Course code JUS220

JUS220 Environmental Law and Governance

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Course responsible: Gunnhild Storbekkrønning Solli
Teachers: Fredrik Holth
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel
Course frequency: Annual
First time: Study year 2003-2004
Course contents:
The course provides a basic understanding of central environmental law and management. Environmental Law and Management refer to public regulations on use and protection of the environment. The first part of the course focus on environmental challenges and basic principles. Thereafter, the course will cover procedural rules and substantive regulations in key environmental law, such as the Biodiversity Act, the Planning and Building Act, the Pollution Control Act and the Water Resources Act. The course consists of lectures and in the last part a larger group assignment will be discussed in plenary. Students are encouraged to work on assignments in colloquia.
Learning outcome:

1. Knowledge

After completing the course, the student has knowledge and understanding of fundamental environmental law, such as the Planning and Building Act, the Pollution Control Act, the Natural Diversity Act and the Water Resources Act, The student has knowledge of the subject area's history, traditions, uniqueness and place in society, and can update their knowledge within the subject area.

2. Skills

The student can apply central regulations of environmental law, is familiar with legal terms and can present and dicuss issues covered by the course. The student can explain and reflect on:

  • Environmental dilemmas.
  • Regulations to obtain knowledge of the environmental consequences of decisions and plans, such as Environmental Impact Assesments
  • Reguations to promote environmental considerations and to prevent or reduce environmentally harmful activities.
  • The principles of sustainable use in Biodiversity Act and provisions for habitat protection.
  • Main features of the planning system in the Planning and Building Act.

3. General competance 

The student can discuss fundamental subject matters, understand the role of different environmental administrative laws and their significance for the management of natural resources, discuss case studies, case law and administrative practice.

Learning activities:
Lectures. Review of practical cases. Self-study.
Teaching support:
Lectures. Recordings will be available on Canvas. Study platform
Hans Christian Bugge - Lærebok i miljøforvaltningsrett - 5. utg. 2019. New edition is expected released i July 2022. 
Previous knowledge from JUS100. It is possible to take the courses the same term
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Written exam, 3.5 hours
Nominal workload:
Lectures and reviews: ca 22 hours. Individual study: 103 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Type of course:
Lectures: 22 hours
An external examiner participates in the evaluation of examination papers of a random selection of candidates, possibly all candidates. All exams are assesed and graded by external examiners, and the examiner and course coordinator set the final grades together
Allowed examination aids: LOVDATA Access to Lovdata Pro
A2 No calculator, other aids as specified
Examination details: Written exam: Letter grades