LAWS5114 International Environmental Law

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
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) the international law-making process, institutions and actors, the principles of international environmental law, compliance, enforcement, liability issues, and dispute resolution; (2) specific environmental law regimes including air and atmosphere, biodiversity and wildlife, habitat protections, marine environmental law, and chemicals, pollution and waste management; (3) an analysis of cross-cutting and emerging issues.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe the international environmental law principles, the institutions and actors involved, and the key legal treaty regimes; (2) apply the range of international environmental laws covered in this unit to specific problem-based scenarios; (3) critically analyse contemporary international environmental law issues and current legal developments; (4) develop logical and convincing arguments, orally and in writing, about the application and effectiveness of international environmental law; and (5) make creative recommendations for law reform, and/or further legal research needed, to address global environmental challenges.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class participation; (2) short answer paper; 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 Coordinator(s)
Professor Erika Techera
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor (JD) studentsLAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
Contact hours
Students must attend 4 full days, Wednesday 27th - Saturday 30th January 2021
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