Environmental Law
Reference EHPOOL00000295
Taught in Faculty Minor Course List for Masters of Engineering
Theory (A) 30.0
Exercises (B) 15.0
Training and projects (C) 0.0
Studytime (D) 120.0
Studypoints (E) 4
Credit contract? Access is determined after successful competences assessment
Examination contract? This course can not be taken through this kind of contract
Credit contract mandatory if Exam contract? Separate credit contract mandatory
Retake possible in case of permanent evaluation? Yes
Teaching Language Dutch
Lecturer Luc Lavrysen
Department RE12
Key Words

Environmental law, international, European, federal, regional

Position of the Course

The objective of this course is to give a practical orientated introduction to environmental law for non-lawyers, relevant for exercising the function of environmental co-ordinator or consultant.


A. THEORY Part I. Sources of environmental law - Division of competencies in environmental policy  

  • Chapter I. Introduction           
  • Chapter II. Sources of environmental law           
  • Chapter III. Repartition of competencies in environmental policy:  A. The international and European level; B. The federal and regional level; C. Local levels
Part II. Objectives, principles and policy instruments           
  • Chapter I. Overview of the objectives and principles of environmental policy           
  • Chapter II. Overview of environmental policy instruments
Part III. Overview of European Environmental Law                    
  • Chapter I. Introduction                    
  • Chapter II. Brief overview of existing regulations
Part IV. Overview of the most important environmental legislation in Belgium and in the Flemish Region           
  • Chapter I. General provisions         
  • Chapter II. Environmental Impact Assessment           
  • Chapter III. Environmental permit           
  • Chapter IV. Environmental management           
  • Chapter V. Protection of inland waters against pollution           
  • Chapter VI. Abatement of air pollution           
  • Chapter VII. Waste law           
  • Chapter VIII. Soil sanitation   
B. EXCERCISES Workshops dealing with:   
  • compiling a dossier to obtain an environmental permit;   
  • environmental reporting to the authorities;   
  • reporting in the context of soil sanitation;   
  • waste management in companies;   
  • tasks and liability of environmental co-ordinators

Starting Competences

No specific requirements concerning knowledge of law in general and environmental law in particular.

Final Competences

In the professional practice of environmental experts environmental law is the starting point of their activities. A sound practice-orientated training in environmental law must provide them with the necessary insights in the legal requirements with are applicable. The content of the course is in conformity with the requirements that are imposed on training programmes for environmental co-ordinators of the A-level in the Flemish Region of Belgium.

Teaching and Learning Material

Cost: 15.0 EUR Syllabus that can be procured with the Secretariat of the Centre for Environmental Sanitation.


Course Content-Related Study Coaching

With a view of preparing the examinations a list of questions will be provided for. Students can address themselves with all other relevant questions to the assistant during weekly contact-hours.

Teaching Methods

Classroom lectures; Classroom problem solving sessions

Evaluation Moments

Evaluation throughout semester as well as during examination period. Special conditions: Theory: period aligned evaluation (67%); exercises: non-period aligned evaluation (33%). Students who eschew period aligned and/or non-period aligned evaluations for this course unit may be failed by the examiner.

Evaluation Methods

During examination period: written closed-book exam complemented with oral examination
During semester: graded excercises. Second chance: Possible
Frequency: Exercises: active participation to discussion.

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