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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: School of Law Short Name: LIL503
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: MALCOLM RN Prof (Schl of Law)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability

Autumn Semester

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment

Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)



Oral Presentation


Qualifying Condition(s)
Overall mark of 50%

Module Overview
This module considers the role of environmental law at EC level and views the influence of EC Environmental law and policy in the international arena as well as at member state level. It considers key principles such as the precautionary approach and sustainability and examines some key areas of substantive law


Module Aims

To gain an understanding of EC Environmental Law and Policy

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module the student will be able:

  • To understand key concepts of environmental law such as sustainable development and its contextual relevance
  • To identify the role of the EC on the global stage in the protection of the environment
  • To balance competing interests such as trade and the environment
  • To understand key principles, such as the precautionary principle, and their relevance to the politics, trade and commerce
  • To understand key substantive areas of EC law and their application on a global stage and their implementation in a national setting
Module Content
  • Concepts, Science, politics, economics and the environment, sustainable development. History and development of Environmental Law. The role of the European Community and the Environmental Principles of EC Environmental Law
  • Environment and Trade in the EU
  • Land Use and Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Conservation of nature
  • EC Climate Change Law and Policy
  • EC Waste Law: take-back legislation: producer responsibility
Methods of Teaching/Learning

6 x 3hr Seminars

Teaching will follow a dual approach. In every session the lecturer will give some pointers highlighting the main issues that must be studied. This will be followed by discussion with students on the reading. Some questions will be given out by the lecturer to guide the discussion. Learning will be achieved not only by preparing the lectures but by some parallel activities that will foster the interest of the students for the topic. The viewing and discussion of films related to EC topics, the attendance at seminars given by EC environmental law specialists and further activities linked to the presence of the different research groups within the School of Law will benefit the student's learning.

Selected Texts/Journals

J. Holder, Environmental protection, law and policy: text and materials, 2nd ed, Cambridge University Press, 2007
R. Macrory, Reflections on 30 years of EU environmental law: a high level of protection?, Europa Law Publishing, 2006
M. Lee, EU environmental Law: Challenges, Change and Decision-making, Hart, 2005
M. Hedemann-Robinson, Enforcement of European Union Environmental Law: Legal issues and Challenges, Routledge-Cavendish, 2007
L. Krämer, EC environmental law, 6th, [rev. and updated] ed, Sweet & Maxwell, 2007
P. Wennerås, The enforcement of EC environmental law, Oxford University Press, 2007.
P.G.G. Davis, European Union Environmental Law: An Introduction to Key Selected Issues, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2004.

European Environmental Law Review
Journal of Environmental Law
Yearbook of European Environmental Law
Environmental Law Review
Journal of Planning and Environmental Law

Essential Reading
P.G.G. Davies, European Union Environmental Law: An Introduction to Key Selected Issues, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd, 2004.

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