Environmental Law and Governance

Module code: 854M3
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay

This module gives you a grounding in some of the most topical and challenging and foundational debates in environmental law. These include the role of rights and justice frameworks in relation to environmental law, as well as key debates in environmental legal regulation.

The aim is to provide you with a platform from which to better appreciate some of the central tensions and dynamics in the study of environmental law generally. You will have the opportunity to submit formative work for feedback and follow up as appropriate.

Module learning outcomes

  • Identify and critically evaluate some of the central debates and tensions in environmental rights and regulation, and the role of law in shaping and addressing these.
  • Critically analyse the relationship between environmental decision-making and the policy objectives that it seeks to implement and critically analyse and evaluate particular legal provisions in relation to underlying policy goals.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the particular policy challenges and legal provisions concerning the natural environment and be able to compare, contrast and assess the different approaches used.
  • Demonstrate their critical understanding and appreciation of environmental governance and the role that rights and regulation play within this through a short term paper