LAWS5540 Environmental Protection Law

Credit
6 points
Offering

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
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Multi-mode Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.
Content
This unit examines key concepts in environmental protection law in Western Australia, in its national and international contexts. It focuses on the law relating to pollution control and environmental impact assessment. The unit analyses a range of legal techniques and principles applied to environmental protection through six key themes: (1) the key definitions, institutions and objectives, (2) policy and information instruments, (3) controls on particular activities, (4) environmental impact assessment, (5) criminal liabilities, and (6) civil liabilities.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe the key concepts of 'environment', 'environmental harm', 'pollution' and ‘ecologically sustainable development'; (2) explain the institutional structures of environmental governance; (3) apply the principal legal techniques of regulating environmental harm and pollution; (4) critically analyse the ethical and legal issues that arise in environmental protection law and in environmental decision-making in the public and private sectors; (5) demonstrate effective legal research and communication skills; and (6) collaborate in developing and communicating legal understanding through listening, negotiating and advocacy.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) pre-class short podcast; (2) pre-class case note; and (3) post-class research Paper. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Alex Gardner
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
For Master of Public Policy and Graduate Certificate in Public Policy students: LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions
Contact hours
This unit will run online with pre-reading from 27th April. Interactive classes will be held in the final week of May (25-29). Refer to the LMS page for further information,
Text

A reader designed for the unit will be available through the Learning Management System.  In addition,

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cwlth)

National Environment Protection Council Act 1994 (Cwlth)

Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA)

Environmental Protection Regulations 1987 (WA)

Recommended
reading

Bates, G. Environmental Law in Australia, 10th edn: LexisNexis Butterworths 2019

 

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