SOAS University of London

School of Law

Law, Environment and Social Justice

Module Code:
15PLAH067
Credits:
15
Year of study:
Any
Taught in:
Term 1

This course is an introductory module to environmental law that aims at giving students a solid and comprehensive foundation of key concepts of environmental law and a grounding in some of the most topical and foundational debates. These include the role of justice frameworks in relation to environmental law, as well as key debates in environmental legal regulation. The aim is to provide a platform from which to better appreciate some of the central tensions and dynamics in the study of environmental law generally. The course will introduce environmental law in its North-South context, in historical perspective, in a domestic, comparative and regional context. It will cover the context for environmental regulation, principles and regulatory techniques from a theoretical and practical perspective.

This course is open to all Postgraduate Taught Students at SOAS.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

  •    To equip students with a broad understanding of the law concerning the environment; 
  •    To provide students with knowledge of basic concepts and principles underlying the conservation and use of the environment;
  •    To equip students with analytical tools with which they may understand environmental law in its broader context, including political, economic, social and ecological dimensions. 

Workload

two hour lecture, per week.

Scope and syllabus

The course includes an introduction to environment law in historical perspective, a contextualisation in terms of development debates and environmental justice, an examination of the place of domestic law in relation to international environmental law, an analysis of principles of environmental law, an introduction to the main regulatory techniques, specific consideration of enforcement through courts and different actors relevant in environmental law.

Method of assessment

Essay (3000 words), 70% of the total mark for the module

Essay (1000) words, 30% of the total mark for the module

Suggested reading

Rhuks Temitope Ako, Environmental Justice in Developing Countries – Perspectives from Africa and Asia-Pacific (Abingdon: Routledge, 2013).

Anna Grear & Louis J. Kotzé eds, Research Handbook on Human Rights and the Environment (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2015).

Andrew Harding ed., Access to Environmental Justice: A Comparative Study (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff, 2007). 

Ugo Mattei & Fritjof Capra, The Ecology of Law: Toward a Legal System in Tune with Nature and Community (Oakland, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2015). 

Eloise Scotford, Environmental Principles and the Evolution of Environmental Law (Oxford: Hart, 2017).     

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