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Unit Overview


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.

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

Students are able to (1) describe and evaluate 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 and formulate proposals for reform; (3) critically analyse and appraise contemporary international environmental law issues and current legal developments; (4) construct and justify logical and convincing arguments, orally and in writing, about the application and effectiveness of international environmental law; and (5) make creative and evidence-based recommendations for law reform, and/or further legal research needed, to address global environmental challenges.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class participation; (2) short answer paper 2000words; and (3) research paper 4800words. 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)
Professor Erika Techera
Unit rules
Enrolment in
20810 Doctor of Juridical Science
LAWS5114 International Environmental Law
Contact hours
Students must attend both online workshop 16th Jan and on campus workshops 30th, 31st Jan and 1st Feb 2023.
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