Postgraduate

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LAW8555 : Environmental Impact Assessment Law and Practice (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

This course will introduce students to the theory of Environmental Impact Assessment and its potential as a tool of environmental management. It will complement the theoretical study of EIA with a consideration of how EIA has been implemented in EC law and in the UK though development planning, development control and other consent procedures. It will consider, in particular, how and to what extent EIA can improve the quality of decision making about projects affecting the environment, and how (and to what extent) it can and does improve public participation in decision making and "empower" local communities to take greater control of the environment in their communities.

It will compare and contrast EIA with Strategic Environmental Assessment of development plans and public projects. The module will use a case study of a real EIA, using planning documents, to examine the changes in decision making about the environment brought about by EIA as a tool of development planning.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. The theory of EIA; structure and impact on the culture of administrative decision making.

2. The European EIA Directive.

3. Transposition of European Law into UK law and planning procedures, EIA in English law.

4. EIA in the Courts; interpretation of the Directive by the European Court of Justice, and by the
English courts.

5. Case Studies of EIA in Practice – the Cairngorm Funicular EIA, and the subsequent litigation in
WWF v Secretary of State for Scotland (1999), and the Trump International Golf Links EIA.

6. Strategic Environmental Assessment ("SEA").

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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