Environmental Law Australia

ENVM3104 & ENVM7124 web page

International Regulatory Frameworks for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ENVM3104 & ENVM7124)

This course examines the major international environmental treaties since 1945 set within their political and historic context.

It is offered at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Queensland, Australia.

A major focus in 2017 will be the challenge of implementing the Paris Agreement, which was agreed at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP22) in Paris in December 2015.

The major assessment item is a research paper to develop skills in evaluating and improving the effectiveness of environmental policy.

The course includes a field trip to a World Heritage property at Springbrook south of Brisbane.

The following Youtube clip provides a short overview of the course in 2017:

An example of a past lecture in the course is shown below.

Summer semester course in 2017

The lectures for the course will be delivered over 5 days in the summer semester in 2017:

  • Monday 27 November 2017 – lectures
  • Tuesday 28 November 2017 – lectures
  • Wednesday 29 November 2017 – field trip
  • Thursday 30 November 2017 – lectures
  • Friday 1 December 2017 – lectures

A schedule of the lectures on these days is available here.

The lectures are recorded and students who do not attend the lectures can listen to them over the course of the semester.

The outline and course profiles for the 2017 course will shortly be available here.


  • research proposal (5%), due within 7 days of lectures concluding
  • research paper (50%), due on Monday 15 January 2018
  • exam (45%) in the sem 3 exam block in 3-10 February 2018

The course will be available internally & externally (via recorded lectures).

It may be taken as a stand-alone course, not linked to a university degree. For information on how to enrol in a non-award course, click here.

A flyer for the 2017 course is available here.

Feedback on previous courses

“Great course. The presenter had a great understanding of the content and was clearly passionate about the content which made the course more interesting. It was very well structured which made the content easier to learn.” (2014 external student in ENVM7124)

You can read the full postgraduate (ENVM7124) student evaluations of the 2014 course here:

Contact:    Dr Chris McGrath chris.mcgrath@uq.edu.au