Master of Environmental Law

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Overview

The Master of Environmental Law at the University of Newcastle is designed to equip legal and non-legal professionals with a deeper knowledge of Environmental Law, through a unique, professionally–focused and interdisciplinary program.

Learn from experts from a range of disciplines

Throughout the Master of Environmental Law program you will learn from distinguished and experienced academics from Australia and overseas in the areas of Law, Environmental and Life Sciences, Business and Architecture and Built Environment.

United Nations Certification

The Master of Environmental Law is the only legal postgraduate program in Australia that offers students the opportunity of obtaining certification by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and/or the United Nations Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

In order to obtain co-certification, students must complete specific courses on Government Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development and the UN 2030 Development Agenda. Please contact the Program Convener for further information on this opportunity.

Flexible Program Structure

The Master of Environmental Law is tailored to accommodate the needs of full-time and part-time students, offering a combination of intensive and online courses.
 
Intensive courses are offered during the compressed summer and winter terms, as well as over trimester and semester terms. Our small classes provide an optimal learning environment and promotes opportunities for interaction with peers and networking.
 
Directed online courses are offered in regular trimester or semester periods, allowing students who are undertaking full-time employment concurrently with their studies the flexibility to complete the course requirements at a time and place that is convenient for them.

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Study in NeW Space

Courses within the Master of Environmental Law are taught at NeW Space, a $95 million landmark education precinct. This unique building is an advanced learning space that supports collaboration and idea sharing in the heart of Newcastle.

International Study Experience or Legal Externship

Eligible students will have the opportunity to broaden their cross-cultural legal knowledge through participation in organised out of country activity, including international study experiences and international legal externships. For further information regarding the Newcastle International Study Experience and the Newcastle International Clinical Legal Externship please contact the Program Convener.

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Summer 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Winter Term
Tuition Fees
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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

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Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

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Program Code

40141

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What Will You Study

The Master of Environmental Law comprises of 8 courses (80 units) which includes 3 core courses (30 units) and 5 directed courses (50 units). Students may choose courses that they are interested in from a range of areas including:

  • Environmental Law
  • Law and Economics of Climate Change
  • International Environmental Law and Policy
  • Sustainable Development and the United Nations 2030 Development Agenda
  • Environmental/Natural Resources Law Clinic
  • Property Law and Planning Legislation
  • Human Rights and Climate Change-Induced Human Displacement
  • Corporate Power and Corporate Accountability: Pathways to Socially Responsible Business
  • Disaster Management Policy/Social Considerations
  • Government and Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Disaster Management Economic
  • Environmental Management
  • Sustainability and Ecosystem Health
  • Implementing Resilience and Addressing Complexity
  • Applied Natural Resources Management
  • Contemporary Issues in Water Management
  • Business & the Natural Environment
  • Co-operative Organisation and Management
  • Social Enterprises and Co-operative Innovation
  • International Air and Space Law
  • Mining Law
  • International Study Experience
  • International Clinical Legal Externship
  • Advanced Legal Research Project
  • International Arbitration Mediation Skills and Theory
  • Advanced Communication Skills
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Expert Evidence
  • Conciliation
  • Co-operative Law and Governance

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the Master of Environmental Law you will be able to use your specialised knowledge to advance your career and work in various areas including:

  • Environmental and resources sectors
  • Public policy
  • Government sector
  • Non-government sector
  • Private sector, e.g. sustainability consulting
  • Legal practice or advice (for legal professionals only)
  • In-house counsel (for legal professionals only)

A Master of Environmental Law does not qualify you to be admitted to practice law in Australia. In case you are interested in practicing law in Australia, our Juris Doctor (JD) and the embedded Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) is designed to equip you with knowledge, clinical experience and the qualifications for admission to legal practice in Australia. JD graduates can apply for entry into the legal profession as solicitors without any further study.

Our Academics

Dr-Elena-Aydos

Dr Elena Aydos

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney and Tilburg University (cotutelle)
  • Master of Philosophy, Federal University of Santa Catarina – Brazil
  • LLM in Finance Law, Economic Law & Taxation Law, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul - Brazil
  • LLM in Public Law, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul - Brazil

Program convener Dr Elena Aydos has a genuine passion for Law, research and teaching, and her pursuit of an academic career was a natural choice. At the Newcastle Law School, Elena teaches a number of courses, including Environmental Law, Law and Economics of Climate Change, Administrative Law, Taxation Law and Competition Law and Policy. These legal disciplines are inherently interdisciplinary and support the learning of law in connection with other areas, such as economics, public policy and social sciences.

Elena's lectures are engaging and innovative, focusing on 'law and economics' and different aspects of policy development and implementation in the areas of Taxation, Environment and Climate Change, and Competition Law. Whilst in Brazil, Elena also taught Taxation Law and Climate Change Law and supervised a number of Honours dissertations in the area of Taxation Law.

For more information please visit Elena's profile.

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID. You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency.

