University of Technology Sydney

78107 Climate Law and Carbon Markets

Requisite(s): ((22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C07122 Graduate Diploma Legal Studies OR 22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04264 Master of Legal Studies)) OR ((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) AND 70106c Principles of Public International Law AND 70107c Principles of Company Law) OR (70106 Principles of Public International Law AND 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04320 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice)
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Anti-requisite(s): 78106 Climate Law and Carbon Markets


This subject examines climate change: one of the most pressing environmental problems of our era. It is a major business issue that is affecting law, policy and corporate behaviour. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said that to avoid irreversible harm to the planet, we must stabilise greenhouse gas emissions. This will involve a significant and rapid reduction in 'business as usual' behaviours and require unprecedented cooperation at the international level with innovative national responses. This subject examines the potential role of the international and policy communities as well as the legal and business communities in confronting climate law. It analyses the existing and emerging legal rules and frameworks, both internationally and in Australia, alongside the impacts of these on business and the response from industry. Students critically evaluate the incentives for firms to comply and over-comply with environmental laws and participate in voluntary programs, as well as the role of business in adaptation measures and climate justice issues. This subject is taught using intensive seminars to enable students to immerse themselves in this exciting field of legal research and provides students with an early overview of the law and issues in the field, followed by time for in-depth research. In class learning builds on individual preparation, with class discussions and student co-facilitation forming the basis of each seminar session. Students practice their oral communication skills in collaboration with their peers, then take responsibility for presenting a topic and leading a discussion exploring options and solutions as a group. In addition, a major research task provides students with practice and feedback on an in-depth exploration of a topic of interest, building their research skills in this dynamic field.

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