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LAWS8060 – Energy and Natural Resources Law

2021 – Session 2, Special circumstances, Other

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Some classes/teaching activities cannot be moved online and must be taught on campus. You should already know if you are in one of these classes/teaching activities and your unit convenor will provide you with more information via iLearn. If you want to confirm, see the list of units with mandatory on-campus classes/teaching activities.

Visit the MQ COVID-19 information page for more detail.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor
Tina Soliman Hunter
6 First Walk, Office 444
6-7pm Thursday
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to JD or LLM or MIntTrdeComLaw or MSusDev
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit introduces students to energy and resources law and governance, a burgeoning and specialised field of law. The unit explores the legal response of states, international institutions and other relevant global actors to regulate the transboundary aspects of energy and resources law. Students will cover the historical development of the law, the need for cooperation, and the effectiveness of sustainable development in energy and resources law. Several important regimes are explored in addition to pivotal domestic and international case law and arbitration decisions. Students will be required to analyse the law within contemporary socio-legal and economic events and conditions impacting on the discipline.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Articulate a thorough understanding of the basic functions and overarching principles of energy and resources law from national, international and sustainable perspectives.
  • ULO2: Describe and analyse the key institutions and actors involved in energy and resources law, and their respective roles in establishing and maintaining governance in the energy and resources sector.
  • ULO3: Construct and evaluate arguments that survey the effectiveness of law in energy and resources, having regard to climate change, sustainability and political influence.
  • ULO4: Produce recommendations for law reform and/or further research which may be required to address national and global issues in energy and resources law.
  • ULO5: Critically examine and articulate intersections and interactions between energy and resources law and other disciplines.

General Assessment Information

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved,

(a) a penalty for lateness will apply – 10 marks out of 100 credit will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and

(b) no assignment will be accepted seven days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
In class participation 20% No Ongoing
Take home assessment 40% No 23:59 17/09/2021
Professional Writing 40% No 23:59 12/11/2021

In class participation

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 12 hours
Due: Ongoing
Weighting: 20%

 

Students will prepare and participate in relevant discussion and fora during tutorials including resolving problem based tasks

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Articulate a thorough understanding of the basic functions and overarching principles of energy and resources law from national, international and sustainable perspectives.
  • Describe and analyse the key institutions and actors involved in energy and resources law, and their respective roles in establishing and maintaining governance in the energy and resources sector.
  • Construct and evaluate arguments that survey the effectiveness of law in energy and resources, having regard to climate change, sustainability and political influence.
  • Produce recommendations for law reform and/or further research which may be required to address national and global issues in energy and resources law.
  • Critically examine and articulate intersections and interactions between energy and resources law and other disciplines.

Take home assessment

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: 23:59 17/09/2021
Weighting: 40%

 

Students will submit responses to questions based on a hypothetical scenario

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Articulate a thorough understanding of the basic functions and overarching principles of energy and resources law from national, international and sustainable perspectives.
  • Describe and analyse the key institutions and actors involved in energy and resources law, and their respective roles in establishing and maintaining governance in the energy and resources sector.
  • Construct and evaluate arguments that survey the effectiveness of law in energy and resources, having regard to climate change, sustainability and political influence.
  • Produce recommendations for law reform and/or further research which may be required to address national and global issues in energy and resources law.
  • Critically examine and articulate intersections and interactions between energy and resources law and other disciplines.

Professional Writing

Assessment Type 1: Professional writing
Indicative Time on Task 2: 35 hours
Due: 23:59 12/11/2021
Weighting: 40%

 

Students will prepare a written response to a contemporary problem in the energy and resources sector.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Articulate a thorough understanding of the basic functions and overarching principles of energy and resources law from national, international and sustainable perspectives.
  • Describe and analyse the key institutions and actors involved in energy and resources law, and their respective roles in establishing and maintaining governance in the energy and resources sector.
  • Construct and evaluate arguments that survey the effectiveness of law in energy and resources, having regard to climate change, sustainability and political influence.
  • Produce recommendations for law reform and/or further research which may be required to address national and global issues in energy and resources law.
  • Critically examine and articulate intersections and interactions between energy and resources law and other disciplines.

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

A. LECTURES

Lectures are pre-recorded will be loaded on the iLearn page each week in conjunction with the accompanying PowerPoint slides. Lectures will be available in weeks 1 - 13.  The schedule of topics to be covered in the lectures, required readings, and supplementary resources will be available in detail on iLearn.

A list of covered topics is provided below in the Unit Schedule.

Weekly one hour tutorials begin in Week 2 and finish in Week 13 and all tutorial questions will be posted on iLearn. 

Students require access to a computer and a secure and reliable internet provider to access materials.

