SOAS University of London

School of Law

International Environmental Law II: Biodiversity, Wildlife & Habitats

Module Code:
15PLAH074
Credits:
15
FHEQ Level:
7
Year of study:
Any
Taught in:
Term 2

This module follows and complements International Environmental Law I: Principles, Institutions & Enforcement. It moves on to address a series of regimes around the broad themes of biodiversity, wildlife & habitats. It examines theoretical and practical dimensions of international legal and institutional arrangements concerning some of the most crucial environmental issues of our time. This includes the various dimensions of the biodiversity regime, including the Convention on Biological Diversity, its protocols and related legal instruments. These cover a wide variety of issues ranging from conservation and use of biodiversity in general to specific implementation mechanisms like ‘access and benefit sharing’, measures addressing environmental safety in the context of the release of genetically modified organisms (biosafety), and proposed measures to take into account social and cultural dimensions of biodiversity conservation and use.

This module also addresses regimes focused on the protection of nature and animals (wildlife), including a focus on the protection of migratory species and specific conservation techniques, such as the regulation of trade (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species). The course also covers measures for the protection of specific habitats, ecosystems and biomes, including forests and polar areas, where distinct legal regimes have made a significant contribution to the development of international environmental law.

Workload

  • 2 hours of Lectures

Scope and syllabus

The module covers, for instance, regimes concerning:

  • Biodiversity conservation and use;
  • Nature and wildlife protection;
  • Habitats, ecosystems and biomes.

Method of assessment

  • Coursework (book review) - 1000 words - 30%
  • Coursework (essay) - 3000 words - 70%

Suggested reading

  • Michael Bowman, Peter Davies and Edward Goodwin eds, Research Handbook on Biodiversity and Law (Edward Elgar, 2015).
  • Federica Cittadino, Incorporating Indigenous Rights in the International Regime on Biodiversity Protection : Access, Benefit-Sharing and Conservation in Indigenous Lands  (Leiden: Brill Nijhoff, 2019). 
  • Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Whaling and International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2015). 
    David Freestone, Conserving Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (Leiden: Brill Nijhoff, 2019). 
  • Giulia Sajeva, When Rights Embrace Responsibilities: Biocultural Rights and the Conservation of Environment (Oxford University Press, 2019). 
  • Sebastian Oberthr & G. Kristin Rosendal eds, Global Governance of Genetic Resources - Access and Benefit Sharing after the Nagoya Protocol (Routledge, 2014).
  • Ben Saul & Tim Stephens eds, Antarctica in international law (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2015). 

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