Advanced Topics in Environmental Law

Module code: M6102
Level 6
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay

This module builds on Foundations of Environmental Law and allows you to explore topics in environmental law and sustainability in more depth. These topics might include climate change and energy law; biodiversity and nature conservation; the role of the courts in relation to the environment; environmental law and governance reforms; international environmental law. The topics to be included will be made clear at the point that you make your option choices.


Students doing this module will normally be expected to have taken Foundations of Environmental Law.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an ability to identify and critically evaluate the main currents in decision-making in relation to a specific topic in environmental law, and of the role that law plays in the construction, regulation and/or resolution of disputes in relation to this
  • Critically analyse the relationship between environmental law and the policy objectives that it seeks to implement in a specific topic area, and evaluate particular legal regimes and provisions in relation to underlying policy goals in relation to that topic issue
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the ways in which, and extent to which, a specific topic area of environmental law is illustrative of the central tensions, and principal debates, in relation to environmental law and policy more generally.