Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject focuses on the interaction of law/regulation and institutions relevant to low-carbon development. It covers market-based regulatory approaches such as emissions trading and renewable portfolio standards, widely applied fiscal incentives and taxes, and direct regulation. An introduction is provided to the primary large and small-scale financing techniques relevant to renewable energy, energy efficiency and other low-carbon projects. Comparative case studies are drawn from countries including Australia, China, US and from within the EU. An integrated,contextual analysis of legally related factors driving global low-carbon development is provided, focusing on minimising costs to businesses and consumers and maximising commercial/scale-up opportunities.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSteven Geroe

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted to the LMJD or LML or LMGBL or LMLAW or with the permission of the director of JD


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsVarious readings that will be made available on the LMSRecommendedVariousNA

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop an advanced and integrated understanding of the concepts and modes of operation of regulatory measures relevant to low-carbon development.

Online Group Exercises, Research Essay

02. Knowledge of the most important (relevant) institutions in selected countries playing a key role in global low-carbon development.

Online Group Exercises, Seminar Presentation

03. Critically evaluate the concepts and modes of operation of financing approaches relevant to small and large-scale low-carbon projects.

Online Group Exercises, Seminar Presentation

04. Research, analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise concepts and materials to complete a detailed case study of the interaction of regulatory, and/or institutional and/or financial factors driving and constraining low-carbon development, in selected countries and/or globally.

Research Essay

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2018, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSteven Geroe

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 31 - 43
Ten 2.5 hours lecture/seminar per study period on weekdays at night from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Online Group Exercises (1000 words equivalent)15 01, 02
Seminar Presentation (1000 word equivalent)15 01, 03
Research Essay (4500 word equivalent)70 01, 03, 04