Undergraduate modules

The modules available are continually re-thought and updated, so please look at the options available in Law and Politics. Below are some of the environmental options available 2017-2018.

Environmental Law and Justice (Year 2 and 3)

In this module, we critically assess the role of law in regulating and protecting the environment by examining a range of current environmental challenges such as climate change, food supply, biodiversity loss and energy use. Drawing on a number of case studies of environmental law and governance, we examine the range of regulatory approaches and mechanisms deployed, including traditional ‘top-down’ models of regulation and more innovative grassroots responses to environmental issues. We also introduce some theoretical critiques of mainstream legal responses to climate and environmental issues, exploring law’s foundational assumptions in order to examine the way in which law understands and constructs the ‘human’ relationship with the ‘environment’. In an age of environmental crisis, nothing could be more urgent than questioning the fundamental assumptions underpinning our legal and social relations with the ‘living order’. This course invites students to do just that.

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.

Postgraduate modules

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 

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.