ENVR08013 2019 Environmental Legislation and Policy
This subject introduces the learner to current environmental policy. The learner will be able to address issues associated with the implementation of environmental policy and will be able to identify, explain and critique environmental regulation, regulatory approaches and tools and other interventions and safeguards in an Irish context.
The main environmental legal instruments and relevant institutional structures are addressed as are the main Irish stakeholders in relation to policy and compliance.
The learner will be able to source, explain and critique environmental regulation in an Irish context and will perform tasks aimed at simulating the context of environmental legislation in the workplace.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Demonstrate an applied knowledge and understanding of salient areas of environmental legislation, including the major obligations/provisions of the main Irish environmental Acts and S.I.'s and relevant international legal documents.
Critically review relevant environmental legislative instruments and explain the extent to which the instruments address current environmental issues.
Evaluate the legal and institutional framework designed for environmental protection in Ireland.
Explain why and how policy is developed and evaluate the factors that influence the development and delivery of policy.
Discuss the main international, EU and Irish policies in relation to the environment and for one or more areas of environmental policy perform a critical evaluation of its effectiveness.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
This module will be delivered full-time. This will include lectures, and team-based workshop practicals augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals).
Module Assessment Strategies
This module is assessed 50% by Continuous Assessment and 50% Final exam. The continuous assessment and course work will involve two assignments. Assessment involves a combination of knowledge testing, practical work and independent research.
Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.
Principles in Environmental Law and Policy
The introduction of Environmental Policy and factors influencing its introduction and the efficacy of implementation.
Nature of the regulatory process and regulatory approaches
Environmental legislation e.g. water, wastewater, air, waste, noise, natural heritage, prior permissions, Environmental Liability
Review of professional and amateur organisations that have an influence in Ireland
Enforcement agency roles and approaches to enforcement
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Assignment policy and legislation||Continuous Assessment||Assignment||25 %||Week 8||2,4,5|
|2||Project or Scenario applying legislation||Continuous Assessment||Assignment||25 %||Week 13||1,2,3|
End of Semester / Year Assessment
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Final Exam Written exam||Final Exam||Closed Book Exam||50 %||End of Term||1,2|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Lecture||Flat Classroom||Lectures and groupwork||3||Weekly||3.00|
|Independent Learning||Not Specified||Research, writing reports reading, studying for exams etc||4||Weekly||4.00|
Required & Recommended Book List
2014-10-24 Byrne and McCutcheon on the Irish Legal System Bloomsbury Professional
ISBN 1780435002 ISBN-13 9781780435008
Byrne and McCutcheon on the Irish Legal System, 6th edition provides an excellent introduction to the legal system in Ireland and is essential for any student starting legal studies in Ireland. Beginning with an overview of the Irish Legal system and its history, it proceeds to discuss the profession and the law officers of the state including changes in the organisation of the profession in other common law states. It includes all the changes to the court systems and structure, Irish Constitution and EC Law since the last edition published in 2009. Byrne and McCutcheon on the Irish Legal System is an invaluable introduction to the law and provides an accessible and comprehensive point of reference for practitioners and students alike and is an essential text for students of Irish law. Key legislation and case law includes: Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011; The Thirty-Third Amendment of the Constitution (resulting in the creation of a new Court of Appeal); Arbitration Act 2010. Previous edition ISBN: 9781845922788
2005-12-15 Environmental and Land Use Law Round Hall Ltd
ISBN 1858003598 ISBN-13 9781858003597
2014-02-26 Local Authority Enforcement Bloomsbury Professional
ISBN 1780432526 ISBN-13 9781780432526
2010-05-20 Environmental Regulation: Evaluation, Compliance and Economic Impact (Environmental Health-Physical, Chemical and Biological Factors Series) Nova Science Publishers Inc
ISBN 9781607416456 ISBN-13 9781607416456
2012-04-29 The Politics of Precaution: Regulating Health, Safety, and Environmental Risks in Europe and the United States Princeton University Press
ISBN 0691124167 ISBN-13 9780691124162
Title: Politics of Precaution <>Binding: Hardcover <>Author: Vogel, David <>Publisher: University Press Group Ltd
2013-03-15 Environmental Law and Policy in Wales: Responding to Local and Global Challenges University of Wales Press
ISBN 0708325807 ISBN-13 9780708325803
Environmental Law and Policy in Wales This book examines welsh perspectives on the search for sustainable law and policy solutions to modern environmental threats.
Bromley, D.W., Paavola, J. 2007, Economics, Ethics, and Environmental Policy: Contested Choices, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. (e-book)
Cohen, S. 2006, Understanding Environmental Policy, Columbia University Press, United States. (e-book)
Cotter, A. M. (2004). Environmental Law- Ireland. Dublin: Law Society of Ireland.
Doolan, B. (2011). Principles of Irish Law. Dublin: Gill and McMillan.
Gore-Grimes, J. (2011). Planning and Environmental Law in Ireland. London: Bloomsbury Professional.
Jordan, A. & Adelle, C., 2012, Environmental Policy in the EU Actors, institutions and processes, (3rd ed) Routledge, Edited by Andrew, Camilla
Lenschow, A. 2012, Environmental Policy Integration : Greening Sectoral Policies in Europe, Routledge, Hoboken. (e-book)
McCormick, J. 2001, Environmental policy in the European Union, Palgrave, Basingstoke.
Irish Planning and Environmental Law Journal
Journal of Environmental Law
Environmental Science & Policy
Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning
Access to broadband