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LAWS6713 Environmental Protection Law

Credit
6 points
Offering
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face
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
“No prior knowledge of the details of the subject matter of the unit is assumed.”
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) critically analyse 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) apply skills of professional legal judgement to evaluate contemporary environmental law problems and propose resolutions of them; and (6) demonstrate professional legal skills to communicate (both orally and in writing) legal knowledge, analysis and problem solving to legal and non-legal audiences..
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:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Contact hours
offered intensively
Text

Reading materials designed for the unit are made available through LMS.

Statutes

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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