UCL Faculty of Laws


Environmental Law LLM students see law in action at House of Lords

20 November 2017

Environmental law students

As part of their LLM module – ‘The Machinery of Environmental Protection’ – Professor Maria Lee, Professor of Law at UCL Faculty of Laws, and Dr Steven Vaughan, Senior Lecturer at UCL Laws, asked students to experience a UK environment institution in action.

They could watch a debate in either the House of Commons or the House of Lords, sit in on a Parliamentary select committee taking evidence from environmental experts, or visit a court to hear argument or judgment. In teams of 3 or 4, the students were asked to then produce a video of what they had seen.

Bhagya, Elaine, Monserrat and Vienne visited the House of Lords and sat in on two Select Committees, both on the topic of Brexit (one on trade, the other on energy). Vienne described the visit as an ‘eye-opening experience’.

The four students also saw an exhibition at the House of Lords put on by the World Wildlife Foundation which directly connected to their teaching on the Environmental Law LLM specialism the day before.

Reflecting on this, Monserrat commented:

‘What we learned yesterday, it feels like a hot topic now. We know so much about this.’

Bhagya added:

‘It put everything we learned yesterday with Steven into context.’

Watch the video:

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