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Environmental law

Pursue a career with world-changing impact

Standing at the forefront of contemporary issues in climate and environmental law, our program prepares you for work in environmental practice, governance, consulting and management.

What is environmental law?

Climate and environmental law forms one of the most rapidly expanding areas of specialisation in the law. It examines legal issues arising from the protection of natural resources, prevention of pollution and planning of urban development and infrastructure. This includes:

  • climate change
  • energy law
  • water law
  • international environmental law
  • biodiversity law and heritage protection
  • marine and coastal law
  • the regulation of new technologies
  • human rights and comparative environmental law.

Postgraduate study in environmental law is suitable for legal professionals such as barristers, judges, magistrates and solicitors as well as non-legal professionals like environmental consultants, environmental engineers, environmental planners, environmental scientists, policy analysts, sustainability specialists and town planners.

Why study environmental law with us?

  • Develop the skills and knowledge to negotiate the legal and policy issues affecting environmental regulation and protection through our specialist Master of Environmental Law (MEL) course or our flagship Master of Laws (LLM)
  • Experience the expertise of our prominent and dedicated Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law.
  • Join Australia’s largest and most specialised coursework programs in law, with 80 percent of units offered on an intensive basis.
  • Explore the latest developments within the practice and profession of law. Domestic practitioners and international visitors teach 60 percent of the program.
  • Acquire a postgraduate qualification from one of the world’s foremost law schools – ranked 13th in the world in the discipline of law by the QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017.
  • Credit your units towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

Who will you learn from?

Professor Rosemary Lyster

Professor Rosemary Lyster

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Jane Gibbs

Jane Gibbs
Master of Environmental Law (MEL)
"Studying climate and environmental law has given me a better understanding of the legal framework and how it relates to issues affecting the environment. I chose Sydney Law School because of its reputation as a leading academic institution, and because courses were offered in an intensive mode. As a direct result of studying environmental law here, I was offered a legal internship with the United Nations Environment Programme in Geneva."
Learn more about the Master of Environmental Law