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Unit Overview


This course begins with an introduction to global warming and climate change and the associated climate justice issues. It will then turn to explore the international legal framework and the domestic legal framework on climate change mitigation and adaptation. The course will also explore the human rights issues and the developing international and domestic litigation landscape. The course runs intensively across a three-day period. It consists of a series of sessions and instruction from expert speakers. The course will include discussion and group exercises.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) identify global warming and impacts of climate change, and associated climate justice issues; (2) understand Australia's greenhouse gas reporting and climate change framework legislation, and Australian Carbon Credit Unit Scheme; (3) understand the international legal framework governing action on climate change; (4) understand environmental impact assessments in the context of GHG emissions; (5) analyse the evolving landscape of domestic and transnational climate change litigation; and (6) understand the interaction between climate change and human rights.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) student presentations; (2) research essay; and (3) participation in class. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Adham Abdulla
Unit rules
For Master of Public Policy and Graduate Certificate of Public Policy, the unit LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions is recommended as a pre-requisite for students who do not have a legal background.
Contact hours
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 17-19 July 2024. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.