Environmental Law

Environmental law concerns environmental protection and ecologically sustainable development. Global issues include the destruction of ecosystems, biodiversity and climate change.

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Subject overview

We have one of the world’s largest environmental law programmes, with a number of courses offered at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. In addition to staff teaching in the LLM (Environmental) programme, Auckland Law School invites top scholars from around the world to teach intensive courses in the climate change law, biodiversity law, ocean governance, human rights and the environment, and other areas of environmental law.

Auckland Law School is home to the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law (NZCEL), which includes membership from the Faculty of Law and the School of Planning and Architecture, as well as academics from the University of Canterbury and the University of Waikato. A focal-point of research has been the interface between sustainable development and law and governance.

New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law (NZCEL)

We offer two papers in environmental law in part IV of the undergraduate LLB

  • Global Environmental Law
  • Resource Management Law

Where can Environmental Law take you?

Graduates may find employment as environmental consultants, legal practitioners, in-house counsel and policy analysts within law firms, environmental and non-government organisations, business and industry, and central and local government.

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