Natural Resources Law - LAWS8069

Faculty: Faculty of Law

School: Faculty of Law

Course Outline: See below

Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: Academic Program must be either 9200 or 9210 or 5740 or 9220 or 5750 or 8623 or 5499 or 7339 or 9212 or 5212

Excluded: JURD7369

CSS Contribution Charge: 3 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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Natural resources law (NRL) is an elective subject for law that is offered at the Post Graduate level but which is also available as part of the JD. It will normally be taken after completion of a course on environmental law. It fits within the Environmental Law stream of the LLM.

NRL is concerned with the government’s authority to make decisions relating to the planning and management of the use of natural resources. The legal system should support effective natural resources management; however, this raises distinct policy problems and requires a diverse range of implementation approaches. The policy issues cross boundaries both horizontally (between government departments) and vertically (between levels of government), posing significant challenges for a federal system.

The course will explore a number of cross-cutting themes such as ecologically sustainable development and integrated planning and management that influence current debate in relation to NRL and will cover the following topics:

LLM Specialisations

Corporate and Commercial Law.
Environmental Law.

Main Topics
  • Introduction to issues and concepts in natural resources law
  • Natural resources law at the national level
  • State land use planning law and intersections with natural resources law
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Water law
  • Managing soils and land use conflict
  • Native vegetation law and forestry management
More information can be found on the Course Outline Website.

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