Module leader: Dr Aleksandra Cavoski
This course provides an introduction to some of the key issues in environmental law and regulation. The course is 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 examines 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.
I particularly liked Environmental Law because the lecturer was very friendly, helpful and approachable. Her enthusiasm and interesting lectures particularly fuelled my interest in this area especially because it is such an important topic which affects everyone in the world and I believe pollution is something that we should try to decrease."
My favourite module has been Environmental law, first and foremost this has been due the module leader who has gone above and beyond what is required of a lecturer, she tailors the support she gives to each individual student and has been very approachable and importantly encouraging when I have requested help with the module."