MLL425 - Environmental and Climate Law


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

For Bachelor of Laws (including combined Law awards) students only



Corequisite: MLL325
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1 hour class weekly + 1 x 2 hour seminar weekly + online independent and collaborative learning activities (problem-based exercises) weekly

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 1 hour class weekly (livestreamed with recordings provided) + 1 x 2 hour scheduled weekly online seminar + independent and collaborative learning activities (online problem-based exercises) weekly


Students enrolled in this subject will learn about local, State and Commonwealth laws that regulate activities with potential impacts on the environment. Students will study the statutory process for securing approvals for those activities. Students will also learn about the avenues for challenging decisions and about the mechanisms for enforcing environmental obligations. Study of the law will be complemented by examination of the ethical, scientific, economic, political and social contexts of environmental policy including: the global climate emergency, the international principles of ecological development, environmental policy and climate justice with a specific focus upon wildfire and drought policy and regulation in Australia. Upon completion of the subject, students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of environmental law and their ability to engage in legal reasoning by discussing and solving complex legal problems.

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