Environmental Law (M3102)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn and spring teaching

Can law protect the environment?

This module introduces you to the role of law in decision-making processes which affect environmental quality and the use and conservation of natural resources.

You will gain an understanding of the role of law at national, EU and international levels. You also look at what makes environmental problems distinctive and key issues such as: how can we set legal standards for the environment?

Can we tell industry or individuals what to do, or should we incentivise behaviour by using economic tools or by disclosing information? Should we criminalise environmentally harmful behaviour or should we try to work with polluters to clean up and prevent problems in the future?

What rights do we, or future generations, or perhaps even the environment itself, have in relation to the environment? How far should we make those responsible for environmental harm pay for this? What role should the courts play in the development of environmental law?


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 48 hours of contact time and 252 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2017/18. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: