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Postgraduate Course: Environmental Law (BIME11015)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryAn introduction to the law (international, European Union and national) related to the protection of the environment. Emphasis is placed not only on selected subject areas (e.g. nature conservation, integrated pollution control) but also on the study of different strategies of environmental protection and their enforcement.
Course description The course covers a vast subject briefly with an emphasis on the topics most relevant to the wider MSc programme. It aims to illustrate the sources of international environmental law and the differences in law as it applies to the international arena as opposed to the national context.

Weekly lectures will cover the following topics:

Lecture 1 An Introduction to International Environmental Law
Lectures 2 and 3 The Biodiversity Conventions
Lecture 4 Atmospheric Pollution and Climate Change
Lecture 5 The Law of the Sea and the Protection of the Marine Environment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe the scope of international environmental national law and the differences between them.
  2. Appreciate the sources of international environmental law, in particular treaty law and some of the main principles governing international environmental law.
  3. Explain the way in which international environmental law has evolved to deal with the challenges presented by decline in natural resources and in biodiversity.
  4. Describe the key provisions of the five main global conventions and understand their effectiveness in tackling the issues they address.
  5. Explain the measures and instruments used to combat transboundary environmental issues.
Reading List
The majority of reading material will be derived from online journals with some reference to websites and e-books.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills The course will involve the student developing an understanding of how international environmental law operates in practice, and the issues pertaining to its application and enforcement with a specific focus on biodiversity and climate change. It will enable them to assimilate other aspects of their learning from the other courses on the programme. Their ability to analyse the evolution of treaties to deal with changing international landscapes will be developed as with their skills in presenting clear and rational arguments, primarily through engagement with peers and tutors on the discussion boards.
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Course organiserDr Sharron Ogle
Course secretaryMs Lisa Kilcullen
Tel: (0131 6)51 5997
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