LAWS5114 International Environmental Law

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2018UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This unit provides a comprehensive introduction to international environmental law—the legal frameworks, substantive and procedural laws and actors/institutions. The unit is divided into three parts: (1) an overview of international law from an environmental perspective (25 per cent); (2) an exploration of specific environmental law regimes (50 per cent); and (3) an analysis of cross-cutting and emerging issues (25 per cent). The first section introduces the international law-making process, institutions and actors, the principles of international environmental law, compliance, enforcement and liability issues, and dispute resolution. Particular environmental law regimes explored include air and atmosphere (trans-boundary air pollution, ozone depletion and climate change); biodiversity, wildlife and biogenetic resources; habitat protection; freshwater; law of the sea, fisheries and marine environmental law; chemicals, pollution and waste management. Cross-cutting issues include sustainable development; trade and environment; human and collective indigenous rights in relation to the environment; culture and heritage; and globalisation.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) (a) demonstrate a thorough understanding of the basic principles of international environmental law and how they may be used to achieve international environmental goals; (b) display sound knowledge of the key institutions and actors involved in international environmental law; (c) demonstrate a detailed understanding of the range and scope of international environmental law in key areas relating to biodiversity and wildlife, air and atmosphere, freshwater and marine environmental law, chemicals, waste and pollution, habitats and ecosystem management; and (d) make some assessment of where international environmental law can be expected to develop in the future having regard to the objectives of sustainable development; (2) (a) construct and evaluate arguments, orally and in writing, about the effectiveness of international environmental law; (b) research and analyse international legal issues and problem situations; (c) formulate and present appropriate oral and written arguments; and (d) critically analyse and make recommendations for law reform and/or further research needed to address global environmental issues; and (3) (a) demonstrate an enquiring, critical and creative approach to established international environmental law; and (b) demonstrate an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of international environmental law and its interconnectedness with the physical and social sciences, policy, politics and economics and the place of international environmental law in relation to other legal issues surrounding human and Indigenous rights, trade, development and conflict.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) class particpation; (2) essay; and (3) research paper. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a Juris Doctor student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Legal Process, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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