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LAWS6041: Environmental Dispute Resolution

2023 unit information

This unit focuses on litigation as a tool for resolving environmental disputes. The unit examines different types of environmental litigation and issues that can arise in litigation processes. Candidates will develop an understanding of the characteristics of environmental litigation, the advantages and limitations of different types of proceedings, and the range of outcomes that are possible for environmental litigation. The topics include litigation strategies, procedure and evidence, defensive actions (ie SLAPP litigation), and the outcomes of litigation. Reference will be made to recent cases, such as in the field of climate change, to illustrate the topics. A new objective of the unit is to understand at a general level environmental dispute settlement including the key aspects of environmental litigation in New South Wales in the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales.

Unit details and rules

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Code LAWS6041
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Analyse the role and functions of environmental courts and tribunals in resolving environmental disputes.
  • LO2. Evaluate the substantive and procedural aspects of civil and criminal environmental law disputes, including climate change litigation.
  • LO3. Apply detailed critical case analysis skills to environmental law cases and develop conflict resolution and problem-solving skills.
  • LO4. Evaluate the significant procedural aspects of environmental disputes in courts and tribunals.
  • LO5. Utilise advanced legal research and writing skills to critically analyse and construct persuasive legal arguments, facilitating effective communication and informed decision-making.

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Semester 2a 2022
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive September 2023
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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