20 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module introduces students to the law relating to the protection of the environment and to the legal liabilities which may arise and the remedies which may be available when a pollution incident or other environmentally damaging event has taken place. Environmental law is a wide ranging subject, embracing the study of environmental principles (such as the concept of sustainable development and the polluter pays principle); the use of regulatory controls to prevent or minimise pollution; criminal and civil liability for environmental damage, and the remediation of contaminated land. Throughout the module reference will be made not only to the law but also to the policy framework in which it operates. In addition, much English environmental law has been influenced by EC environmental law, and this will be reflected in the module.

Restrictions on availability: Available to law students.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Classroom testing
WebCT resources are available for this module

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK