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LAWS351 Climate Law and Policy

An introduction to Climate Law to include the international treaty regime, core domestic legislation and case law, and examples of other jurisdictions legal responses.

Paper title Climate Law and Policy
Paper code LAWS351
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1000
Points 15 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $710.30
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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96 LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)

Teaching staff

Professor Jonathan Rosenbloom


Course Materials will be provided

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students should have a foundational knowledge of the laws and policies relevant to climate change. Achieving such knowledge requires an understanding and of what is “climate change,” how it can impact social-ecological systems, and existing policies addressing climate mitigation and adaptation. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Explain the overarching political and legal approaches that shape climate change law and policy, including adaptation, mitigation, and geoengineering
  2. Describe the diverse impacts stemming from a changing climate, including those relevant to New Zealand as described in the first national climate change risk assessment (released in 2020)
  3. Analyse the existing and proposed climate laws and policies at the international, New Zealand national, and comparative national levels, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Paris Agreement/COP21, emissions trading schemes, and complimentary evolving governance regimes
  4. Apply climate law and policy to a variety of scenarios and simulations, representing parties in both the public and private realms
  5. Hone researching and writing skills

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system