LAW42230 Natural Resources Law

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module on Natural Resources Law, which is taught fully online via weekly live classes and other online resources, covers a range of environmental sectors including for example Nature Conservation and Biodiversity Law, Air Law, Water Law, Industrial Licensing Law, Waste Law, and Impact Assessment Law, including e.g. environmental law aspects of forestry, agriculture, and aquaculture.

As well as focusing on a range of specific environmental sectors, the module addresses the concept of planetary boundaries.

While there are no prerequisites for taking this module and all students are very welcome, the module complements LAW40120 Foundations of Environmental Law, with the present module comprising an in-depth look at various sectors of environmental law in practice.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, diligent students should:

1. Have a good overview of a range of different areas of natural resources law at national, European and international levels;
2. Have an in-depth knowledge of the current state of the law and be able to engage in a high level of debate on developments and challenges when it comes to implementing the law;
3. Be able to critically assess potential ways in which sectoral natural resources law might be changed to improve environmental protection;
4. Have a good understanding of natural resources law in practice;
5. Be familiar with the concept of planetary boundaries.

Indicative Module Content:

Due to the breadth of the field, a number of key substantive legal areas will be selected for particular focus, in addition to the cross-cutting concept of planetary boundaries. For example:

- Nature Conservation and Biodiversity Law
- Air Law
- Water Law
- Industrial Licensing Law
- Waste Law
- Impact Assessment Law

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures/seminars; critical writing; student presentations 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Attendance: Completion of assigned course from the SDG Academy's digital resources Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Presentation: Presentation in week 12 Week 12 n/a Graded No


Essay: 3000 word essay Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Group/class feedback in class regarding presentations. Class feedback in writing regarding final essays.

Name Role
Professor Suzanne Kingston Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 11:00 - 12:50