CLIMATE LAW

LAW3CCL

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Climate change presents many complex and long-term challenges for society, economy and environment. This subject considers the way in which law and legal regimes can contribute to addressing these challenges and the way legal frameworks might need to be re-conceptualized and changed to respond.This subject examines the international legal framework under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Paris Agreement, including questions of mitigation, adaptation and loss and damage. It also examines transnational forms of climate change regulation, including through carbon markets and other voluntary measures as well as the ways in which law can promote transitions to a low-carbon society. The course also covers Australian regulatory measures to address climate change, looking at federal, state and local law. The subject concludes by looking at the growth in litigation to respond to climate challenges as well as the interaction between climate change andother legal regimes, such as trade and human rights.

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 AND LAW2FPL

Co-requisites NA

Incompatible subjects NA

Equivalent subjects NA

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsInternational Climate Change LawPrescribedLatest edition, Daniel Bodansky, Jutta Brunnée, and Lavanya RajamaniOxford University Press
ReadingsThe Paris Agreement on Climate Change: Analysis and CommentaryRecommendedLatest edition, Daniel Klein, María Pía Carazo, Meinhard Doelle, Jane Bulmer and Andrew Higham (eds)Oxford University Press

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Recognize and describe the different legal regimes and principles applicable to climate change governance

Activities:
Seminars; negotiation exercise; essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)

02. Analyse and evaluate the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of different legal responses to climate change

Activities:
Seminars; negotiation exercise; essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)

03. Locate by means of legal research, materials relating to the problem of climate change and its legal regulation, and write well composed, concise and accurately cited legal analysis.

Activities:
Essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)

04. Through collaborative processes analyse, generate and transmit legal solutions to complex problems related to climate change governance

Activities:
Seminars; negotiation exercise
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Winter semester, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJulia Dehm

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 27 - 28
Five 7.0 hours block mode per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 27 to week 28 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Negotiation exercise and reflection (1500 words)Submitted and assessed online30 01, 02, 04
2 x on-line quizzes (500 each)submitted and assessed online20 01, 02
Research Essay Proposal (500 words)Submitted and assessed online5 01, 02, 03
Essay (2000 words)Submitted and assessed online45 01, 02, 03