LLM Programme

The taught modules offered on the LLM programme vary from year to year. Please check the full list of taught modules list for details of modules running in specific academic years. We make every effort to ensure that every module will be offered, but modules are subject to change and cancellation. You are therefore advised to check this site regularly for further updates throughout the year preceding entry to the LLM programme.

Credit value: 15 credits (6 ECTS)
Module Convenor:
Professor Joanne Scott
Other Teachers:
Professor Richard Macrory
Ms Chiara Armeni


The European Union has built up a substantial body of law and governance mechanisms relating to environmental protection over the past forty years or so, deploying the full scope of available legal instruments and regulatory techniques over a wide range of policy areas. EU environmental law and policy is enormously important within the national jurisdictions of the Member States of the EU, and is increasingly influential as a model beyond the EU. The aim of this module is to examine the foundations of the environmental law of the EU.

The Treaty was initially silent on environmental protection, but now provides a considered framework for the introduction of law and policy on environmental matters, complete with important overarching principles and objectives, such as the precautionary principle, the integration principle and sustainable development. We will study the development of EU environmental law and policy and the most significant ideas driving this area. EU governance has become increasingly complex as awareness has grown of the proliferation of techniques and participants in EU legal and quasi-legal instruments. We will identify various approaches to and instruments of governance and regulation of environmental protection in the EU.


  1. Introduction: Development of Treaty Framework
  2. Principles of EU Environmental law (Precautionary Principle)
  3. Sustainable Development
  4. Instruments for Environmental Protection: Command and Control and New Governance
  5. Trade and Environment
  6. Federalism and Governance I: REACH
  7. Federalism and Governance II: GMOs
  8. The EU as a Global Environmental Actor I
  9. The EU as a Global Environmental Actor II
  10. Enforcing EU Environmental Law

Background Reading (optional):

  • Maria Lee, EU Environmental Law: Challenges, Change and Decision making (Hart, 2nd ed, 2014)

  • Joanne Scott (ed) Environmental Protection: European Law and Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2008)
Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, once students have made their module selections upon enrolment in September.
Delivery and enrolment
Lectures/Seminars: 10 x 2-hour seminars
Tutorials: None
Previous module enrolments: Small – less than 15 students
Who may enrol: LLM students, other UCL Masters students
Prerequisities: None
Barred module combinations: None
Core Module for LLM specialism: Environmental Law and Policy, European Union Law
Final Assessment: 3,000 word coursework essay
Practice Assessment: Opportunity for feedback on one optional 1,500 word practice essay

This page was last updated on 22 July, 2014


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