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Challenges and institutional responses to global environmental problems, including global warming.
The course will provide an introduction to the institutional and legal framework within which the global community is responding to environmental problems. It will provide a brief historical and conceptual introduction to international environmental law before focusing on individual regimes which seek to protect the biosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere. This course will place particular emphasis on cross-cutting issues such as implementation, compliance, equity and environmental justice. Ultimately, students will be encouraged to assess the extent to which international environmental law is “fit for purpose” in the age of the Anthropocene.
On completion of this course students should be able to: Demonstrate a basic and systematic understanding of the elementary principles, processes and institutions of international environmental law; Critically analyse and evaluate international environmental law within a social, political and theoretical context; Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the theory and practice of international environmental law through a critical evaluation of primary materials and relevant scholarship in the field; Undertake research in the field of international environmental law.
(i) LAWS101; and (ii) LAWS110; (iii) LAWS324 or may be admitted by Head of Department if concurrently enrolled in LAWS324
The course assessment may be by way of a research essay, a research project and an in-class presentation.The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.
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Domestic fee $775.00
International fee $3,525.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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Faculty of Law