LAW4663 - International environmental governance - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Not offered in 2017


This unit will introduce students to the foundations and guiding principles of the evolving field of international environmental law. It explores the dynamics of the international legal system with a focus on the key actors, interests and ideas. Selected environmental issues will be examined in close detail in seminars incorporating student research and "reaction papers". Students are expected to contribute actively to the critical analysis of sources and mechanisms of international environmental law and to discussion of new approaches to global environmental problems.


At the successful completion of this Unit, students will be able to:

  • Critically analyse contemporary global environmental problems from a variety of theoretical perspectives and frameworks
  • Demonstrate cognitive and creative skills in evaluating the effectiveness of various international environmental agreements and instruments.
  • Critically analyse the challenges of implementation, enforcement and compliance in international environmental law
  • Communicate effectively and persuasively in placing contemporary debates about state and non-state forms of environmental regulation in historical context and in the context of various theoretical understandings of regulation and governance


  1. "Reaction Paper" and Discussant (25%)
  2. Take-home examination (75%)

Workload requirements

Students are required to attend 36 hours of lectures over the duration of this semi-intensive unit.

The unit timetable link below is not applicable to this unit.

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Chief examiner(s)


For students in the LLB course:

LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104

For students in the LLB Hons course:

LAW1111, LAW1112, LAW1113, LAW1114, LAW2101, LAW2102, LAW2111 and LAW2112


For students in the LLB Hons course:

LAW3111 and LAW3112


LAW4313 International Environmental Law

LAW5314 International Environmental Law