Environmental Law

Law School

College of Arts and Law


Code 25048

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 1

Module description

The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to some of the key issues in environmental law and regulation. The course will be underpinned by the themes of sustainability, social justice and the potential (as well as the limits) of law to deliver environmental protection and sustainable development in a manner consistent with social justice. It will examine the development of environmental law, the policy dynamics that drive decision-making in the formulation of environmental laws and regulations, the principles underpinning environmental law and the different perspectives or theories that can be used both to provide an understanding of how environmental law functions at present as well as to set goals for future development of the law in this area. The course will provide students with an understanding of how the law seeks to regulate use of the environment, focusing on particular areas such as development control, pollution control, conservation of the built and natural environment, and risk assessment and management. The course will also focus on decision-making with regard to environmental matters, to include access to environmental information, public consultation and participation, and environmental litigation. The course will focus primarily on the system of environmental laws and regulations in the UK, but will also consider how this has been impacted by European and international environmental law. The broader themes and ideas underpinning the course will be explored by reference to examples taken from both the UK and other jurisdictions.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, Tutorials and Guided Independent Study.