Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Distance Learning

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Other Private study on DL units; Preparation and submission of written assignment; Additional research and private study


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Module Assessment  Written Assignment of 5,000 words  100%

Brief description

The aim of this module is to provide a foundation in law as it relates to the environment for those students who have not studied law before. It assumes a basic understanding of environmental principles and helps the student to understand how these can be employed in a legal context to give effect to environmental objectives. The module covers the process of legislation; the role of the common law and the courts in environmental protection; and implementation and enforcement of environmental law. The emphasis throughout is on the relationship between science, law and policy development and the student is invited to consider the limitations and advantages of various measures designed to achieve environmental ends.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Alder, John Environmental Law and Ethics Document 24. Read pp. 146-187 (1999 edition) Macmillan Primo search Barnett Constitutional and administrative law Document 9. Read - 4th Edition, pp. 852-855 edition 4th Cavendish Primo search Clarkson, Christopher Criminal Law Document 10. Read: 4th Edition (1998), pp. 192-214 edition 4th Sweet & Maxwell Primo search Day, Martyn Environmental action Document 8. Read: pp.185-215 (1998) Pluto Press Primo search Harris Introduction to Law Document 6. read - 6th Edition edition 6th Butterworths Primo search Jewell Law in environmental decision-making Document 11. Read - Robinson, David; 1998 Regulatory Evolution in Pollution Control. Clarendon Press Primo search Kramer, Ludwig EC Treaty and Environmental Law Document 23. Read: pp. 51-81 (3rd edition) edition 3r.e. Sweet & M. Primo search Loveland, Ian Constitutional Law Document 2. Read - 2nd edition, pp. 115-127 edition 2r.e. Butterworth Primo search O'Riordan Transition to Sustainability Document 22. Read: pp.156-173 (Voisey H., and O'Riordan T., Sustainable Development: the UK National Approach) Earthscan Primo search Redclift, Michael Development and the Environmental Crisis Document 16. Read: chapters 1 & 7 Methuen Primo search Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution Report Document 13. Read: 13th Report (1992) pp. 140-160 and 267-270 HMSO Primo search Shears James' introduction to English law Document 7. Read - 13th Edition, pp. 56-79 Butterworths Primo search Smith, P.F. Smith and Bailey on the Modern English Legal System Document 3. Read - 3rd Edition, pp. 289-305 edition 3r.e. Sweet & M. Primo search Stone, Christopher D. Should Trees Have Standing? Document 19 W.Kaufmann,U.S. Primo search Social Theory and the Global Environment Document 18. Read: Jacobs, Michael; 'The Limits to Neoclassicism: Towards an Institutional Environmental Economics', pp. 67-91. Routledge Primo search Columbia Journal of Environmental Law Document 14. read - Ackerman, Bruce and Stewart, Richard; 1988, Reforming Environmental Law: The Democratic Case for Market Incentives Vol. 13 pp. 172-199. Article not available online. Harvard Environmental Law Review Document 15. Read: Mintz, Joel; 1991, Economic Reform of Environmental Protection: A Brief Comment on a Recent Debate Vol. 15 pp. 149 Article not available online. Inquiry Document 17. Read: Naess, Arne; 1973, 'The Shallow and the Deep, Long-Range Ecology Movement. A Summary, in: Vol. 16, 1973, pp. 95-100. Article not available online. Journal of Environmental Law Document 1. Read: R v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, ex parte Duddridge (1995) JEL 224 Journal of Environmental Law Document 20. Read: Thornton, Justine and Tromans, Stephen; 1999, Human Rights and Environmental Wrongs in Vol. 11 No 1, pp. 35-57. Available online via Swetswise and via Lexis Journal of planning and environmental law Document 25. Read: Millichap, D.; Sustainability: A Long Established Concern of Planning, 1993, pp.1111-1119. Journal of planning and environmental law Document 26. Read: Winter, P; Planning and Sustainability: An Examination of the Planning System as an Instrument for the Delivery of Sustainable Development, 1994, pp.883-900 Law and Policy Document 12. Read - Sinclair, Darren; 1997, Self-Regulation Versus Command and Control? Beyond False Dichotomies, October 1997, pp.529-559 Pollution Prevention & Control Act (Hansard) Documents 5: Part B - The second reading and debate in the House of Lords; Part C An extract from the second reading from the House of Commons; Part D An extract from the Committee Stage of the House of Commons is extracted (internet editions) Public General Acts Document 4. Read: The explanatory notes to the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999 published by H.M.S.O (internet edition). Public General Acts Document 5 a). Read: Part A Pollution Prevention & Control Act 1999, sections 1 & 2. The EU Treaty Document 21. Read: The EU Treaty (as amended by the Amsterdam Treaty), Articles 2, 3, 6, 174, 249
Supplementary Text
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This module is at CQFW Level 7