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 and other legal regimes, such as trade and human rights.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSteven Geroe

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesSeminars; negotiation exercise; essay

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesLAW2FPL AND LAW1CRL


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

International Climate Change Law

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorDaniel Bodansky, Jutta Brunnée, and Lavanya Rajamani



PublisherOxford University Press


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change: Analysis and Commentary

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorDaniel Klein, María Pía Carazo, Meinhard Doelle, Jane Bulmer and Andrew Higham



PublisherOxford University Press


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Recognise and describe the different legal regimes and principles applicable to climate change governance
02. Analyse and evaluate the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of different legal responses to climate change
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.
04. Through collaborative processes analyse, generate and transmit legal solutions to complex problems related to climate change governance

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Winter semester, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSteven Geroe

Class requirements

Block ModeWeek: 25 - 28
Four 7.00 hours block mode per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 25 to week 28 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Negotiation exercise and reflection (1500 words) Submitted and assessed online

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4

2 x on-line quizzes (500 each) Submitted and assessed online

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2

Research Essay Proposal (500 words) Submitted and assessed online

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo5 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Essay (2000 words) Submitted and assessed online

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo45 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3