LAWS 2104 ‑ Environmental Law I


Environmental laws in support of sustainable development are explored through nine class themes. The international law context for environmental law is briefly introduced, including the principles of precaution, polluter pays and public participation. The role of common law in preventing and redressing environmental degradation is considered. Constitutional realities and restrictions to environmental management are examined. The traditional command-control approach to environmental regulation is critiqued and alternate approaches are introduced. Environmental impact assessment law and practice is covered. The course concludes with a number of more specific themes, such as enforcement, judicial review, biodiversity and climate change.

Prerequisite(s): None.
Co-requisite(s): None.
Assessment Method: Assignments and final exam.
Restrictions: None.