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LAWS421 International Environmental Law

An introduction to the principles and sources of international environmental law, and an investigation of current issues including the impact of and on state sovereignty, and tensions between trade and environment.

This paper gives an introduction to the key principles and sources of international environmental law and an analysis of the international environmental law relating to topics including climate change, ozone depletion, biodiversity, migratory species, trade in endangered species, whales, Antarctica and ecocide.

Paper title International Environmental Law
Paper code LAWS421
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1
Points 15 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (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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LAWS 201, LAWS 202, LAWS 203, LAWS 204
LAWS 521
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
May not be credited together with LAWS479 passed in 2001, 2002 or 2005-2008.
Teaching staff

Professor Nicola Wheen


Course readings via eReserve.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to analyse and assess the law relating to international environmental matters.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41