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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Climate Change Law
Module Code LG5035
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Goran Dominioni
Semester 2: Goran Dominioni
Autumn: Goran Dominioni
Module TeachersPat Brereton
Iain McMenamin
Diarmuid Torney
Goran Dominioni
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module seeks to expose students to the key legal frameworks emerging from international, EU and domestic law designed to address climate change through adaptation and mitigation. The module examines the evolution of legal measures to address climate change at the international level, and explores their current iteration. It critically assesses the measures taken at EU level, through both transnational regulation and subnational measures. It engages with measures taken at the domestic level in Ireland to implement Union law provisions.

Learning Outcomes

1. Show a systematic understanding of state-of-the-art knowledge regarding key challenges associated with combating climate change, drawing on legal research at the forefront of this field.
2. Apply in-depth understanding and critical awareness of how legal structures constrain and enable responses to climate change; in-depth understanding and critical awareness of how challenges can be overcome and what role legal actors can play.
3. Demonstrate a range of standard and specialised research or tools and techniques in the field of Climate Change Law; demonstrate an ability to utilise theoretical and methodological legal approaches to address research problems. of enquiry.
4. Select from complex and advanced skills across the field of Climate Change Law; develop new skills in the field of Climate Change Law.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture242 hour lecture. Class discussion expected
Independent Study226Research, Reading, Completing Assignment
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Topic 1
International Environmental Law and the development of legal instruments to tackle climate change

Topic 2
The Conference of the Parties system and the Kyoto Protocol

Topic 3
The Paris Agreement

Topic 4
Climate Change as a Human Rights Issue

Topic 5
International Litigation on Climate Change

Topic 6
The EU ETS and other inter-state emissions trading systems

Topic 7
Effort Sharing Decision

Topic 8
Sub-national responses and poly-centric governance – Covenant of Mayors

Topic 9
Ireland’s legislative response to climate change

Topic 10
Action at local authority and state agency level

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayTraditional 2,500 word report on specific issue50%Week 12
PresentationStudents present their research on a topic of their choice related to climate change law.35%n/a
ParticipationEach student provides feedback to another student on their presentation. The aim is to help the colleague to improve their work.15%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Sanja Bogojević: 2016, Climate Change Law and Policy in the European Union, OUP,
  • Edwin Woerdman, Martha Roggenkamp, Marijn Holwerda: 2015, Essential EU Climate Law, Edward Elgar,
  • Delimatsis, Panagiotis, editor: 2016, Research Handbook on Climate Change and Trade Law, Edward Elgar Publishing,
  • S.E. Weishaar: 2016, Research Handbook on Emissions Trading, Edward Elgar Publishing,
  • Posner, Eric A; Weisbach, David A: 2010, Climate Change Justice, Princeton University Press,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MCCMSc in Climate Change Policy Media & Soc
MELPMaster of Arts in European Law & Policy
SMPHSSSingle Module Programme (Hum Soc Sci)

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