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Climate Justice and Disaster Law (LAWS6320)

Climate change impacts are already being felt around the world and governments are called upon to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, engage in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, and respond to the loss and damage caused by climate disasters. Climate disasters demand an integration of multilateral negotiations on emissions reduction and adaptation, disaster risk reduction, sustainable development, Human Rights and human security. Via detailed examination of recent law and policy initiatives from developed and developing countries, this unit offers students a unique approach to human and non-human Climate Justice and its application to all stages of a disaster: prevention; response, recovery and rebuilding; and compensation and risk transfer. The role of insurance plays an important part in compensation and risk transfer. The unit of study comprehensively analyses the complexities of climate science, economics and their interfaces with the climate law-and policy-making processes, and also provides an in-depth analysis of multilateral climate change negotiations dating from the establishment of the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Aug 31, Sep 1 and 7, 8 (9-5)

class participation (10%) and 8000wd essay (90%)

Additional information
This unit replaced LAWS6320 Climate Disaster Law.


Intensive September

27 Aug 2018

Department/School: Law
Study Mode: Block mode
Census Date: 28 Sep 2018
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
Census dates shows the latest date to cancel out of a unit*
Unit of Study coordinator: Prof Rosemary Lyster
HECS Band: 3
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