LAWS327-17S2 (C) Semester Two 2017

International Environmental Law

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2017
End Date: Sunday, 19 November 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 July 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 13 October 2017


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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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



Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Karen Scott


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay One 14 Sep 2017 40%
Essay Two 20 Oct 2017 50%
Oral Presentation 10%

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.

Course links

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Indicative Fees

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.

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All LAWS327 Occurrences

  • LAWS327-17S2 (C) Semester Two 2017