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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2146: Climate Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Kim Bouwer (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Climate change presents a significant social and existential challenge, and is interesting to study from a legal perspective to interrogate how law can be used to shape and enforce climate change mitigation, but to determine legal responses to changing social risks, and how lawyers can change their practices as climate conscious lawyers. What does it mean to say that climate change is a global problem dealt with locally? What is the meaning of the term climate justice, and does it mean the same thing in all contexts? What is the relationship between climate change and the law? How will climate issues affect our understanding of risk and responsibility, and what role does law play in this changing understanding? This module examines the various dimensions of climate law across agencies and levels of governance, seeking to answer these questions and more.

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