LAW8053 : Law and Global Environmental Challenges

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


• To provide students with thorough understanding and knowledge of a range of different legal responses to global environmental challenges;
• To develop students’ understanding of key concepts underlying protection of the environment on the global level, principles of international law as it affects the environment and principles of international environmental law
• To stimulate students’ awareness of contemporary global environmental challenges;
• To establish a critical understanding of the main regulatory and legal concepts and instruments concerned with environmental responses on the global level ;
• To develop students’ capacity for critical analysis and problem solving;
• To develop students’ research skills through the preparation of coursework and class presentations;
• To encourage student-driven learning;
• To enable students to analyse critically the relationship between international law and policy and environmental protection.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to basic concepts and principles

a. Sources of international environmental law
b. Principles of international environmental law
c. Rights and duties of states
d. The role of environmental treaties
e. The role played by international courts and tribunals

2. Specific global environmental challenges and legal responses

a. air pollution
b. law of the sea
c. climate change and climate change liability
d. biodiversity
e. the relationship between human rights and the environment
f. international trade and the environment
g. procedural environmental law

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching152:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1016:00160:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module emphasises student learning by reading and evaluating primary sources and a wide range of contemporary literature in a fast-changing area of law and policy. This is best fulfilled by seminars for which the students do substantial prior reading in which clarification and development of knowledge and analysis can be achieved.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1352A673 out of 6 questions
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M332000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The emphasis in the module is on the cumulative acquisition and understanding of a wide range of knowledge in a complex legal area. The combination of coursework and exam will give students the opportunity to demonstrate a wider range of knowledge, the ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise the different aspects of international law and environmental protection and to apply their understanding and skills to problem-solving.

Reading Lists