International Environment Law and Policy

10 Units

This course will provide students with advanced knowledge of international environmental law and the major theoretical and policy debates within the field. The course will examine the core principles and rules of international environmental law and institutions it has spawned. The course will also adopt an interdisciplinary lens by drawing on material from International Relations and Political Science to complement international law analysis on international environmental problems. The course will provide students with advanced and specialized knowledge on the formation, operation and effectiveness of international legal regimes designed to address global, regional and trans-boundary environmental problems and resource management issues. The course will examine in certain specialized case studies international environmental law, including: Transboundary Pollution, International Fisheries, Ocean Pollution, Ozone Depletion, Climate Change and Desertification. The course will also provide students with the opportunity to apply knowledge on the above topics through a mock negotiation exercise to design an international environmental agreement.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Law School

Not currently offered


On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced understanding and knowledge of the key principles and rules on international environmental law.
  2. Demonstrate specialised understanding and knowledge of key international environmental regimes relating to transboundary pollution, international fisheries, ocean pollution, ozone depletion, climate change and desertification.
  3. Evaluate and critically analyse key theoretical debates on the formation and operation of international environmental law regimes.
  4. Apply knowledge obtained in the course to negotiate and design part of an international environmental agreement.

The topics in this course include:

  1. Formation and Development of the International Law System
  2. Actors and Institutions of the International law System
  3. Principles and Concepts of the International Environmental System
  4. Effectiveness of International Environmental law
  5. Transboundary Air Pollution
  6. International Fisheries
  7. Ozone Depletion
  8. Climate Change
  9. Desertification
Replacing Course(s) NA
Transition NA
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Seminar
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Research Essay/Paper
  • Case Scenario/PBL exercises - International environmental treaty negotiation and design Exercise.
Contact Hours
  • Seminar: for 24 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
  • Requisite by Enrolment: This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice or the Master of Laws.
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for LAWS6037

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