Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to Environmental Law
    • Federalism and the Development of Environmental Law
    • International Environmental Law and its Impact on Australian Law
    • Basis Concepts and Principles of Environmental Law
    • The Changing Regulatory Tools of Environmental Law
    • Participation in Environmental Law
    • Future Directions for Environmental Law
    • Introduction to Planning Law
    • The Victorian Planning Framework
    • Planning Permits and Reviews
    • Understanding the Planning/Environment Nexus
  • Study resources
    • Online Materials
      • Audio-Video streaming

Upon successful completion of this subject you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of local and international obligations relating to the environment and natural resources and identify legal issues that arise in relation to this area
  2. apply the law relating to land use and development
  3. apply the law relating to preparation, administration and enforcement of planning instruments
  4. demonstrate an understanding of issues of environmental justice that arise in legal practice in these areas
  5. critically examine law reform options in these two related areas of law
  6. demonstrate an understanding of the role of planning law in designing urban environments.
  • Assignment 1 - Discussion board & Assignment (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject introduces two related areas of legal practice, environment and planning law. The unit addresses state, federal and international law relating to the environment and natural resources with a focus on regulation. The unit next addresses planning issues considering state and local authority regulation in relation to planning. The subject deals with relevant legislation and case law in the developing areas of environment and planning law and considers issues of environmental justice that arise in legal practice in these areas.

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