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LAWS8052 – Trade and Environment Law

2021 – Session 1, Special circumstances

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Shawkat Alam
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(Admission to JD and 80cp in LAWS or LAW units at 6000 level or above) or (admission to LLM or MIntTrdeComLaw)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit examines the ways in which trade and environment issues are addressed in a variety of international legal instruments, ranging from, the United Nations through to global and regional free trade agreements. It provides an overview of international institutions, policies and instruments such as the UN, GATT, the WTO, NAFTA, the World Bank and the IMF as they relate to environmental issues. It also, where appropriate, compares the achievements of one legal instrument with those of others in the area of trade and the environment. It particularly focuses on the interests and concerns of developing countries on this pressing issue.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Explain and critique linkages between international environmental law and international trade law through an enquiring, critical and creative approach to the existing debates and tensions surrounding the trade-environment nexus.
  • ULO2: Critique key institutions and actors through which international environmental law and international trade law interact.
  • ULO3: Explain and critically assess how law, politics and the self-interest of nation-states play a critical role in the inter-relationship of trade, environment and sustainable development.
  • ULO4: Evaluate the relationship between trade-related economic growth and the environmental impacts in the pursuit for sustainable development, especially as related to the interests of developing countries.
  • ULO5: Assess where the relationship between international environmental law and international trade law can be expected to develop in the future, especially having regard to the objectives of sustainable development and making recommendations for policy development and institutional reform.

General Assessment Information

Late Submission Penalty

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – two (2) marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Research Assignment 30% No 22 March 11:30pm
Synopsis 10% No 22 April 11:30pm
Research Paper 50% No 16 June 11:30pm
Class Participation 10% No Ongoing

Research Assignment

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 25 hours
Due: 22 March 11:30pm
Weighting: 30%

Students will provide a written response to a set question designed to stimulate inquiry into conceptual linkages underpinning the unit.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Explain and critique linkages between international environmental law and international trade law through an enquiring, critical and creative approach to the existing debates and tensions surrounding the trade-environment nexus.
  • Critique key institutions and actors through which international environmental law and international trade law interact.

Synopsis

Assessment Type 1: Literature review
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: 22 April 11:30pm
Weighting: 10%

Students will outline their research topic, including literature review.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Explain and critique linkages between international environmental law and international trade law through an enquiring, critical and creative approach to the existing debates and tensions surrounding the trade-environment nexus.

Research Paper

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 50 hours
Due: 16 June 11:30pm
Weighting: 50%

Research paper on topic identified in the Synopsis.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Explain and critique linkages between international environmental law and international trade law through an enquiring, critical and creative approach to the existing debates and tensions surrounding the trade-environment nexus.
  • Critique key institutions and actors through which international environmental law and international trade law interact.
  • Explain and critically assess how law, politics and the self-interest of nation-states play a critical role in the inter-relationship of trade, environment and sustainable development.
  • Evaluate the relationship between trade-related economic growth and the environmental impacts in the pursuit for sustainable development, especially as related to the interests of developing countries.
  • Assess where the relationship between international environmental law and international trade law can be expected to develop in the future, especially having regard to the objectives of sustainable development and making recommendations for policy development and institutional reform.

Class Participation

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 12 hours
Due: Ongoing
Weighting: 10%

Students will be required to contribute to in class and/or online discussions, debates and other class activities


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Explain and critique linkages between international environmental law and international trade law through an enquiring, critical and creative approach to the existing debates and tensions surrounding the trade-environment nexus.
  • Critique key institutions and actors through which international environmental law and international trade law interact.
  • Explain and critically assess how law, politics and the self-interest of nation-states play a critical role in the inter-relationship of trade, environment and sustainable development.
  • Evaluate the relationship between trade-related economic growth and the environmental impacts in the pursuit for sustainable development, especially as related to the interests of developing countries.
  • Assess where the relationship between international environmental law and international trade law can be expected to develop in the future, especially having regard to the objectives of sustainable development and making recommendations for policy development and institutional reform.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

This unit is delivered as a block mode. There will be a pre-recorded lecture for each weekly topic and face to face instructions during intensive sessions online via zoom for two days in April 2021. 

Further information about the course will be available on the unit iLearn page from the start of the semester.  

All assessments are to be submitted online using the Turnitin links provided on the unit iLearn page.

REQUIRED TEXT

The required text for this course is the IISD and UNEP, Environment and Trade: A Handbook - Second Edition. It is available online at <http://www.iisd.org/publications/pub.aspx?pno=754>

 

 

Lectures will be pre-recorded rather than live and uploaded on Echo360. 

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Results

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Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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