Environmental Law and Policy (LAWS6044)


The aim of the unit is to introduce students to overarching themes in environmental law and policy as a foundation to their more detailed studies for the Environmental Law Program. This is an overview unit addressing a number of environmental issues at various levels of analysis; such as policy making, implementation of policy and dispute resolution. The concept of ecologically sustainable development and its implications for environmental law and policy is a continuing theme. The unit is designed to develop multi-dimensional thinking about environmental issues and the strategies needed to address them. The unit provides a broad background of the political and economic issues in so far as they are related to the legal issues involved.

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Further unit of study information


Group A (S1CIAP): Mar 12-14 and 16 (9-5) Group B (S2CIAU): Aug 7, 8 and 14, 15 (9-5)


5000wd essay (60%) and take-home exam (40%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge



: LAWS3430 or LAWS5130

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.