Module Identifier ES30310  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Alan Bond  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Miss Ann Goddard, Dr Paul Street, Dr Alan Bond  
Mutually Exclusive LA37720  
Course delivery Lecture   22 Hours 22 x 1 hour  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours   100%  
  Resit assessment   2 hour written examination    
Further details  


Key: Alan Bond (AB)

  1. Law ? Habitual Normative Behaviour, Legal Principles and Hierarchies of Rules (PS)
  2. Elements of the UK Legal System in its Social and Legal Context (PS)
  3. The Sources and Principles of Environmental Law (PS)
  4. Nuisance and The Historical Failure of Common Law to Protect the Environment (PS)
  5. Introduction to Institutional Arrangements, Environmental policies and Principles (SG)
  6. The Range of Legal Techniques Used in Environmental Law (SG)
  7. Pollution on Land (SG)
  8. Water Pollution (SG)
  9. Air Pollution (SG)
  10. Assessing the Effectiveness of Law in Terrestrial Habitat Conservation (SG)
  11. Approaches to the Conservation of the Marine Environment, and the Problems Encountered (SG)
  12. Planning law and environmental impact assessment (SG)
  13. Explaining the value of Environmental Impact Assessment (AB)
  14. Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment (AB)
  15. EIA in the UK - the difference between an ideal process and EIA regulations (AB)
  16. EIA - deciding whether it is necessary? (AB)
  17. EIA - deciding what issues should be covered? (AB)
  18. The Environmental Impact Statement (AB)
  19. Maintaining quality in Environmental Impact Assessment (AB)
  20. EIA methods - how can you do it? (AB)
  21. EIA outside the UK (AB)
  22. Strategic Environmental Assessment - the impacts of policies, plans and programmes (AB)

Aims and objectives

This module aims to introduce students to selected aspects of the legal rules and principles governing the regulation in the UK of the built and natural environment. It also considers Environmental Impact Assessment which allows the prediction of likely damage to the built and natural environment due to proposed developments to be taken into account in decision making.

In addition to gaining knowledge of substantive UK environmental law, the module will examine some of the underlying policy issues related to environmental protection. Students will be expected to develop critical perspectives on substantive legal issues by considering the complex social, economic and political context in which these rules and principles exist. Because the course is delivered solely by 22 x 1 hour lectures, students will be expected to develop a deeper understanding of the subject, and the issues it raises, through independent learning and research that builds upon the recommended readings provided.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should   

Reading Lists

John Alder & David Wilkinson. (1999) Environmental Law and Ethics. Macmillan 033367491X
Stuart Bell & Donald McGillivray. (2000) Ball & Bell on environmental law: the law and policy relating to the protection of the environment. Blackstone Press 185431887X
John McEldowney and Sharon McEldowney. (2001) Environmental Law & Regulation. Blackstone Press 1841741140
John Glasson, Riki Therivel & Andrew Chadwick. (1999) Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment. UCL Press 1857289455