Advanced Diploma in Planning and Environmental Law

Course available through blended / online distance learning.

Since Covid–19 restrictions came into force on March 12, this course was delivered 100% online through our accessible Virtual Learning Environment. Read about the recent changes here

King’s Inns will continue to offer this course online for 2020/2021 until it is safe to deliver in person as well on campus. Attending classes in person will be optional.

We know social interaction with fellow students, lecturers and visiting speakers is an integral part of the King’s Inns experience and once a safe opportunity presents, we will invite students back on campus.

Introduction 

This course provides a comprehensive overview of planning and environmental law, with a focus on both domestic and European law in the area.

The course will take place in an early morning slot (from 8.30am) and will be available via blended / online learning with some classes recorded to facilitate attendance by students working outside Dublin / who are unable to attend in person.

As with all of our advanced diploma courses, this course will be delivered by leading experts in the field and will have a practical focus. 

PROGRAMME AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

This Diploma provides participants with a comprehensive practical knowledge of Planning and Environmental Law. On completion of the course, students will be better able to explain and apply relevant statutory, common law and other provisions; use relevant legal terminology competently and correctly; apply appropriate legal principles to a range of factual scenarios; solve problems within this area of law; communicate legal arguments based on relevant legal principles; conduct legal research independently and in groups; evaluate, criticise and defend legal arguments on matters of planning and environmental law.

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

The course will be suitable for: local authority solicitors; planners; engineers; architects; construction managers; An Bord Pleanála inspectors; those working with NGOs; consultants; barristers and solicitors in general practice who would like to diversify into the area of planning and environmental law; and anyone working in the planning and environmental area.

LEAD LECTURER / COURSE DIRECTOR

The coordinator of the course is Dr David Browne BL.

COURSE CONTENT AND DELIVERY

Delivery is in part–time early morning mode through lectures presented by leading experts in various aspects of planning and environmental law. The course will take place over 26 class room sessions including tutorials. Classes will take place each Thursday morning from 8.30am–10.00am.

Course Start Date: Thursday 8 October 2020 (provisional)

Application Deadline: Friday 18 September 2020 

This course is available via blended online learning, with classes recorded using e–learning software and made available to students for streaming via our Virtual Learning Environment. This means that, while all students are welcome to attend class in person, all sessions except the last lecture (view from the Bench) is recorded so that students who are based outside Dublin or who are otherwise unable to attend can view the material by streaming their class at any time. 

All class notes are available online before lectures take place. Online tutorials and IT support are available to help students navigate their way through our Library and legal resource databases.

Complimentary parking and refreshments are provided to participants attending in person.

Please note that the schedule below is provisional.

Class No.

Date

Topic

Speaker


1.

08.10.20 

Introduction to Planning and Environmental Law

Prof. Yvonne Scannell, TCD/Arthur Cox

2.

 

Development Plans 

James Connolly SC

3.

 

Strategic Environmental Assessment 

Tom Flynn BL

4.

 

Meaning of “Development” 

Alison Fanagan, A&L Goodbody

5.

 

Planning Applications 

Brian Foley BL

6.

 

Grant of Planning Permission 

Fintan Valentine BL

7.

 

Compensation for Adverse Planning Decisions 

Esmonde Keane SC

8.

 

Compulsory Acquisition 

Dermot Flanagan SC

9.

 

Planning Appeals 

Suzanne Murray BL

10.

 

Tutorial 1

David Browne BL and Deborah Spence, Arthur Cox

11.

 

Strategic Infrastructure Development and Strategic Development Zones  

Jarlath Fitzsimons SC

12.

 

Planning Enforcement 

Niall Handy BL

13.

 

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) 

Eamon Galligan SC

14.

 

Nature Conservation I 

David Browne BL

15.

 

Nature Conservation II 

David Browne BL

16.

 

Substitute Consent 

Brendan Slattery, McCann Fitzgerald

17.

 

Judicial Review I 

Nuala Butler SC

18.

 

Judicial Review II

Aoife Carroll BL

19.

 

Costs in Planning and Environmental Law 

Oisin Collins BL

20.

 

Tutorial II

David Browne BL and Alice Whittaker, Philip Lee 

21.

 

Aarhus Convention 

Rory Mulcahy SC

22.

 

Water Management 

Prof. Yvonne Scannell, YCD/Arthur Cox

23.

 

Waste Management 

Danielle Conaghan, Arthur Cox

24.

 

Environmental Crime 

Shane Murphy SC

25.

 

Climate Change 

Conor Linehan, William Fry

26.

 

Industrial Emissions and Hazardous Substances 

Rachel Minch, Philip Lee

27.

 

View from the Bench

The Hon. Mr. Justice Garrett Simons 

ASSESSMENT

To be awarded the Advanced Diploma in Planning and Environmental Law a participant will be required to successfully complete two written assessments.

COURSE FEE

Total cost of course: €2,350.

Fee structure can be viewed here.

BL graduates who are subscribing members to King’s Inns receive a 10% discount on this course. Click here for more information.

HOW DO I APPLY?

We are now taking applications for this course. 

Apply here

There is no admission requirements for this course. Your place on the course will not be secured until payment is received in full. 

Payment can be made through the application portal using your credit / debit card.

If your employer is paying for your studies, you will require a PO number, the name and email address for the person responsible for payment in your organisation. The invoice will issue directly to the person whose details you enter. You will also be able to download a copy of the invoice through the application portal.

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WHAT DO PREVIOUS STUDENTS SAY?

Luke Wymer

“The standard of teaching on the Advanced Diploma was high throughout. Course material was up to date with recent developments and lectures were delivered by legal practitioners at the forefront of this area of law. I now regularly apply knowledge from this course in my work as a Planner and would recommend the Diploma without hesitation.” (Class of 2017–2018)

Luke Wymer, Planning Consultant

Michael Cullen

“With a background in Engineering and Environmental Protection, I wanted to increase my knowledge in the area of Planning Law and in particular, the related Case Law. This advanced diploma course, with its superb and highly respected set of lecturers and comprehensive course notes and materials vastly increased my knowledge in this area.” (Class of 2017–2018)

Michael Cullen, Engineer