Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Environmental Law
Academic Year
Semester 2
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 22 x 1 Hour Lectures
Seminar 3 x 2 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Negotiation Exercise  The exercise will involve some element of role-play as students will take on the 'roles' of a particular interest group  33%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Exam  Candidates are not permitted to bring any books, notes or any other materials into the examination.  67%
Supplementary Assessment Negotiation Exercise  If negotiation exercise  33%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   Exam  - if exam element failed. Candidates are not permitted to bring any books, notes or any other materials into the examination.  67%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, through attendance at lectures, preparation for and participation in seminars and the carrying out of written coursework, students should have developed:

  • A knowledge and understanding of, and the interrelationship between, the system of environmental law and policy at the international, EU and domestic level; uncover and explore the issues of law, the environment, economics and social policy which are inherent in the question of environmental protection; and develop her/his own critical analysis of the existing system in relation to alternative models of environmental protection.
  • Good time-management skills in preparing for seminars and submitting work on time.
  • The ability to find, read and evaluate relevant hard-copy and electronic sources for seminars, course works and exams, for which credit will be given in the assessments.
  • Ability to work in groups and oral presentation skills: some of the seminars will run as workshops in which students work in small groups and organise a short presentation.

Brief description

Environmental law and policy forms a point of convergence for the forces produced by environmentalism, economics and the imperatives of justice and fairness amongst others. As well as involving profound issues confronting humanity it also forms an important area of specialism for legal practitioners.

Each part of the course seeks to facilitate the student not just in learning the law but also in uncovering and critically analysing the concepts, principles and policies informing and moving the law in this area.

Environmental law & policy at the domestic level is hugely influenced by European Community and International law, and, attention is therefore paid to the role of these.

Environmental Law tends to be in a state of rapid flux, so emphasis is placed not only on the law as it stands, but also on policy and legislative trends so that students can see the direction in which the subject is moving. The course helps to give students some insight into the importance of economic, social and political pressures in law-making.


This module aims to explore international environmental law and policy, and UK environmental protection law, together with certain aspects of EC environmental law. It contributes to the development of lawyers equipped to give practical and effective advice in this area. In seeking to assist students to develop their own analysis of the environmental, economic, social and other issues underlying this area of law, the module contributes to the preparation of students to proceed to carry out further social and/or legal research.


The course will be taught by lectures and seminars. It is intended that the lectures will introduce the student to the essential elements of the subject and provide some critical analysis upon which the student can build her or his reading in preparation for the seminars.
Seminars will provide the opportunity for a more detailed examination of important topics. Students will be expected to participate in a reasoned discussion. The seminars are seen as essential to the promotion of skills in information gathering, selection and retention, and to giving students an opportunity to present structured, persuasive and logical arguments. Students are also expected to provide solutions to legal problems.


1.0: International Law and the Environment
2.0 Environmental Principles and Compliance Mechanisms
3.0 Pollution Control
4.0 Nature Conservation Law


This module is at CQFW Level 6