Coastal Adaptation Law

17 December 2010

Climate change is predicted to lead to an increase in the frequency and intensity of storm activity with associated impacts such as sea level rise and beach erosion.

These impacts present an increasing threat to ecosystems, public safety, economic interests and private and public assets.

This could lead to numerous claims for compensation and presents considerable challenges for the legal system.

To diminish these risks and promote resilience, it is essential to adopt a strategy of adaptation and mitigation.

This interdisciplinary unit will bring together a global team of experts from the legal and scientific fields to assess the policy, technical and legal dimensions of building resilience in the coastal zone.

A range of innovative adaptation strategies will be considered as well as different legal frameworks which can be used to implement them.

In considering these options, the unit will draw on examples from the European Union, the United States and Australia.

In so doing, it will evaluate relevant legislation and case law in these jurisdictions and offer some suggestions for legal reform.

The unit will be conducted in a number of different modes - lectures, video conferencing, interactive seminars and workshops.

Adjunct Professor Zada Lipman, Emeritus Professor from Macquarie University and Sydney Law School's Professor Rosemary Lyster will teach the unit.

Over the past thirty years,Zada Lipmanhas been teaching and researching in the area of environmental law.

She specialises in pollution law, planning law and coastal management.

Zada is the Australian editor of the Environmental Liability Journal and is the New South Wales and Pollution Special Editor of the Environmental and Planning Law Journal.

Zada is a member of the IUCN - the World Conservation Union Commission on Environmental Law.

She is a member of the Commission's Special Working Group on Enforcement and Compliance and a member of the Special Working Group on Oceans, Coasts and Coral Reefs.

Rosemary Lyster is Professor of Climate and Environmental Law at Sydney Law School and Director of the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law (ACCEL).

In the area of Environmental Law, Rosemary specialises in Energy and Climate Law, Water Law and GMOs and Environmental Law.

Rosemary is the Energy and Water Special Editor of the Environmental Planning and Law Journalandis alsoa member of the IUCN - The World Conservation Union Commission on Environmental Law, comprising environmental lawyers from around the world.

She is a member of the Commission's Special Working Groups on Water and Wetlands, Energy and Climate Change, and Forests.

The unit is available to study through the following Sydney Law School degree programmes:

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

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

Further information on the 2011 Sydney Law School Postgraduate Program

Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

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