LAWS 4007 International Environmental Law
Credit Points 10
Legacy Code 200801
Coordinator Maria Gurlica Opens in new window
Description This course provides a general introduction to international environmental law and policy. We will begin by exploring the economic, political, and legal concepts relevant to international environmental treaty regimes. We will then apply these concepts to concrete regimes designed to deal with specific international environmental problems, such as ozone depletion, transboundary air pollution, freshwater resources, marine pollution, world heritage, human rights, biodiversity and habitat loss. The course focuses principally on the dynamic of treaties, negotiations, and state and non-state actors in the international arena. Comparative approaches to national implementation, on selected issues, will also be covered.
Discipline International Law
Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp
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Level Undergraduate Level 4 subject
Pre-requisite(s) LAWS 2008
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a grasp of the fundamental concepts and principles of International Environmental Law.
- Critically evaluate the principal institutions and operation of the international legal system and demonstrate an understanding of the key actors, sources of law and dispute resolution processes.
- Apply concepts and principles of International Environmental Law to contemporary environmental issues and to problem solving.
- Undertake independent research and analysis to produce a written essay that demonstrates an understanding of application of International Environmental Law in a defined context that is clear, analytical, appropriately structured and referenced.
1. Development of International Environmental Law
3. Oceans and Seas
4. Freshwater Resources
5. Biodiversity and Wildlife Conservation
6. Human Rights and Environment
7. World Heritage
The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.
|Presentation||15 minutes (plus 5 minutes question time)||40||N||Individual|
|Report||1500 words (72 hours)||45||N||Individual|
- Phillipe Sands and Jacqueline Peel, Principles of International Environmental Law (Cambridge University Press, 4th Ed, 2018).
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Subject Contact Maria Gurlica Opens in new window