Environmental Law in Action

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

This module is taken alongside and complements the Environmental Governance: Rights and Regulation module.

You gain a grounding in the operation of environmental law in a range of practical contexts, including in relation to:

  • environmental law reform
  • environmental law activism
  • environmental dispute resolution (including litigation).

You'll examine the role of lawyers and non-lawyers in these processes. You consider them at international, regional, national and comparative levels.

We use real-world examples to deepen your understanding, so you can better appreciate and critique the law as considered in your spring term modules and 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.