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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3200: Environmental Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

While the module’s precise content and syllabus may vary each year, it is anticipated that it will cover the following topics:

Foundations of Environmental Law

- Values, Principles and Concepts

- Sources and Institutions

- Regulation, Compliance and Enforcement

- Public Participation and the Aarhus Convention


Critical Perspectives in Environmental Law

- Nature Conservation Law

- Environmental Rights

- Air Pollution Regulation

- Climate Law, Policy & Justice 

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities2211 x 2 hour lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities4.53 x 1.5 hour workshops
Guided independent study54General reading for the module
Guided independent study27Workshop preparation
Guided independent study42.5Assessment preparation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Other Learning Resources

Birnie, Boyle and Redgwell, International Law & the Environment (4th edn, OUP 2018)

Fisher, Lange and Scotford, Environmental Law: Text, Cases and Materials (2nd edn, OUP 2019)

Sands and Peel, Principles of International Environmental Law, (4th edn.,CUP 2018)  

Sample Journal Articles & Contributions to Edited Volumes:

N. Gunningham, ‘Enforcing Environmental Regulation’ (2011) Journal of Environmental Law 23 (2): 169-201

S. Humphreys, ‘Competing claims: human rights and climate harms’ in Humphreys (Ed.), Human Rights and Climate Change (Cambridge University Press, 2010) Chapter 1 p37-66.

M. Lee and C, Abbot, ‘The usual suspects? Public participation under the Aarhus Convention’ (2003) 66 Modern Law Review 80- 108.

L. Rajamani, ‘The 2015 Paris Agreement: Interplay Between Hard, Soft and Non-Obligations’ (2016) 28 Journal of Environmental Law 337–358.

C. Reid and W. Nsoh, 'The Privatisation of Biodiversity?' (Edward Elgar, 2016) Chapter 9: Reflections pp.253-260.

A. Venn ‘Social Justice and Climate Change’ in T. M. Letcher (Ed.) Managing Global Warming: An interface between technology and human issues (Elsevier, 2018) Chapter 24 pp.711-723.

Yamineva and Romppanen, ‘Is law failing to address air pollution? Reflections on international and EU developments’ (2017) RECIEL, 26(3) 189-200.