An introduction to Climate Law to include the international treaty regime, core domestic legislation and case law, and examples of other jurisdictions legal responses.
About this paper
|Climate Law and Policy
|Summer School (On campus)
|Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD )
|International Tuition Fees
|Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
- 96 LAWS points
- Pre or Corequisite
- Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
- Limited to
- LLB, LLB(Hons)
- Teaching staff
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 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:
- Explain the overarching political and legal approaches that shape climate change law and policy, including adaptation, mitigation, and geoengineering
- 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)
- 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
- Apply climate law and policy to a variety of scenarios and simulations, representing parties in both the public and private realms.