Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2016C: Environmental Regulation and Redress

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary each year, it is envisaged that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

The module begins by considering the development of environmental concern over the last 60 years and how the law has responded. We will look at the scope of environmental law and consider the inter-disciplinary nature of this area. The module will then build on this introduction by considering in detail the following points.

Introduction to international and EU measures taken for the protection of the environment and the role of the environmental principles.

Private law actions, namely under the ‘torts’ of private and public nuisance, trespass, negligence, the ‘rule' in Rylands v. Fletcher and civil liability.

Planning law in England and Wales.

Environmental justice and three pillars of access to justice (the Aarhus Convention). Process of the judicial review and those entitled to bring an action.

Various avenues of seeking redress under the EU law such as judicial review and direct effect.

Environmental rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.

Project Finance and the Environment.

Introduction to environmental problem solving. You will be taught to demonstrate a flexible and innovative ability to analyse legal problems, identify the relative significance of applicable rules and principles, and select various avenues of seeking redress.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching 2010 x 2 hour Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching21 x 2 hour workshop to discuss assessed poster
Guided Independent Study60Additional research, reading and preparation relating to each lecture
Guided Independent Study68Additional research, reading and preparation for module assessments

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).