|International Climate Law - LAWS8065|
This course examines the origins, evolution and future development of the international legal regime relating to climate change. The course begins with an overview of the scientific, economic and equity contexts of the climate change debate and then proceeds to a detailed examination of the provisions of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, its Kyoto Protocol and the Copenhagen outcomes. The international legal implications of the various responses to climate change, including measures such as geosequestration, renewable energy, REDD, technology transfer and intellectual property rights, are analysed and the implications of international climate law for other areas of international law, such as the law of the sea, peace and security and refugee and migration law are explored.
This course is also available to students undertaking relevant postgraduate non-law degree programs at UNSW provided such enrolment is approved by the appopriate non-law Faculty.
Recommended Prior Knowledge
A candidate who has successfully completed this course should be able to:
Class participation 10%
Class presentation and abstract 15%
Research essay (6000 words) 75%
Course materials will be provided by the lecturer
A full reading list will be provided in the detailed course outline. There are a large number of new and proposed books on the market. Some existing helpful titles include:
*Yamin and Depledge: The International Climate Change Regime
*Freestone and Streck: Legal Aspects of Implementing the Kyoto Protocol Mechanisms
*Bolin: A History of the Science and Politics of Climate Change
Refer to the course outline which will be provided by the lecturer at the beginning of the relevant semester.