Comparative Climate Law

14 December 2011

Examine the phenomenon of global climate change in Italy during this June 2012 off-shore intensive.

Comparative Climate Law aims to provide an understanding how the four jurisdictions of Australia, China, the United States and the Europe Union have responded to climate change.

Topics include:

  • The international legal framework for climate change
  • Australia's Clean Energy Future Package
  • The United Nations Framework Convention on climate change
  • The Kyoto Protocol and subsequent international agreements
  • Emissions trading
  • Renewable energy
  • Carbon capture and storage
  • Energy efficiency.

The unit will be taught at the Monash Centre in Prato, Italy by Professor Rosemary Lyster and Professor Leonardo Massi.

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

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 Journal which is the leading environmental law journal in Australia. Rosemary is a 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.

Professor Massai is Legal and policy advisor to the Coalition for Rainforest Nations at Columbia University, New York.

He is visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Lille, France and has also taught Climate Change Law at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, the International University of Venice and the Faculty of Law, University of Groningen.

The unit is also 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 Sonya Chater, the Offshore Unit of Study Coordinator, Faculty of Law, at or phone (+61 2) 9351 0275

Please remember to offset the carbon emissions associated with your travel to Italy.

Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

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