University of Technology Sydney

77794 International Environmental Law

Requisite(s): (70110 Introduction to Law AND (76006c Public International Law OR 70108c Public International Law OR 76110c Introduction to Public International Law)) OR 70616 Australian Constitutional Law OR (70106c Principles of Public International Law AND 70107c Principles of Company Law AND (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 142 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04363 Juris Doctor Master of Intellectual Property OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04364 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Trade Mark Law and Practice)) OR (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04320 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice AND 70106 Principles of Public International Law)
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Anti-requisite(s): 78155 International Environmental Law: Policy and Implementation AND 78156 International Environmental Law: Policy and Implementation AND 79035 Sustainability and the Law


This subject introduces students to principles of international law relating to conservation and management of the environment. The learning materials focus on key principles which underpin the

practice of international environmental law, such as the precautionary principle and sustainable development. These principles weave throughout the subject and students evaluate their effectiveness, as well as the effectiveness of international law as a governance mechanism for protecting the environment. Students undertake this evaluation in the context of major international instruments, including instruments that deal with air and atmospheric pollution, protection of the ocean and seas, marine pollution, climate change, the polar regions, the impact of war and human rights, and Indigenous perspectives.

Successful completion of the subject provides students with a foundation of knowledge of international environmental law from which they can successfully undertake more specialised subjects that deal with international environmental law, including climate change law and practice, carbon markets, the marine environment and international trade law and the environment. The subject takes a

practice-oriented approach to student learning by focusing discussion on problem questions that deal with real environmental issues on which legal professionals provide advice in professional practice.

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