Environmental Law

Environmental Law
Explain how both private law and public law can help in the protection of the environment, critically analyse the degree either has advantages or disadvantages in achieving this objective. You are strongly recommended to illustrate your answer with reference.

Faculty of Business, Environment and Society
Coventry Law School

M26CLS ENVIRONMENTAL LAW 2016-17

Coursework 1 (case study) [Contributes 40% to total module mark]
Critically analyse and identify the environmental problem and the key issues arising from any one reported law case on environmental matters. How did the court resolve the dispute and what alternative approaches could be used in relation to such a situation? How useful is the way that this problem was resolved as a means of protecting the environment in the future?
Guide word length: 1600 words, 6 November 2016.

Coursework 2 (essay) [Contributes 60% to total module mark]
Explain how both private law and public law can help in the protection of the environment, critically analyse the degree either has advantages or disadvantages in achieving this objective. You are strongly recommended to illustrate your answer with reference just one specific area of application.
Guide word Length: 2400 words. Deadline 4pm, 5 December 2015.

Submission Due dates: Coursework 1: Friday 6th November 2015, 23:55 hours – Coursework 2: Friday 4th December 2015, 23:55 hours
One copy of each assignment must be submitted via Moodle before the above deadline.
Please note:
1. Late submission is not permitted.
2. Deferrals will be in accordance with University and Faculty policy. If in doubt you are advised to read the Guidelines for Assessed Coursework on the BES Faculty website.

Word Length See above.
Note that the word limit does not include diagrams, citations and references, whether included in the text or in footnotes, nor does it include the bibliography and any appendices. The word count must be recorded on the paper. Any penalties for not complying with word limits will be in accordance with University and Faculty policy. (A penalty of 10% of the mark is applied if the word limit is exceeded by 10% or more.)

Learning Outcomes Assessed
1. Evaluate legal rules relating to environmental protection and pollution control.
2. Understand (if appropriate) the application of laws relating to environmental protection and pollution control.
3. Appreciate the roles of national and regional regulatory agencies in formulating, implementing and enforcing specific environmental legislation.
4. Assess the application of environmental principles in the resolution of legal disputes.

Assessment Criteria
The coursework case study and essay will be marked to Masters level standard. All students will be expected to display the following skills when presenting their work: an ability to undertake in depth research of existing and up to date primary and secondary sources; an ability to write in a clear and coherent style; an ability to construct logical arguments on the basis of extensive reading of primary and secondary sources; an ability to critically analyse the law and its application and to appreciate arguments for reform. Students are reminded of the University’s strict policy on plagiarism.

Appendices containing essential factual source material for reference, which is not readily available within the University and which is referred to or quoted within the text, should be added at the end; these will not count towards the word limit. The law case report used must be attached as an Appendix to Coursework 1.

Note: Please make sure that your ID number and the module number appear on each page of the actual coursework assignment as well as on the cover sheet that you attach to it.