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Courses and Details

Program Code 40141
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Newcastle (City Precinct)
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

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Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Face to Face

Description

The Master of Environmental Law is a professionally-focussed and interdisciplinary program that will expose students to new perspectives and deep analyses of environmental law issues, ensuring high quality teaching and learning experiences for students.Graduates of this program will be equipped with advanced knowledge and skills, positioning them to engage in further education, research and professional development in Australia and across the world.

Admission Requirements

Entry into the Master of Environmental Law Program (80 units) will be available to applications who have:

  • an AQF Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree in a related field such as law, environmental science, environmental resource management, environmental planning, architecture, engineering and surveying, or human and physical geography; or
  • an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a related field such as law, environmental science, environmental resource management, environmental planning, architecture, engineering and surveying, or human and physical geography; or
  • an AQF level 7 Bachelor Degree in a related field law, environmental science, environmental resource management, environmental planning, architecture, engineering and surveying, or human and physical geography, and have at least one year relevant work experience; or
  • an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree in not in a related field and have at least two years’ relevant work experience; or
  • at least seven years relevant work experiences, of which two years should have been in a management position in law, environmental science, environmental resource management, environmental planning, architecture, engineering and surveying, or human and physical geograph, for instance as: a project manager within an environmental discipline; a professional with experience in mentoring, training or supervising the quality of professional work; or as a manager or consultant working in a field related to the environment.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Requirements and Structure

The Master of Envirnmental Law is an AQF 9 program. Students must complete 80 units of courses comprising the following:

  • 10 units of core courses
  • 20 units of directed core courses
  • 50 units of directed courses including at least one course from Group A and one course from Group B. The remaining 30 units may be chosen from either Group A or Group B.

Course Information

Core Course: Students must complete the core course.

Code Name Availability Units
LAWS6020 Environmental Law Not currently offered 10 units

Core Directed Courses: Students must complete 20 units from the list of core directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
ARBE6609 Sustainable Development and the 2030 Development Agenda Trimester 3 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
LAWS6037 International Environment Law and Policy Winter - 2018 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6038 Law and Economics of Climate Change Not currently offered 10 units

Directed Courses Group A: Students must choose at least one course from Group A and one course from Group B. The remaining 30 units of directed courses can be chosen from Group A or Group B.

Code Name Availability Units
LAWS6025 Environmental/Natural Resources Law Clinic Semester 1 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6043 Advanced Legal Research Project Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6046 International Air and Space Law Winter - 2018 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6050 Commercial Dispute Resolution Semester 2 - 2017 (City Precinct) 10 units
LAWS6103 International Arbitration Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6104 Human Rights and Climate Change-Induced Human Displacement Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6105 Expert Evidence Not currently offered 10 units
LAWS6109 Conciliation Not currently offered 10 units
LEGL6005 Co-operative Law and Governance Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units

Directed Courses Group B: Students must choose at least one course from Group A and one course from Group B. The remaining 30 units of directed courses can be chosen from Group A or Group B.

Code Name Availability Units
ARBE6605 Policy and Social Considerations in Disaster Management Trimester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
ARBE6606 Disaster Management Economics Trimester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
ARBE6607 Government Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENVS6500 Business and the Natural Environment Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6525 Sustainability and Ecosystem Health Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6530 Environmental Management Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6535 Implementing Environmental Resilience and Addressing Complexity Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6555 Applied Natural Resource Management Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
ENVS6560 Contemporary Issues in Water Management Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
GSBS6411 Introduction to Co-operative Organisation and Management: the Co-operative Advantage Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units
GSBS6412 Social Enterprises and Co-operative Innovation Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Learning Outcomes

  • expert and specialised cognitive, technical and communication skills through: a. addressing research questions by identifying, synthesising and applying appropriate knowledge and evidence from diverse sources; b. applying tools, methods, skills and theoretical knowledge for environment, sustainability and environmental law practice; c. working both independently and collaboratively ; d. communicating with diverse groups in various contexts using a range of written, oral and visual means;
  • Skills to work effectively (a) independently or (b) in collaboration, to apply specialised knowledge and expert judgment to tasks impacting and affected by environmental law
  • Critical thinking and analytical problem-solving skills to justify sound solutions in areas impacting and affected by environmental law
  • Advanced and integrated knowledge of: a. theories, models and concepts relevant to environmental law and policy and climate change law and policy and be proficient in their application b. interdependencies between human societies and environments, and sustainability c. key environmental and sustainability challenges and their drivers d. holistic systems thinking and complexity
  • Professional proficiency in the utilization of information and technology in contexts relating to environmental law
  • a high level of personal autonomy and accountability in ethical professional, public and personal conduct by having capacity to: a. reflect on and direct their own learning and practice in the context of environment and sustainability b. participate constructively in decision-making consistent with principles of sustainable development c. Apply decision-making skills that incorporate ethical, social and global issues
  • Knowledge of relevant theories, principles and methodologies to research in environmental law

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University’s credit website and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages unless they can complete both their principal program and the Diploma in Languages within the duration of their CoE. For more information please contact the Student Advice team.

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