module specification

LL6051 - Environmental Law (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19
Module title Environmental Law
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
105 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 20%   Methodology Report (1,000 words)
Coursework 80%   Research Report (3,000 words)
Other 0%   In-class Activity (Presentation/Debate)
Running in 2018/19
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester City - -
Autumn semester City Monday Morning

Module summary

An overview of Environmental Law at the level of Domestic, International and European Law and a critical examination of the policy upon which it based . 

Module aims

To facilitate a critical approach to an understanding of environmental regulation and the policy upon which it is based at all levels of law making - the domestic, European and international. Also to encourage good methodology in researching these topics.


United Kingdom Environmental Law and an overview of European and International Law and Policy. The policy issues that dictate the scope and development of Environmental Law. The legislative framework of environmental regulation in the U.K. The bodies responsible for formulation and enforcing U.K environmental law.  European Community environmental law and policy. International environmental law and policy. Planning law. Nature conservation. The statutory regimes which regulate the pollution of land, air and water in the U.K.

Learning and teaching

Assessment based on a research report which requires wide reading both of hard copy sources and web based materials: with a critical conclusion, students are required to reflect on the subject matter and produce their own topics, in the form of a question posed, for research. The module is taught by workshops/seminars with students required to read from specified case law and legal journals.  There is a logical progression through a complex syllabus involving registered and unregistered rights.  Students are given the opportunity to discuss theoretical issues as well as practical problem solving.  Students are supported in undertaking on-line research using electronic law databases and encouraged to use Westlaw on a weekly basis. There is a virtual learning environment (VLE) containing handbooks, lecture notes, weblinks, and discussion groups, past assessments, study skills materials and assessment criteria.  Blended learning pervades the delivery of the module and is actively encouraged as students engage with digital materials, use on-line discussion groups (blogs) and achieve a competent standard of digital literacy during their studies.
Two formative assessments are set and marked promptly with opportunities for feedback both in class and individually.
Knowledge of the topics covered will enhance students’ employability both within the legal profession.
Students’ study responsibilities are to attend all classes, research and prepare for workshop/seminar discussion and academic debate.

Learning outcomes

An ability to understand and evaluate Environmental Law and policy, and to produce a well-structured research report based upon the same 

Assessment strategy

The learning outcomes will be examined by a research report with a  maximum limit of 3,000 words in  a self-selected topic agreed with the module leader (80% of the overall mark); a methodolgy report of 1,000 words and class discussion (20% of the overall mark).


NB Students must use the most recent edition of the books cited.

Bell, S. & D McGillivray,  Environmental Law, (Oxford University Press)
Birnie, P., A Boyle, & C Redgwell, International Law and The Environment, (Oxford University Press)