris Agreement on climate change, human rights and environmental displacement, and the exploitation of Antarctic and Arctic regions.

Topics covered include: development of International Environmental Law, customary international principles; climate change; ozone depletion; hazardous wastes and persistent organic pollutants; whaling and trade in endangered species; biological diversity; the Antarctic Treaty System; trade, human rights, security and the environment; space debris; and nuclear energy.


Academic unit:Faculty of Law
Subject code:LAWS17-557
Subject title:International Environmental Law
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:September 2017
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x1 (Total hours: 2) - Seminar 1 (Week 2)
  • Seminar: x1 (Total hours: 4) - Seminar 2 (Week 2)
  • Seminar: x1 (Total hours: 4) - Seminar 3 (Week 4)
  • Seminar: x1 (Total hours: 8) - Seminar 4 (Week 4)
  • Seminar: x1 (Total hours: 3) - Seminar 5 (Week 4)
  • Seminar: x1 (Total hours: 4) - Seminar 6 (Week 4)
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 96) - Recommended Study Hours
Attendance and learning activities: Attendance is compulsory for all sessions. Most sessions build on the work on the previous one and involve class presentations. It is difficult to recover if you miss a session. Attendance in class will be monitored, and could impact the final mark in this subject.


Prescribed resources:
  • Philippe Sands and Jacqueline Peel (2012). Principles of International Environmental Law. 3rd, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press , 926.
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?

Pre-requisites: ?

  • LA-43048 Master of Legal Administration

Co-requisites: ?

There are no co-requisites.

Restrictions: ?

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

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of: a) International environment law, and how that law applies to factual scenarios; b) Tensions in the international arena between national sovereignty, trading relations, economic development and human rights, and international environment law; and c) legal research principles and methods for international treaties.
  2. Demonstrate the reasoning, research and communication skills to: a) Represent a State or NGO or other party in an international environment conflict; and b) Present a topic and lead discussion on current issues in international environmental law.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to apply the above knowledge and skills: a) with creativity and initiative to new situations; b) with high-level personal autonomy and accountability; and c) to plan and execute substantial research based projects.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Research Paper n/a 30% To Be Negotiated 1, 2, 3.
General Skills Test Negotiation Exercise 20% To Be Negotiated 1, 2, 3.
Oral Presentation Oral Presentation 15% To Be Negotiated 1, 2, 3.
Take-home Examination Take-Home Examination 35% Non-Standard Examination Period 1, 2, 3.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Development of international environmental law Sources of and customary international law pertaining to the environment


Class assessment of negotiation exercises

1, 2.

Shipping pollution Trans-boundary pollution Ozone depletion

1, 3.

Climate change Hazardous wastes Persistent organic pollutants

1, 3.

Antarctic Arctic

1, 3.

Trade in endangered species Whaling

1, 3.

Trade and the environment Environmental displacement Environmental security Nuclear energy

1, 3.

Current and emerging problems Space debris

1, 3.
Approved on: Jul 14, 2017. Edition: 1.1