With an increasing focus being placed on the environment, understanding the scope and implementation of environmental law is vital to many public and private sector careers.
Covering a diverse range of topical areas – including climate change, marine and coastal law, the powers of the Commonwealth, and the efficacy of environmental regulation – the ANU Master of Laws in Environmental Law explores the inter-relationships between environmental law and policy, politics, economics and science.
In addition to fundamental concepts, the ANU Master of Laws in Environmental Law provides you with a comprehensive insight into how environmental law has evolved, and the contemporary issues that continue to shape it, both domestically and internationally.
Taught by some of the country’s most recognised and celebrated environmental lawyers, the ANU Master of Laws in Environmental Law is one of Australia’s most highly regarded environmental law qualifications.With only one compulsory course, the program allows you to select elective subjects from a diverse range of relevant, timely and topical areas, and tailor study to your specific interests or career objectives.
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Mode of delivery
To help you balance study with employment and other personal commitments, the ANU Master of Environmental Law places an emphasis on flexibility. This includes 'intensive' teaching, which clusters lectures over 3-5 days - reducing the need for you to travel to the campus on multiple occasions - and making extensive use of online learning, enabling you to structure study where and when it suits you best.
Admission to practice
A Master of Laws does not qualify you to be admitted to practice law in Australia.
To practice law in Australia you need to complete a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD), plus practical legal training (PLT). ANU School of Legal Practice offers the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) or the Master of Legal Practice (MLP) which fulfil current PLT requirements in Australia.
After I graduate
Open to law and non-law graduates alike, the ANU Master of Laws in Environmental Law is ideal for those seeking to establish or enhance their career in environmental law, management, regulation, policy and planning.
In particular, the program presents significant value for students with qualifications in science, engineering, architecture, town planning or economics who seek to better understand environmental law and its interaction with policy, program development and service delivery.
In addition, graduating from ANU Law will see you join a prestigious and highly recognised alumni network of over 19,000 professionals in Australia and around the globe.
Experts who will teach the program
With particular expertise in constitutional and administrative law, international law, environmental law, migration law, governance and national security, our academic staff are frequently called on by parliamentary committees, peak bodies, professional associations and the media for analysis, advice and guidance on the law, and what might be done to improve it.
Many of our expert research staff are also award winning teachers who are are always accessible and work closely with you to ensure you successfully complete your studies. We have created a supportive and nurturing environment in which you can thrive.
Our environmental law experts include:
Tim Bonyhady - his many books include Places Worth Keeping: Conservationists, Politics and Law. He was a member of the Hawke Review of the commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
Andrew Macintosh - particularly noted for his work in climate and commonwealth environmental law. He chairs the Commonwealth’s Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee.
Judith Jones - an expert on the relationship between law and science, especially environmental risk, and has been a member of the Commonwealth’s Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee.
James Prest - one of Australia’s experts on sustainable energy law.
Brian Preston - Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales, is an eminent Australian environmental lawyer.
Alex Gardner - one of Australia’s foremost water lawyers and the lead author of Water Resources Law.
Neil Gunningham - his many books about environmental regulation include Corporate Environmental Regulation and Smart Regulation: Designing Environmental Policy.
Prof Ben Boer - has been teaching international law concerning the environment since 1997; he has authored and edited a number of books and a wide range of articles and reports on the subject: see Research Institute of Environmental Law, Wuhan University, China.
The amount you’ll pay for your program depends on whether you’re a domestic or international student.
View the current fees for the Master of Laws in Environmental Law at Programs and Courses.
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