LAWS3361/JURD7361 Environmental Law

Lecturer: Cameron Holley

It has become increasingly obvious in the late 20th and early 21st centuries that reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment, as well as taking steps to reverse climate change and the loss of biodiversity, are some of the greatest challenges and opportunities of our time. This means that the role of environmental law and policy will touch on all aspects of our lives as we move to achieve the balance between human and ecological systems.  As a result, it is my view that environmental law will play a central role in our societies and so it will help all lawyers if they have some understanding of the central concepts of this area of law. It is for these reasons that the course introduces the fundamental principles and concepts of international and Australian environmental law and policy, including the concept and goals of Ecologically Sustainable Development. The course introduces concepts from environmental law at the international, federal, state and local levels on a wide range of topics including:

  • planning assessment and controls
  • protection of biodiversity and threatened species, including native vegetation
  • pollution control and waste management
  • climate change and
  • water law

We encourage all law students to consider taking this elective, even if you are not considering a career in environmental law or as a lawyer and we look forward to seeing you in class.