Environmental/Natural Resources Law Clinic
In this course students carry out work on current or potential environmental and natural resources law cases in or proposed for the Land & Environment Court of NSW, supervised by an experience environmental law Clinical Teacher/Solicitor at UNLC. This practical work is scaffolded by an intensive series of online lectures on NSW natural resources and environmental law, judicial review and civil enforcement techniques, and in-class exercises, discussions and field trips. From engagement in environmental advocacy and targeted course content, students will learn about the reasons why the law seeks to protect the environment, its techniques and methods, and its potential and limits in doing so. Students will gain hands on knowledge preparing them for practicing and policy-making in the environmental and natural resources law field, as well as an opportunity to reflect on these practices.
As this course may involve current clients at the UNLC, participants will be required to sign the confidentiality agreement attached at the end of this Course Outline.
|Faculty||Faculty of Business and Law|
|School||Newcastle Law School|
Semester 1 - 2017
(Newcastle City Precinct)
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
Students will be engaged in the supervised preparation and carriage of public interest cases or projects. This may include the drafting of court documents, analysing documents and reports, reviewing government and scientific documents and court documents including experts’ reports and other relevant material.
Seminar (and potential casework) topics in this course include:
1. Development law: Part 4 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 (NSW), including mining and threatened species protection; the role of Councils and the Planning Assessment Commission; Environment Protection Licences under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (NSW).
2. Brief introduction to judicial review.
3. Practice and Procedure in the Land & Environment Court of NSW, including a visit to and observation of the Court;
4. International environmental protection: the Montara oil spill case.
|Assumed Knowledge||LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B, LAWS6005.|
Newcastle City Precinct
Face to Face On Campus
per Week for
|Timetable||2017 Course Timetables for LAWS6025|