This course introduces the fundamental principles and concepts of environmental law and policy. For the purposes of the course, 'environmental law' is defined to mean that area of law concerned with managing the impact of human activities on the environment. The course will explore a number of cross-cutting themes that influence current debate within environmental law and policy about the goals of ecologically sustainable development. The course will cover areas of environmental law at the international, federal and at the local and state level in New South Wales. The course will provide students with a breadth of knowledge about environmental issues and legal responses to these pressing global challenges. It will be important for students whose future career will touch on these issues, including working as a lawyer or barrister, as a policy adviser in Government or an environmental regulatory agency, as an environmental advocate in an NGO or community legal centre or in other related areas fields.
The course will introduce a range of topics, including:
Global environmental issues and the development of international environmental law
The common law and statute as sources of environmental law
Commonwealth, State and local responsibilities
Commonwealth environmental law
Environmental assessment, enforcement and scrutiny
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