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LAWS77-557: International Environmental Law


International Environmental Law is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. 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.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • September 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,310
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,450

Learning outcomes

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.

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: ?

Students must be 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.

Anti-requisites: ?

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/07/2021
Semester start13/09/2021
Subject start18/10/2021
Cancellation 1?23/10/2021
Cancellation 2?24/10/2021
Last enrolment21/10/2021
Withdraw – Financial?27/10/2021
Withdraw – Academic?31/10/2021
Teaching census?26/10/2021
Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens17/07/2022
Semester start17/10/2022
Subject start17/10/2022
Cancellation 1?22/10/2022
Cancellation 2?23/10/2022
Last enrolment20/10/2022
Withdraw – Financial?26/10/2022
Withdraw – Academic?30/10/2022
Teaching census?25/10/2022