New Technologies, Risk and Environmental Law

25 October 2012

This new offshore unit will take place in Amsterdam as part of the 2013 Sydney Law School in Europe Program.

New Technologies, Risk and Environmental Law will assess the regulation of new technologies from a risk regulation and Environmental Law perspective.

The technologies analysed will include GMOs, chemicals and geoengineering and acomparative analysis of how these technologies are regulated in the European Union, the United States and Australia will also take place.

The unit will be taught Professor Rosemary Lyster and Professor Han Somsen from Tilburg Law School.

Rosemary Lyster is the inaugural Professor of Climate and Environmental Law at Sydney Law School.

Rosemary specialises in Energy and Climate Law, Water Law and GMOs and Environmental Law.

She is the Director of the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law and has been appointed a Herbert Smith Freehills Visiting Professor at Cambridge Law School in 2013.

She has an extensive list of publications in her areas of expertise including three books with Cambridge University Press.

Her latest is Rosemary Lyster, Catherine MacKenzie, Constance McDermott (eds), Law, tropical forests and carbon: the case of REDD+ (Cambridge University Press) forthcoming in 2013.

Rosemary is the Energy and Water Special Editor of the Environmental Planning and Law Journal which is the leading environmental law journal in Australia.

Professor Somsen is Vice Dean of Tilburg Law School and an expert in the field of technology regulation.

Within this rapidly developing field, he concentrates mostly on medical and agricultural biotechnology.

In addition, he frequently publishes on issues of EC environmental law.

He is a member of the International Law Association Committee on International Law and Biotechnology, Founder and editor of Law, Innovation and Technology (Hart) and series editor of Biotechnology Regulation Series (Edward Elgar).


Sydney Law School in Europe

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam

16-19 July 2013


  • Class Participation (20%)
  • 1 x 6,000 Word Essay (80%)

New Technologies, Risk and Environmental Lawis available to study through the following Sydney Law School degree programmes:

Legal practitioners can count this unit of study towards Mandatory Continuing Legal Educaiton (MCLE) or Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Candidates can also enrol in this subject on a Legal Professional Development (LPD), Single Unit Enrolment or Cross-Institutional basis.

Candidates can elect to complete the assessment, claim the MCLE or CPD points and then count the unit towards a degree at a later stage.

Alternatively, candidates can elect not to complete the assessment but still claim the MCLE or CPD points.

For further enquiries or to apply or enrol, please contact the Postgraduate Team.

Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

Email: 770803144b223f0016393f543b051e241d0f023e1c00543f01466b0231