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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module LAW52530: International and European Environmental Law

Department: Law

LAW52530: International and European Environmental Law

Type Open Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2007/08
Tied to M1K216 & M1K516


  • None


  • Fundamentals of International Law (LAW52245)

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice underpinning key areas of environmental law. To that end, international and European law, and the interplay between them, will be examined, in order to provide an overview of the functioning and practical effect of environmental law and policy.


  • (i) a general introduction to environmental law and policy;
  • (ii) studies of International and European law in the following areas:
  • regulating environmental media: command and control - sectoral approaches;
  • integrated pollution prevention and control;
  • alternative regulatory strategies.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • an understanding of the history and evolution of environmental law and policy;
  • an understanding of sectoral and cross-sectoral regulation of environmental media;
  • knowledge of future directions in environmental law and policy.
Subject-specific Skills:
Key Skills:

    Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

    • This study will require participation in a programme of seminars based on shared reading by participants. These seminars will facilitate debate and discussion on matters of legal controversy and will provide opportunities for participants to hone their skills in these areas. Participants will prepare short presentations to initiate the group discussion twice during the course furthering their development of research skills and their communication of that research.

    Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

    Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
    Seminars 15 Week with afew reading weeks 2 30
    Preparation and Reading 270
    Total 300

    Summative Assessment

    Component: Unseen Written Examination Component Weighting: 100%
    Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
    Unseen Written Examination 3 hours 100%

    Formative Assessment:

    One assignment of approximately 2,000 words in the Michaelmas Term.

    Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University