LAWS6864 - New Technologies, Risk and Environmental Law


  • Assess the regulation of new technologies from a risk regulation and Environmental Law perspective.


Key questions that are elaborated include: What is regulation, who are the regulators and who are the regulatees?; what is the ideal-type of regulatory environment?; how do regulators engage with risk?: the precautionary principle; how are ideas of the possibility of impending catastrophe likely to affect the balance between legitimacy and effectiveness?
Ethical and human rights principles are also discussed. The technologies analysed include GMOs, chemicals and geoengineering. A comparative analysis of how these technologies are regulated in the European Union, the United States and Australia is included.

NB: This unit replaced LAWS6864 Genetically Modified Organisms & the Environment.


Semester 2 Intensive
10-13 September 2014

The timetable is subject to frequent changes. Please refer to the latest version of the Postgraduate Timetable.


  • Class Participation (20%)
  • 7,000 Word Essay (80%)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

You can credit this unit towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Units of study that are part of Sydney Law School’s Postgraduate Program meet the necessary Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of the New South Wales Bar Association. You may complete this unit of study by enrolling on a non-degree basis or on an audit basis only with no assessment via Single Unit Study.

Courses this unit is available in

Master of Laws | Graduate Diploma in Law | Master of Global Law | Master of Environmental Law | Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law | Master of Environmental Science and Law | Master of International Law | Graduate Diploma in International Law