Environmental Litigation (LAWS8187)

Environmental Litigation (LAWS8187) is a postgraduate law course offered by the Australian Centre for Environmental Law (ACEL) at the Australian National University (ANU) College of Law in Canberra.

The course aims to take students inside the practice of environmental litigation to teach the practical skills of being a litigator set within a wider theoretical context of environmental regulation.

The course is aimed primarily at litigation lawyers working in environmental law in private practice and government regulators but will also be relevant to managers, policy officers, and enforcement officers in environmental regulators.

Non-lawyers studying environmental law and policy are also encouraged to enrol as the course does not assume an in-depth knowledge of litigation.

The course aims particularly to complement training available to environmental regulators and to support the Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators neTwork (AELERT).


Expected learning outcomes from the course are:

Managers of environmental regulators

  • Improve skills and knowledge to lead or manage a regulatory team in the public sector
  • Complement Diploma in Government (Investigations)

Litigation lawyers

  • Integrate litigation skills within an overall policy and regulatory framework
  • Practical training in problem-solving and decision-making in litigation
  • Advocacy and legal drafting skills
  • Ability to analyse evidence and advise on prospects of success at trial
  • Avoid and narrow issues in dispute to achieve cost-effective outcomes for client

Policy and enforcement officers

  • Gain advanced knowledge of civil and criminal litigation practice
  • Complement CERT IV investigations and statutory compliance training


The 2011 course materials comprised:


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