International Environmental Law and Policy (5237LAW)

This course introduces students to the international law of the environment. It takes a thematic approach by using selected regimes to highlight current trends in the development of international environmental law. This thematic approach also facilitates an exploration of the political and economic factors that influence the development of legal instruments designed to tackle pressing global environmental problems. The course will cover fundamentals such as the history and sources of international environmental law, and the tension between international environmental regulation and state sovereignty. It also examines specific regimes and institutions to illustrate the complex and dynamic nature of the discipline. Issues to be covered will include climate change, biological diversity, and the marine environment. Key institutions such as the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Bank will also be examined. This course will be taught using interactive discussion between teacher and students. Students should not expect a traditional lecture in which students remain passive. Students may be called upon to help inform and guide the class discussion and consideration of issues raised by the reading material. Prerequisite Bachelor of Laws students: 1031LAW Foundations of Law OR 1011LAW Law and the Modern State. Prerequisites Juris Doctor students: Nil. Incompatible: 7606LAW International Environmental Law.

Course study information

Credit points (awarded)

10 (10)

Study level


Student contribution band

Band 3

Usually available

Gold Coast Trimester 1Nathan Trimester 1South Bank Trimester 1

Course offerings and timetables


Key dates

Course start date
25 February 2019
Last day to add a course
10 March 2019
Last day to drop a course without financial penalty (Census date)
24 March 2019
Last day to drop a course without academic penalty
28 April 2019

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Class Availability When Where Notes
You must attend this Lecture
Lecture (11295) Open Thursday 08:00 - 09:50
Weeks 1 - 7, 8 - 12
G06 2.05
Academic 2
Gold Coast Campus