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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3142E: Introduction to Environmental Law

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


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (12 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Catherine Caine (Convenor)


Students must be on one of the following programmes:

  • INBOUND Semester
  • INBOUND Semester 2
  • One Semester Flexible Combined Honours 
  • OAS Law (Dresden) 
  • One Semester Law


Available via distance learning


The protection of the environment is becoming the pivotal policy concern of our age, and the manner in which law plays a vital role in influencing policies and addressing environmental disruption, will be of integral importance.  In this module you will be provided with both a theoretical and practical foundation in environmental law, and you will also reach beyond and delve into the critical and substantive issues affecting its regulation today. How can we understand the role of law in the protection of the environment? What role does justice play in managing the commons? What are the key developments and cases in the national planning framework?  How is the pressing concern of climate change dealt with on an international level, and are prevention measures enforceable? These questions and more will be posed, allowing you to interrogate some of the pivotal global predicaments of our time, always in terms of law’s response.  You will be in direct contact with the main issues in national, supra-national and international environmental sector regulation, environmental justice, and critical perspectives surrounding debates in environmental regulation.

This module is recommended to those wishing to specialise in environmental law in the future, and also those who wish to gain a greater interdisciplinary understanding of environmental regulation.

Please note, students must be on one of the following programmes:

  • INBOUND Semester 1
  • INBOUND Semester 2
  • One Semester Flexible Combined Honours
  • OAS Law (Dresden)
  • One Semester Law
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