B. Prescribed Text

Tina Soliman-Hunter, Ignacio Herrera-Anchustegui, Penelope Crossley, and Gloria Alvarez, Routledge Handbook of Energy Law (Routledge, 2020). this is available through Leganto as an e-book. 

C. Other Readings

All other readings will be posted to ilearn each week, and will be available in Leganto 

Unit Schedule

Week No./ commencing

Topic  

Lecture Release Date

Online Seminar

1 (31)

26th July

Topic 1: Introduction to energy and resources law

  1. Introduction and overview of the subject
  2. Ownership of resources
  3. Concept of energy security
  4. Energy security in Australia

22 July

Discussion Questions for Topic 1; Discussion of Assessment

2 (32)

2nd August

Topic 2: International law/governance relating to ENR

  1. International law for energy and resources - transboundary harm, climate change, environment, sustainable development goals, sustainability/Brundtland, UNGA resolution relating to sovereignty over resources
  2. Energy Charter Treaty, Internatinal Energy Charter
  3. Concept of Lex Petrolea
  4. Oil spill regulation
  5. Regional arrangements- the example of OSPAR

29 July

 

3 (33)

9th August

Topic 3: Transboundary issues in energy and resource development*

  1. Case Study - Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD)
  2. Fisheries - Barents fishing agreement
  3. Transboundary petroleum development

Norway/UK

Norway/Russia

5 August

Discussion Questions for Topic 2 and 3 AND Discussion on Written Assessment 1

4 (34)

16th August

Topic 4: Onshore petroleum law and governance

  1. Conventional
  2. Unconventional -fracking, etc

12 August

 

5 (35)

23rd August

NOT A LECTURE – HELD AS SEMINAR: (Guest - Gavin Scott, Norton Rose)

Topic 5: Indigenous issues in energy and resource development

  1. Consent/FPIC
  2. ILUAs/native title
  3. Cultural Heritage

19 August

Both UG and PG ONLINE SEMINAR: Thursday 26 August 7-9pm

6 (36)

30th August

Topic 6: Offshore energy and resources law

  1. UNCLOS
  2. Oil and gas -regulating access and operations
  3. Offshore minerals development
  4. Deep seabed mining
  5. Renewable resources- IIA Fishing

 

 

7 (37)

6th September

Topic 7: The energy transition

  1. Climate change
  2. Net-zero emissions
  3. Shift to Low Carbon Energy (LCE)

2 September

Discussion Questions for Topic 4, 6, 7

 

SEMESTER BREAK

 

 

8 (40)

27th September

Topic 8: VRE and the energy transition in Australia*

  1. Changing state intervention (the concept of the commanding heights)
  2. VRE in the NEM
  3. Energy Storage
  4. Hydrogen and ammonia
  5. Technology Roadmap and The role of ARENA

23 September

 

9 (41)

4th October

Topic 9: Fossil fuel alternatives and global energy

  1. Wind and solar energy
  2. Hydropower
  3. Nuclear energy
  4. Social issues associated with non-fossil fuel energy sources

30 September

Discussion questions for topic 8 and 9, AND

Written Assessment 2

 

 

10 (42)

11th October

Topic 10: Energy and resource development and conflict

  1. Land use conflict- CSG/SG, solar farms, wind turbines (Guest Lecture by Dr Madeline Taylor)
    1. Conflict commodities- critical minerals, diamonds

7 October

 

11 (43)

18th October

Topic 11: Mineral resources law and governance

  1. Bulk commodities (case study: third party access to facilities)
  2. Critical minerals
  3. Australian resources statements

14 October

Community Consultation

Nuclear Power Station  (Topic 9) +

Discussion Questions Topic 10

12 (44)

25th October

Topic 12: Governance of renewable natural resources

  1. Forestry
  2. Agriculture (cropping and pasture)
  3. Fisheries
  4. Other

21 October

 

13 (45)

1st November

Topic 13: Future directions in energy and resources law and governance

  1. Climate change and net-zero emissions
  2. Conflict over land use
  3. Petroleum
  4. Mining
  5. Water

28 October

Discussion Questions for Topic 11 and 12

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Results

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Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

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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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Databases and Readings

All of the statutory provisions referred to in each Topic may be accessed via Austlii or Casebase

Most of the Australian cases referred to in each topic can be accessed via the Macquarie University law reports databases:

https://libguides.mq.edu.au/law/Cases

English cases in the authorised reports can be accessed through the ICLR database:

https://www-iclr-co-uk.simsrad.net.ocs.mq.edu.au/search/fullSearch

Where a case is not available through the on-line databases a scanned copy will be made available on the iLearn Page (Leganto).