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This course will provide students with an overview of the development of international environmental law throughout the twentieth century as well as the major theoretical and policy debates that surround it. Attention will primarily be devoted to the international legal responses to global and regional environmental and resource management issues. Basic principles will be discussed prior to taking a sectoral approach in looking at the application of international environmental law in certain specific issue areas. The course does not have an Australian focus. Rather, focus will be international legal and policy responses adopted to deal with environmental problems in an international and transboundary context.

Main Topics:

  • International Environmental Governance
  • States and non-state actors in international environmental law
  • Implementation, Enforcement and Dispute Settlement
  • International watercourses
  • The marine environment
  • Nature protection and biological diversity
  • Climate change and atmospheric pollution
  • Hazardous Substances and Waste
  • The Polar Regions
  • Liability for Environmental Damage
Faculty Faculty of Law
Study Level


Offering Terms

Term 2



Indicative contact hours


Conditions for Enrolment

Prerequisite: Academic Program must be either 9200 or 9201 or 9240 or 9211 or 9231 9281 or 5281 or 8623 or 5499 or 7339 or 9212.

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