Undergraduate modules

PL9322 Global Environmental Politics (Year 3)

This module focuses on the problematisation of global environmental issues, identifying the multiple actors, activities and arenas in which international environmental problems are rendered ‘meaningful’ and ‘treatable.’ The module aims to introduce students to key approaches in the study of global environmental politics, and to provide a forum to explore how and by whom international environmental issues are governed. This forum includes active role play of intergovernmental meetings and negotiations, presentation (oral and blog) of environmental issue areas and group discussion.

  • The social, political and economic causes and constraints in the production and problematisation of environmental degradation;
  • The place of individuals in generating and responding to these issues;
  • The intergovernmental mechanisms established for addressing environmental problems;
  • The practices of science and knowledge informing collective response;
  • Transnational environmental activity, including that through social movements, nongovernmental organisations, and corporate actors.

Postgraduate modules

CLT 622 Climate Change Law 

This module covers the main issues in environmental and climate change law and its implementation end enforcement in the corporate sector. It deals with practical issues such as pollution, chemicals, loss of biodiversity, sustainability, new technologies such as nanotechnology and fracking, liability for environmental damage, and climate change.  It concludes by examining the implications of environmental and climate change law in commercial transactions.

Energy Law and Policy LL.M. Module

This module covers the international legal frameworks relating to various aspects of the management and governance of energy resources including the impact of investment law, trade law, property law and environmental law on energy transactions. It assesses how international law and European law impact on the energy sector and reviews selected national legal regimes concerning the regulation of energy resources such as nuclear, renewables, petroleum and gas, in addition to energy infrastructures such as pipelines and offshore platforms.