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 2018 will be the challenge of implementing the Paris Agreement, which was agreed at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP22) in Paris in December 2015, and the recent IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C.

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 2018:

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

Summer semester course in 2018

An introductory lecture and a workshop on research design will be held in week 1 of Summer Semester, on Monday, 26 November 2018, from 3-7pm.  This will introduce you to the course and allow you to start work on your research papers, which is the main assessment item for the course.

The bulk of lectures have been postponed to week 3 to allow Master of Conservation Science (MConsSc) students to take GEOM7005 (Geographical Information Systems) from Monday 19th November to Friday 7th December from 9:30 to 1:30pm.

The bulk of lectures for the course will be delivered over 5 days in week 3:

  • Monday 10 December 2018 – lectures
  • Tuesday 11 December 2018 – lectures
  • Wednesday 12 December 2018 – field trip
  • Thursday 13 December 2018 – lectures
  • Friday 14 December 2018 – 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 2018 course will shortly be available here.


  • research proposal (5%), due by Friday 14 December 2018
  • research paper (50%), due on Monday 14 January 2019
  • exam (45%) in the semester 3 exam block in 2-9 February 2019

The assessment philosophy for the course is available here.

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 2018 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