ILAP612-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022

International Environmental Law

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 July 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 31 July 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 2 October 2022


Challenges and institutional responses to global environmental problems, including global warming.

This course will provide an introduction to the institutional and legal framework within which the global community is responding to environmental problems. It will provide a brief historical and conceptual introduction to international law before focusing on individual regimes which seek to protect the biosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere. This course will place particular emphasis on cross-cutting issues such as implementation, compliance, equity and environmental justice. Ultimately, students will be encouraged to assess the extent to which international environmental law is "fit for purpose" in the age of the Anthropocene.

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic and systematic understanding of the elementary principles, processes and institutions of international environmental law, including the nature of international legal 'knowledge' and 'norms';
  • Critically analyse and evaluate international environmental law within a social, political and theoretical context;
  • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the theory and practice of international environmental law through a critical evaluation of primary materials and relevant scholarship in the field.

    Thinking skills:
  • Identify and articulate legal issues;
  • Apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to legal issues;
  • Engage in critical analysis and make a reasoned choice amongst alternatives;
  • Think creatively in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses;
  • Develop an ability to exercise a professional judgement.

    Research skills:
  • Demonstrate intellectual and practical skills needed to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual legal and policy issues.

    Communication and Collaboration:
  • Communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal audiences.

    Self Management;
  • Learn and work independently.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Subject to the approval of the Programme Director


LAWS327, LAWS347 (2001-2004), DIPL402 (before 2014), DIPL421 (before 2014).

Timetable 2022

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 12:00 Ernest Rutherford 225
18 Jul - 28 Aug
12 Sep - 23 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Karen Scott


The course assessment may be by way of a research essay, a research project and an in-class presentation.

The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,009.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Faculty of Law .

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  • ILAP612-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022