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.
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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.
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.
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.
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