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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Environmental regulation has expanded from a domestic phenomenon to one that has both global impacts and global participants. In this course, we will determine when the international community is likely to act with respect to environmental problems, what legal processes it uses to address these problems, and how to assess the success of these regulatory interventions. Within this more general framework of International Environmental Law, specific attention will be paid to the role of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in environmental protection. Conflicts between trade and environmental protection have given rise to challenges under the WTO agreements and actions before the WTO#s Appellate Body. This course will study these cases in detail, including trade bans for environmental purposes. We will also look at the application of the " precautionary principle" in WTO law; intellectual property protection and biodiversity; food security and poverty-reduction.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJulia Dehm

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Masters students only or UG requires approval from Program Director


Incompatible subjectsN/A

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Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/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. Develop specialised understanding of core principles and key contemporary issues in international environmental law
02. Improve ability to develop legal arguments as applied to novel fact situations
03. Improve communication skills to articulate and convey complex ideas regarding international environment law

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