Teaching and Learning in Environmental Law


Teaching and Learning in Environmental Law

Pedagogy, Methodology and Best Practice

9781035313426 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Amanda Kennedy, Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Australia, Anél du Plessis, Law Faculty Trust Chair, Department of Mercantile Law, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, Rob Fowler, Adjunct Professor, Law School, University of Adelaide, Evan Hamman, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology Law School, Australia and Ceri Warnock, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Otago, New Zealand
Publication Date: 2023 ISBN: 978 1 03531 342 6 Extent: 320 pp
This unique book focuses specifically on teaching and learning in environmental law, exploring theory and practice as well as innovative techniques, tools and technologies employed across the globe to teach this ever more important subject. Chapters identify particular challenges that environmental law poses for pedagogy. It offers practical guidance and serves as a source of authority to legal scholars who are seeking to take up, or improve, their teaching and knowledge of this subject.

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This unique book focuses specifically on teaching and learning in environmental law, exploring innovative techniques, tools and technologies employed across the globe to teach this ever more important subject. Chapters identify particular challenges that environmental law poses for pedagogy, offering a mix of theory and practical guidance to legal scholars who are seeking to take up, or improve, their teaching of this subject.

Providing an examination of teaching formats and methodologies that are both innovative and particularly adapted to the teaching of environmental law, contributions explore topics such as digital learning, joint teaching, flipped classrooms and scenario-based approaches, as well as discussing teacher-based, reflective, student-centred and research-based methods. The book also considers specific contexts for teaching environmental law such as specialized postgraduate programs, supervision methods for research students, teaching within non-law programs, and teaching online.

Environmental law scholars at all levels of university instruction will find this book an invaluable opportunity to learn about new methods and approaches to teaching in this area. Its insights into legal teaching methodologies more broadly will also be of interest to legal academics in other areas of the law.
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‘Teaching and Learning in Environmental Law is a landmark contribution to environmental law scholarship as the first book to be devoted entirely to different teaching methodologies for environmental law. The editors and authors are leading names and recognized professors of environmental law. This book will quickly become an essential resource for environmental law scholars in all parts of the world and from all legal systems engaged in the teaching of environmental law.’
– Nilüfer Oral, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore, Singapore and Member of the UN International Law Commission

‘This book represents a real breakthrough. It is the first to explore in depth how to overcome the daunting challenges of teaching environmental law. The field’s rapid growth during the last half century has made it more important than ever, but also more difficult, to understand how law seeks to combat environmental problems. The book examines a rich variety of approaches to teaching environmental law through the experienced eyes of a multinational group of outstanding teachers and scholars. It offers fresh insights that will be of great value no matter how long one has been teaching in this field.’
– Robert Percival, University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law, US

‘Teaching and Learning in Environmental Law is a highly recommended book for all teachers of environmental law around the world. This edited collection contains carefully curated articles showing a wide range of teaching methodologies that could be applied in differing contexts. Considering the many challenges that frequently arise in teaching environmental law, this book reveals fresh perspectives and inspiring accounts which were gained from experience by the different contributors in the book. The book provides a compilation of narratives and lessons from tried-and-tested learning approaches that takes one inside and beyond the four walls of the classroom.

For most teachers, competence in teaching is often honed by experience. This book, therefore, allows one to embark on a journey of self-reflection as one sifts through the information shared by each contributor. In the end, one emerges hopeful, inspired and ready to take on the challenges of teaching environmental law in a complex, fast-changing world. Indeed, many teachers of environmental law will greatly benefit from the treasure trove of teaching materials found in this book.

Environmental law has become a widely recognized discipline in legal education today. It is, thus, vital for teachers of environmental law to teach and learn how to be effective teachers in environmental law. The Teaching and Learning in Environmental Law book can be an essential part of the teaching arsenal of every teacher of environmental law.’
– Rose-Liza Eisma-Osorio, University of Cebu School of Law, Philippines

‘In all modern societies, the protection of the environment lies mainly in the hands of public authorities, which grant permits, plan and realise infrastructure projects, fight – or do not fight – pollution, and deal with resource issues. This means that a great number of those who study environmental law will later occupy posts in transport, energy, local administrations or in economy. It is vital that they understand ecological concerns, environmental impairment and the need to integrate environmental issues into their day-to-day decisions.

This book offers a wealth of new ideas for how to teach environmental law in a way that reaches the mind and at the same time the heart of students. The examples stem mainly from Anglo-Saxon countries, but offer enough flexible ways of teaching that they are of use to environmental teachers all over the world. And the examples are not limited to environmental law teaching and learning: indeed, as the protection of our planet is of general vital interest, any teacher may usefully adapt his teaching methods to examples that are given in the book, whether he teaches at a high school, a primary school, a university or in vocational courses. The whole book centers around the question of how to bring the message of the necessity to conserve this planet into the minds and hearts of the students.

A very welcome and necessary book, which deserves - and needs! - many readers and is indispensable for any teacher of environmental policy, law, economy, or science.’
– Ludwig Krämer, Derecho y Medio Ambiente S.L., Spain

Contributors: T. Bach, S. Bell, B. Boer, K. Bubna-Litic, T. Burelli, L. Carter, L. Collins, A. Cosby, A. du Plessis, W. du Plessis, R. Fowler, E. Hamman, J. Higham, A. Kennedy, D. Kingston, A. Lillo, C. McGarth, H. McLeod-Kilmurray, C. Sitdhiwej, B.D. Stewart, E. Techera, E. Van Wagner, S. Vaughan, S. Walton, C. Warnock, J. Witkowski Heaps
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