Course Title: Law of Climate Change

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Law of Climate Change

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr Anne Kallies

Course Coordinator Phone: -

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge: Becoming a Lawyer in Globalised World, Australian Government and Statutory Interpretation

Course Description

Climate Change, and its impacts on environment, society and the economy, is one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century. This course introduces you to the legal dimension of climate change. It covers the international and national climate law regimes targeted at climate adaptation and mitigation, including relevant international treaty law, the legal frameworks for energy transition and the use of market mechanisms. The course will address the impacts climate change has on different stakeholders and consider the range of legal responses available to them. The course  provides  you with an evaluation of how the legal system will need to adapt and respond to climate change.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


CLO1: Explain the key principles, concepts and legal rules of climate law, both nationally and internationally.

CLO2: Assess and evaluate the role of different stakeholders, including governments, civil society and business in applying, developing and responding to climate change law.

CLO3: Communicate relevant case law and emerging legal challenges posed by climate change in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences.

CLO4: Research, analyse and evaluate current legal issues in climate change law.

Overview of Learning Activities

To achieve the objectives this course requires you to participate in various learning activities. These activities comprise of lectures, tutorials, self-directed learning, participation through in-class and online activities, such as presenting a case in class, writing a blog post and a research paper.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period. 

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 25%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 2: 25% 
Linked CLOs: 1, 3

Assessment Task 3: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 4

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.