International Environmental Law - Legal Foundations - LW906

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 4)
Autumn 7 20 (10) MR M Hedemann-Robinson checkmark-circle


This module is designed to examine and assess the core foundational legal principles and regulatory structures underpinning international environmental law and policy. Specifically, it considers the various core sources of international law relating to the environment, the principal international institutions involved in its development as well as legal issues involved relating to its implementation and enforcement.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

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


Autumn Term

Method of assessment

Participation 15 to 20 minutes 20%
Short essay 1000 words 10%
Long essay 3000 - 4000 words 70%

Indicative reading

Beyerlin/Marauhn, International Environmental Law (Hart, 2011)
Birnie/Boyle/Redgwell, International Law and the Environment (2nd edn) (2009: Oxford)
Bodansky/Brunee/Hey (eds), Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law (Oxford 2007)
Sands/Peel, Principles of International Environmental Law (3rd edn) (2012: Cambridge UP)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the key concepts, principles, and rules relating to the legal foundations of international environmental Law, including those relating to legal sources, institutional arrangements, implementation and enforcement of international environmental law.
2. Demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of the nature of the relationship, legal and political, between the EU and broader international community in relation to environmental protection issues.
3. Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the importance of broader underlying political and policy contexts and dynamics that underpin the evolution of the legal foundations of international environmental law.
4. Access the main sources of literature and legal texts relating to the legal foundations of international environmental law, including relevant treaty and/or legislative sources, as well as secondary literature such as quality academic opinion.
5. Demonstrate a critical understanding of how the legal foundations of international environmental law are relevant and apply in relation to a selected case study/studies chosen by the module convenor (eg. climate change/ international waste shipment).
6. Assimilate and analyse complex material from various sources including international treaties, protocols, declarations, judgments of international courts and tribunals in the field of international environmental law;
7. Undertake appropriate further training or research in the environmental law field.


Stage 1


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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