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Undergraduate Course: Global Environmental Law (LAWS10168)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaLaw Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will introduce students to the unique features and challenges of environmental regulation. It will explore the creation of complex interactions and cross-fertilisation between different levels of environmental regulation, between different specialised areas of environmental law, as well as between environmental law and other areas of law (trade, development, investment, agriculture, human rights). In doing so, it will familiarise students in particular with the mutual interactions between international environmental law and EU environmental law.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: European Union Law A Ordinary (LAWS08116) OR European Union Law (Ordinary) A (LAWS08125)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesPrevious knowledge of EU and International Law
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  25
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information The first seminar will be held on Wednesday 15th January 2014 at 9.00 - 10.50 in Seminar Room 2.11, Appleton Tower.
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. 1. Knowledge and Sources of Law:
- Advanced knowledge of international law and EU law;
- Specialized knowledge of environmental regulation and governance at different levels;
- Critical understanding of current academic and policy debates on the legal dimension of global environmental challenges;
- Critical understanding of the implications arising from the interaction between EU and international environmental law.

2. 2. Subject-specific Skills:
- The further development of an ability to analyse, evaluate and interpret legal materials;
- The further development of an ability to identify the legal issue under discussion;
- An advanced approach to addressing critically complex legal questions;
- The further development of an ability to provide evidence for assertions and in argument, in particular appropriate legal authority;
- The further development of an ability to critique possible avenues for legal development, and to assess their merits.

3. 3. General Transferable Intellectual Skills:
- complex evaluative and critical reasoning;
- creative thinking;
- an ability to apply knowledge outcomes to complex questions in written and oral form;
- an advanced ability to present arguments for and against a proposition in a dispassionate manner; and
- an advanced ability to use electronic legal and other resources.

4. 4. Key Personal Skills:
- advanced written communication, including the ability to compose written work in conformity with a prescribed format;
- oral communication skills developed in seminar discussions;
- an appreciation of different dynamics within a group and respect for the opinions of other people even if there is disagreement.

5. 5. Subject-specific Legal and Ethical Values:
- ability to exercise independent judgement and operate in relative autonomy for the purpose of seminar preparation and production of written work;
- ability to identify key legal issues and articulate legal standards, on the basis of caselaw and policy documents, destined to resolve these issues.

Assessment Information
100% exam
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus The course will cover a range of issues including:
- The concept of global environmental law
- The development of international environmental law
- Key issues in international biodiversity law
- Key issues in international climate change law
- Compliance with international environmental law
- International organizations and international environmental law
- Business and international environmental law
- The development of EU environmental law
- Enforcement of EU environmental law
- Key issues in EU biodiversity law
- Key issues in EU climate change law
- The EU as a global environmental actor
- Introduction to comparative environmental law
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern 1 x 2 hour seminar per week
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Apolline Roger
Course secretaryMrs Heather Haig
Tel: (0131 6)50 2053
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