LEGAL434-22A (HAM)

Environmental Law

15 Points

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Te Piringa - Faculty of Law

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Paper Description

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This paper examines the foundations and principles of environmental and resource management law, their expression in key areas (biodiversity, climate change, freshwater, and oceans), and the planning, adjudication and compliance techniques used to implement the law.

Te Piringa Faculty of Law places great emphasis on providing students with opportunities for high achievement in law papers. Attendance at lectures therefore recommended for satisfactory completion of the paper.

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Paper Structure

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This paper will be taught through a series of 12 lectures i.e. 1 two-hour lecture per week in A trimester.

In 2022 all papers offered by the Faculty (including this paper) will be available via FLEXI asynchronous learning, i.e. lectures is presented in person in the classroom it will also be recorded and made available for students to view afterwards.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Have a general knowledge of common law and statutory provisions relating to the New Zealand environment;
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  • Develop appropriate research and writing skills, and oral presentation skills relevant to this field of law;
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  • Be able to critically assess the efficiency and effectiveness of New Zealand environmental law and policy in its domestic, comparative, and international contexts;
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  • Be able to engage effectively in policy and plan preparation processes, statutory reform processes, and environmental conflict resolution to ensure that the law develops in a coherent and systems based way.
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Assessment

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The word limits for Assessments 1 and 2 are 2000 words each (excluding bibliography). While the bibliography is excluded from the word limit students should nevertheless include a bibliography at the end of each assignment.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignment 1
31 Mar 2022
12:00 PM
33
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Assignment 2
12 May 2022
12:00 PM
33
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Online Test
9 Jun 2022
9:00 PM
33
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Student Participation
10 Jun 2022
No set time
1
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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All law students are required to purchase, for use in all law papers, a copy of Coppard, McLay, Murray and Orpin-Dowell, New Zealand Law Style Guide, 3rd edition, Thomson Reuters (2018). This is available from Bennetts, at an approximate price of $37 including GST.

The Faculty of Law requires that students either access the course materials book(s) for this paper that are available for purchase from Waikato Print or via the online Waikato Reading Lists.

Copies of the required readings for this paper will also be provided on the paper site on Moodle (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz), the University of Waikato’s online learning system. Any such material is provided on the following terms:

University of Waikato owns the intellectual property rights, including copyright, in and to this site, or has acquired the necessary licenses to display the material on the site. As a student of the Te Piringa Faculty of Law, you are granted a limited license to use (access, display or print a single copy) the material from the papers in which you are enrolled for the purposes of participating in the paper only, provided the information is not modified. Materials may not under any circumstances be copied, stored, distributed or provided in any form or method whatsoever to any third party. Any other use of the material is prohibited. None of the material may be otherwise reproduced, reformatted, republished or re-disseminated in any manner or form without the prior written consent of University of Waikato. To obtain such consent, please contact the Te Piringa Faculty of Law.


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Recommended Readings

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Nolan Environmental Law and Resource Management Law (7th ed, LexisNexis, 2020)

This book will also be available for reference as a High Demand book in the Law Library. The online version of this book can also be accessed via the Lexis Advance database which is available via the Law Library webpage.


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Other Resources

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Further reading (optional)

Peter Salmon & David Grinlinton (eds) Environmental Law in New Zealand (2nd edn Thomson Reuters 2018)

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Online Support

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Online support for this paper is provided via Moodle.

If you require assistance with Moodle, or encounter any problems, please contact the Help Desk. You can send a message to Help Desk by using the instant message service in your paper (from the participants list within the People block). Alternatively, you can email them directly at help@waikato.ac.nz or call 838 4008.


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Workload

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Students should expect to spend 150 hours in total on this paper. In addition to lecture attendance, significant time will need to be spent on background and complementary reading. Students should allow for periods of more-focused research time in the preparation of assignments.


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Restricted papers: LAWS434, LEGAL535.

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