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LAW2602 Environmental Law and Administration
Credit Points: 15
LAW1100 Legal Framework I
LAW1116 Legal Process
LAW1600 Legal Writing and Research
SCI1181 Managing the Environment

This unit aims to provide students with an insight into environmental law. This is an introductory unit with a focus on the structure and content of domestic legislation and the international framework that exists to protect the environment.


This unit considers the general themes and principles in this area, the procedural requirements for environmental impact assessment of certain activities under WA and Commonwealth law, environmental planning, sustainability, contemporary issues and the legal remedies that are available to address some of the challenges that environmental problems present. Particular attention is placed on current issues with an emphasis on climate change and the Federal and international environmental taxation regimes.


The topics taught in this unit cover a wide range of issues of contemporary relevance. The underlying purpose is to provide a solid grounding in the basic principles of domestic and international environmental law as applied in a particular context. Throughout this unit, students will also be encouraged to critically reflect on whether the legislation in Western Australia adequately addresses the critical environmental needs of the State and whether within the planning context the law is workable and systematic.

Full Unit Outline

This Unit is part of the following Courses / Unit Sets
V72Bachelor of Laws
K50Bachelor of Laws
Y67Bachelor of Laws Bachelor of Arts
Y04Bachelor of Laws Bachelor of Business
Y39Bachelor of Science (Environmental Management)
MAAAHMPlanning Major
MAAABIPolicy and Governance Major
MAAABKProject Development Major
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Last Updated - Higher Education: 15/03/2013 VET: 20/05/2013