Environmental Law in Action

Module code: 842M3
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework, Essay

This module is taken alongside (in alternate weeks), and complements, the module Environmental Governance: Rights and Regulation.

The module aims to give you a grounding in the operation of environmental law in a range of practical contexts, including in relation to environmental law reform, environmental law activism, and environmental dispute resolution (including litigation).

We will consider the role of both lawyers and non-lawyers in these processes at the international, regional, national and comparative levels, and use real-world examples to deepen your understanding.

The module also aims to provide you with a platform from which you can better appreciate, and better critique, the law as it is considered in the modules studied in spring term, and in your dissertation.

Module learning outcomes

  • Recognise and critically appreciate a range of salient issues in relation to the operation of environmental law in practice, and the potential range of stakeholders involved.
  • Critically analyse and assess the role and contribution of law and lawyers (and non-lawyers) in practice in addressing environmental problems and environmental disputes.
  • Critically evaluate the effectiveness in practice of involving law and legal processes and institutions in environmental decision-making and dispute-solving.
  • Demonstrate the ability to construct a briefing paper on a topic of law reform or dispute settlement, relevant to an issue of contemporary environmental significance, and to be interrogated in an oral presentation on the recommendations made in this paper.