Environmental Law

Units of study

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Master of Environmental Law

Exemption from core units of study should not be assumed to be automatic. Formal approval must be obtained from the Faculty prior to enrolment.
Candidates must complete 48 credit points, comprising:
(i) 12 credit points of core units of study and 36 credit points of elective units of study, for candidates without a law background; or
(ii) 6 credit points of core units of study and 42 credit points of elective units of study, for candidates with a law background who have not completed any tertiary study in environmental law; or
(iii) 48 credit points of elective units of study, for candidates with an environmental law background.

2014 Core Units of Study

Candidates without a law degree from a common law jurisdiction must undertake LAWS6252 prior or concurrent to enrolling in other law units.
LAWS6044
Environmental Law and Policy
6    A LAWS6252 or law degree from a common law jurisdiction


Environmental Law students must complete LAWS6252 and this core unit prior to enrolling in other law elective units.
Int August
Int March
LAWS6252
Legal Reasoning & the Common Law System
6    N LAWS6881


International students who are required to enrol in this unit must undertake classes during the first week of their study. Health Law and Public Health students should enrol in LAWS6881 Introduction to Law for Health Professionals in lieu of LAWS6252, if available. This unit is not available to MLawIntDev students who have been granted a reduced volume of learning. Students must attend all classes on the timetabled dates as prescribed for their enrolled session/group. An Absent Fail grade may be granted to students who fail to attend the correct session/group.
Int April
Int August
Int March
Int Sept

2014 Elective Units of Study

LAWS6011
Administrative Law
6    A MALP and Environmental Law students must either have completed or be concurrently enrolled in LAWS6252 Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System (core) before undertaking this unit.


Core unit for MALP students.
Int March
LAWS6165
Biodiversity Law
6      Int April
LAWS6936
Carbon Trading, Derivatives and Taxation
6      Int May
LAWS6320
Climate Disaster Law
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Int July
LAWS6314
Coastal and Marine Law
6      Int October
LAWS6130
Dispute Resolution in Australia
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This is not a skills unit and students will not be trained as negotiators or mediators. This unit has a restricted class size.
Int July
LAWS6163
Energy and Climate Law
6    N LAWS6863


The unit replaced LAWS6163 International & Australian Climate Law (formerly Energy Law).
Int October
LAWS6043
Environmental Impact Assessment Law
6      Int May
LAWS6045
Environmental Planning Law
6      Int August
LAWS6147
Independent Research Project
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Closing date 30 September (Semester 1) and 30 April (Semester 2)
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS6182
Independent Research Project A
6    C LAWS6183

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Closing date 30 September (Semester 1) and 30 April (Semester 2). Students must complete both LAWS6182 and LAWS6183 within one or two semesters.
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS6183
Independent Research Project B
6    C LAWS6182

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Closing date 30 September (Semester 1) and 30 April (Semester 2). Students must complete both LAWS6182 and LAWS6183 within one or two semesters.
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS6865
International Dispute Resolution
6    N LAWS6202


This unit replaced LAWS6865 International Dispute Resolution: Principles and LAWS6865 International Dispute Resolution: Theory & Practice.
Int Sept
LAWS6061
International Environmental Law
6   

Students seeking further study in international environmental law may undertake LAWS6922 Advanced International Environmental Law.
Int May
LAWS6167
International Law II
6    A It is strongly advised that students complete LAWS6243 International Law I before enrolling in this unit


Compulsory core unit for MIL and GradDipIntLaw students. This unit replaced LAWS6167 International Law and Australian Institutions.
Int October
Semester 1
LAWS6068
Judicial Review-P'ciple, Pol & Procedure
6      Int August
LAWS6047
Law of the Sea
6      Int June
LAWS6928
Law, Justice and Development
6    N LAWS3478


This unit is compulsory for MLawIntDev students and replaced LAWS6928 Law & Economic Development.
Int April
LAWS6864
New Tech, Risk and Environmental Law
6   

This unit replaced LAWS6864 Genetically Modified Organisms & the Environment.
Int Sept
LAWS6257
Public Policy
6    N LAWS6139, LAWS6042, LAWS6113


Core unit for MALP students.
Int Sept
LAWS6191
Water Law and Climate Change
6   

This unit replaced LAWS6191 Water Law
Int November
Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law

Exemption from core units of study should not be assumed to be automatic. Formal approval must be obtained from the Faculty prior to enrolment.
Candidates must complete 24 credit points, comprising:
(i) 12 credit points of core units of study and 12 credit points of elective units of study, for candidates without a law background; or
(ii) 6 credit points of core units of study and 18 credit points of elective units of study, for candidates with a law background who have not completed any tertiary study in environmental law; or
(iii) 24 credit point of electives units of study, for candidates with an environmental law background.

2014 Core Units of Study

Candidates without a law degree from a common law jurisdiction must undertake LAWS6252 prior or concurrent to enrolling in other law units.
LAWS6044
Environmental Law and Policy
6    A LAWS6252 or law degree from a common law jurisdiction


Environmental Law students must complete LAWS6252 and this core unit prior to enrolling in other law elective units.
Int August
Int March
LAWS6252
Legal Reasoning & the Common Law System
6    N LAWS6881


International students who are required to enrol in this unit must undertake classes during the first week of their study. Health Law and Public Health students should enrol in LAWS6881 Introduction to Law for Health Professionals in lieu of LAWS6252, if available. This unit is not available to MLawIntDev students who have been granted a reduced volume of learning. Students must attend all classes on the timetabled dates as prescribed for their enrolled session/group. An Absent Fail grade may be granted to students who fail to attend the correct session/group.
Int April
Int August
Int March
Int Sept

2014 Elective Units of Study

LAWS6011
Administrative Law
6    A MALP and Environmental Law students must either have completed or be concurrently enrolled in LAWS6252 Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System (core) before undertaking this unit.


Core unit for MALP students.
Int March
LAWS6165
Biodiversity Law
6      Int April
LAWS6936
Carbon Trading, Derivatives and Taxation
6      Int May
LAWS6320
Climate Disaster Law
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Int July
LAWS6314
Coastal and Marine Law
6      Int October
LAWS6130
Dispute Resolution in Australia
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This is not a skills unit and students will not be trained as negotiators or mediators. This unit has a restricted class size.
Int July
LAWS6163
Energy and Climate Law
6    N LAWS6863


The unit replaced LAWS6163 International & Australian Climate Law (formerly Energy Law).
Int October
LAWS6043
Environmental Impact Assessment Law
6      Int May
LAWS6045
Environmental Planning Law
6      Int August
LAWS6865
International Dispute Resolution
6    N LAWS6202


This unit replaced LAWS6865 International Dispute Resolution: Principles and LAWS6865 International Dispute Resolution: Theory & Practice.
Int Sept
LAWS6061
International Environmental Law
6   

Students seeking further study in international environmental law may undertake LAWS6922 Advanced International Environmental Law.
Int May
LAWS6167
International Law II
6    A It is strongly advised that students complete LAWS6243 International Law I before enrolling in this unit


Compulsory core unit for MIL and GradDipIntLaw students. This unit replaced LAWS6167 International Law and Australian Institutions.
Int October
Semester 1
LAWS6068
Judicial Review-P'ciple, Pol & Procedure
6      Int August
LAWS6047
Law of the Sea
6      Int June
LAWS6928
Law, Justice and Development
6    N LAWS3478


This unit is compulsory for MLawIntDev students and replaced LAWS6928 Law & Economic Development.
Int April
LAWS6864
New Tech, Risk and Environmental Law
6   

This unit replaced LAWS6864 Genetically Modified Organisms & the Environment.
Int Sept
LAWS6257
Public Policy
6    N LAWS6139, LAWS6042, LAWS6113


Core unit for MALP students.
Int Sept
LAWS6191
Water Law and Climate Change
6   

This unit replaced LAWS6191 Water Law
Int November

Course rules

 

Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law

Master of Environmental Law


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

Course resolutions

1 Course codes

Code Course title
JF004 Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law
JC006 Master of Environmental Law

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for these courses is full-time or part-time according to candidate choice.

3 Master's type

The master's degree in these resolutions is a professional master's degree, as defined by the Coursework Rule.

4 Embedded courses in this sequence

(1)
The embedded courses in this sequence are:
(a)
the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law
(b)
the Master of Environmental Law
(2)
Provided that candidates satisfy the admission requirements for each stage, a candidate may progress to the award of either of the courses in this sequence. Only the longer award completed will be conferred.

5 Admission to candidature

(1)
Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the following admissions criteria.
(2)
Admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law requires:
(a)
a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney in environmental studies, law or other appropriate discipline as determined by the Faculty, or an equivalent qualification; or
(b)
a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification; and the applicant provides evidence of professional experience or of a period of service (normally of several years in duration) which in the opinion of the Dean adequately prepares the applicant to undertake the course of study.
(3)
Admission to candidature for the Master of Environmental Law requires:
(a)
a bachelor's degree with a minimum credit average from the University of Sydney in environmental studies, law or other appropriate discipline as determined by the Faculty, or an equivalent qualification; or
(b)
a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification; and the applicant provides evidence of professional experience or of a period of service (normally of several years in duration) which in the opinion of the Dean adequately prepares the applicant to undertake the course of study; or
(c)
completion of the requirements of the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law with a minimum credit average, or an equivalent qualification.

6 Requirements for award

(1)
The units of study that may be taken for the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law are set out in the table of units of study for the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law. To qualify for the award of the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law, a candidate must complete 24 credit points, comprising:
(a)
12 credit points of core units of study and 12 credit points of elective units of study, for candidates without a law background; or
(b)
6 credit points of core units of study and 18 credit points of elective units of study, for candidates with a law background who have not completed any tertiary study in environmental law; or
(c)
24 credit points of elective units of study, for candidates with an environmental law background.
(2)
The units of study that may be taken for the Master of Environmental Law are set out in the table of units of study for the Master of Environmental Law. To qualify for the award of the Master of Environmental Law, a candidate must complete 48 credit points, comprising:
(a)
12 Credit Points of core units of study and 36 credit points of elective units of study, for candidates without a law background; or
(b)
6 credit points of core units of study and 42 credit points of elective units of study, for candidates with a law background who have not completed any tertiary study in environmental law; or
(c)
48 credit points of core units of study and 36 credit points of elective units of study for candidates with an environmental law background.

7 Course transfer

A candidate for the master's degree may elect to discontinue study and graduate with the shorter award from this embedded sequence, with the approval of the Dean, and provided the requirements of the shorter award have been met.

8 Transitional provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature on or after 1 January 2011.
(2)
Students who commenced prior to 1 January 2011 will complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January 2016. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.