Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Environmental and Natural Resource Law are of increasing relevance for legal practitioners. Students will commence with a consideration of the economic and social factors that continue to shape the law in this area, including the precautionary principle sustainability and regulatory technologies. Students will then examine the operation of environmental law in the domestic context, focusing upon issues such as biodiversity protection, mechanics of environmental impact assessments and the debate surrounding climate change legislation.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJulia Dehm

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW1CRL


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjects LAW2ERL

Special conditions Current enrolment in Bachelor of Laws.


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEnvironmental Law in AustraliaPrescribedBates, GBUTTERWORTHS 7TH EDN

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop collaborative learning and research techniques.

Group preparation of documents for other parties in the hypothetical problem.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)

02. Locate, by means of legal research, materials relating to environmental problems

Preparation of legal memorandum or advice relating to environmental problem
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)

03. Understand and apply basic principles of negotiation in the context of an environmental dispute.

Responding to submissions received and negotiating with other groups.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Teamwork (Teamwork)

04. Write well composed, concise and accurately cited legal documents

First assignment essay on key environmental law principles Preparation of legal memorandum or advice relating to environmental problem
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2017, Semester 2, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJulia Dehm

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 6.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Negotiation exercise (1000 words)Negotiation with other parties and completion of reflective journal outlining approach taken in the negotiation20 03
First assignment 2000 words on key environmental law principles30 04
Class participation and responses to at least ten of the weekly discussion questions (200 words pw)15 02
Individual task preparing legal memorandum or advice (1500 words)35 01, 04