Biodiversity and Natural Resources Law (835M3)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

The module examines international and regional approaches to the legal protection of biodiversity and natural and cultural heritage. It also examines the way in which some national jurisdictions (emphasising the UK approach) deal with this type of protection. The module will include consideration of the natural science and non-legal social-science that deals with measuring rates of biodiversity loss and the optimum way to protect biodiversity and cultural heritage as well as the interlinking with other volitions for protection.

The aims of the module are:

  1. to provide a grounding in the relevant international, regional and some aspects of national law
  2. to provide a critical understanding of such law and the dynamics behind it
  3. to provide an understanding of the rationale behind approaches to protect biodiversity and heritage and the subject(s)’ relationship with other issues; and
  4. to develop skills of presentation and advocacy.


100%: Seminar


40%: Coursework (Presentation)
60%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 12 hours of contact time and 138 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. 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: