Courses Catalogue

Environmental Law And Policy

COURSE CODE: ENV2108
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Management, Bsc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

COURSE CONTENT

 

Topic

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Basic Concepts in Environmental Law

§  An introduction to the legal system; Constitution, Acts, Rules, Regulations; Ugandan Judiciary, Doctrine of precedents, judicial review, Writ  petitions, 

§  Introduction to environmental laws in Uganda; Constitutional provisions, Stockholm conference; Rio conference.

§  General principles in Environmental law: Precautionary principle; Sustainable development; Public trust doctrine.

§  Overview of legislations and basic concepts.

 

13

Forest, Wildlife and Biodiversity related laws

§  Evolution and Jurisprudence of Forest and Wildlife laws; Colonial forest policies; Forest policies after independence Statutory framework on Forests, Wildlife and Biodiversity

§  Strategies for conservation

 

6

Air, Water and Marine Laws

§  National Water Policy and some state policies

§  Laws relating to prevention of pollution, access and management of water and institutional mechanism: Water Act,

§  Pollution Control Boards

§  Ground water and law

§  Judicial remedies and procedures

§  Marine laws Uganda; Coastal zone regulations.

§  Legal framework on Air pollution:

 

6

Environment protection laws and large Projects

§  Legal framework on environment protection-Environment Protection Act as  the  framework  legislation–strength  and  weaknesses;  EIA;

 

6

Hazardous Substances and Activities

§  Legal framework: EPA and rules made thereunder;

§  Principles of strict and absolute liability

 

6

International Environmental law

§  An introduction to International law; sources of international law; law of treaties; signature, ratification

§  Evolution  of  international  environmental  law:  Customary  principles; Common but differentiated responsibility, Polluter pays.

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MODE OF DELIVERY

  • Lectures
  • Reading assignments
  • Practical assignments
  • Hands-on work in the industry

 

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND / OR EQUIPMENT

  • Whiteboard and Markers
  • Flip Charts
  • LCD Projectors
  • CDs, DVDs and Tapes