European Union Environmental Law and Policy - LAWS8520

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This module is not currently running in 2023 to 2024.


This module provides an overview of the policy and legislation of the European Union in relation to the environment and ecological protection, with particular sectors considered in more detail in other modules. The overall purpose of the module is to appreciate the significance of European Union law as a system of regional international law seeking to harmonize the national laws of the Member States according to common principles of environmental regulation.


Contact hours

Contact hours: 18
Private study hours: 182
Total study hours: 200


LLM in (Specialisation); LLM in Law; PG Diploma in (Specialisation); PG Certificate in Law

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Short written assessment, 1000 words (20%)
Longer written assessment, 4000 words (80%)

Reassessment methods
Reassessment instrument: 100% coursework.

Indicative reading

P. Davies, European Union Environmental Law (2004)
M. Lee, EU Environmental Law (2014, 2nd ed.)
J. H. Jans and H. Vedder, European Environmental Law (2011, 4th ed.)
Jordan and C. Adelle, Environmental Policy in the EU (2013, 3rd ed.)
L. Kramer, EU Environmental Law (2016, 8th ed.)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding and appraisal of the main sources of Union law and institutional arrangements relating to environmental protection at Union level.
2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the rules and principles of Union environmental law and of the way in which these relate to, and influence, international and national law.
3. Formulate a broad view of the state and adequacies of Union legal protection and regulation for the environment, .
4. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding and appraisal of key features of Union environmental regulation, such as various policy principles, implementation and enforcement of Union environmental law.
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The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate sophisticated research techniques in locating and using materials.
2. Formulate detailed written arguments, presenting a reasoned and critical opinion.
3. Critically evaluate the application and practice of law within and across different contexts.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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