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Environmental Law & Climate Change - Free Online Course (MOOC)

The 2021 MOOC will provide participants with a short but incisive overview of legal and ethical considerations for those involved in environmental law and the environmental and conservation spheres.

This event is brought to you courtesy of Law Society of Ireland Diploma Centre

Event Details

18 May to 15 June 2021
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Who should attend?
This course is open to everyone and anyone who has even a general interest in learning more about environmental law and climate change. It will of course be of particular interest to legal professionals, trainees, barristers, students and to those involved in the environmental and conservation spheres, either in a professional or voluntary capacity. We also warmly welcome participants from other disciplines and jurisdictions who have an interest in learning more about environmental law from an Irish perspective, for comparative purposes. 

Course structure

The course runs over a five week period with materials for the weekly modules released every Tuesday in the form of a number of short video presentations from expert contributors. These are supported by suggested readings, quizzes, and ‘live’ online Q & A sessions with the relevant experts. Participants who successfully complete weekly tasks and collect four ‘badges’ may opt to pay a small administrative fee to obtain a digital Certificate of Completion awarded by the Law Society of Ireland.

Week 1: Climate Change - Roadmap for change (part one) – climate change regime, climate justice, Ireland's roadmap for change.

Week 2: Climate Change - Roadmap for change (part two) – the emissions gap, climate litigation, interconnected environmental challenges.

Week 3: Environmental Law - enforcement and justice – environmental enforcement, crimes against the environment and ecocide.

Week 4: Green means go - sustainability -  sustainability for business, offshore wind energy, sustainable planning, rewilding and conservation.

Week 5: Shaping a greener future – what we can do  – the circular economy, changing our behaviour, steps to take from a professional/personal perspective.

Week 5: Live Panel event

Contributors include:

  • Dr. Mary Robinson, Adjunct Professor of Climate Justice, Trinity College Dublin (former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights)
  • Conor Linehan, Partner and Head of the Environmental Law Unit, William Fry,
  • Brian Carroll, Assistant Secretary General, Department of Environment, Climate and Communications,
  • Laura Burke, CEO, Environmental Protection Agency,
  • Dr. Rónán Kennedy, School of Law, NUIG, Galway,
  • Professor John Sweeney, NUI Maynooth,
  • Vicky Brown, CEO, Cool Planet,
  • Dr. Tom Ryan, EPA Director, Head of Environmental Enforcement,
  • Dr. Rachel Killean, Queen’s University, Belfast,
  • Claire Downey, Director, Green Foundation Ireland,
  • Alison Fanagan, Consultant, A&L Goodbody,
  • Seán O’Leary, Climate Change Advisory Council secretariat,
  • Pádraic Fogarty, Ecologist, Environmental Scientist, Irish Wildlife Trust,
  • Deirdre Robertson, Psychologist, Behavioural Economics Team, ESRI,
  • Aideen O’Hora, Sustainability Works,
  • Carolann Minnock, Probono Associate, Arthur Cox,
  • Rose Wall, CEO, Community Law Mediation,
  • Professor Áine Ryall, Centre for Law & the Environment, UCC.

Find out more and register.

What is a MOOC?
A MOOC is a free online course that is open to all and specifically designed for large numbers to participate. To date, the Diploma Centre’s MOOCs have attracted over 12,000 participants from over 70 countries since they first launched in 2014. Such courses feature online recorded and streamed presentations, together with interactive discussion forums that allow participants to engage directly with our expert presenters.

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