The course intends to provide students with an understanding of the legal and policy frameworks governing environmental problems at the European level within the concept of sustainable development. Special attention is drawn to the notion of environment, EU environmental law sources and principles, prevention and remediation of environmental damage and liability mechanism, enforcement of the EU environmental law at Member States levels, environmental impact assessment, waste policy, techniques for environmental management. The course examines also leading cases in EU law and the regulation, challenges and opportunities faced by specific sectors in particular: Biodiversity, Waste Policy and Management, Public Procurement, Fashion, Clothing and Textiles.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding. At the end of the course, students will be able to understand the complexity, challenges and opportunities of environmental problems. They will gain a solid understanding of EU legal frameworks that address and apply to key environmental problems and the concept of sustainable development. The student will develop analytical and problem-solving skills also through case studies, class projects and discussions. Applying Knowledge and Understanding: At the end of the course, students will be able to locate and analyse EU environmental law and case law and apply environmental general principles to key environmental problems.
Lesson period: First semester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
The environment is one of the biggest contemporary issues and a top priority for individuals and decision makers. Its global problems tackle: climate change, deforestation, rising waste production, water and air pollution and much else. Though there is a perception that policies and decision-making procedures are failing, and often environmental decisions are unsatisfactory, the environmental law becomes a central tool to manage the environment. The course core topics are: Introduction to Environmental law. The notion of Environment. EU Environmental law sources and principles: as the Precautionary Principle, the Polluter Pays Principle, the Preventive Principle, and the Rectification at Source Principle, all drawn in the light of the Sustainable Development. Enforcement of the EU environmental law at Members States levels. Environmental impact assessment. Techniques for environment management. Challenges and opportunities in specific sectors : as Biodiversity, Waste Policy and Management, Public Procurement, Fashion, Clothing and Textile.
Prerequisites for admission
General knowledge of EU Law
Face-to-face lectures Case studies Group assignments
For attending students : lecture notes, readings, case law and other material are made available to students. For non-attending students: Kingston-Heyvaert-Cavoski, European Environmental Law, Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Assessment methods and Criteria
For attending students : a mandatory in-class formative assessment (in the form of a timed exam open questions) will be held in week 5. This will count towards the final exam. The final exam consists of 2 hours written individual open questions test. For non attending students : the final exam will take place in the form of an oral examination.