Advanced Diploma in Planning and Environmental Law

Course available via blended learning.

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

Delivered via blended learning and with the vast majority of lectures recorded, this course will be accessible to students regardless of their geographical location. 

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. 

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

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.

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.

Lectures will be recorded and students on the course will be able to stream these recordings at a time of their choosing, provided they have an Internet connection. Students are welcome to attend all sessions in person and must attend some sessions in person (see schedule below); other sessions can be attended either in person or via distance learning, at the election of the student.  

Free parking and refreshments will be provided for participants, who will also be invited to attend one complimentary dining at King’s Inns.  

Course Start Date: PROVISIONAL start date of Thursday 9 November 2017

Application Deadline: Friday 20 October 2017

Please note that the schedule below is provisional for 2017/18. 

Class No.

Date

Topic

Speaker

1.

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Introduction – attendance in person required

David Browne, Arthur Cox

2.

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Principles of Environmental Law – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

David Browne, Arthur Cox

3.

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Development Plans – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

James Connolly SC

4.

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Strategic Environmental Assessment – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Tom Flynn BL

5.

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Meaning of “Development” – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Alison Fanagan, A&L Goodbody

6.

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Planning Applications – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Brian Foley BL

7.

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Grant of Planning Permission – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Fintan Valentine BL

8.

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Compensation for Adverse Planning Decisions – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Garrett Simons SC

9.

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Compulsory Purchase Orders and Arbitration – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Dermot Flanagan SC

10.

.

Planning Appeals – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Suzanne Murray BL

11.

.

Strategic Infrastructure Development and Strategic Development Zones  – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Jarlath Fitzsimons SC

12.

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Architectural Conservation and Miscellaneous Provisions – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Michael Wall BL

13.

.

Planning Enforcement – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Niall Handy BL

14.

.

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Eamon Galligan SC

15.

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Nature Conservation – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Rachel Minch, Philip Lee

16.

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Substitute Consent – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Brendan Slattery, Barry Doyle and Co.

17.

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Judicial Review I – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Nuala Butler SC

18.

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Judicial Review II – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Aoife Carroll BL

19.

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Costs in Planning and Environmental Law – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Oisin Collins BL

20.

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Aarhus Convention – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Rory Mulcahy SC

21.

.

Waste Management – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Prof. Yvonne Scannell, TCD/Arthur Cox

22.

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Water Management – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Danielle Conaghan, Arthur Cox

23.

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Environmental Liability and Crime – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Lorna Dempsey EPA

24.

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Air and Noise Pollution and Climate Change – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Conor Linehan, William Fry

25.

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Industrial Emissions and Hazardous Substances – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Deborah Spence, Arthur Cox

26.

.

Tutorial: Problem questions and examination preparation – attendance in person required

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In addition to the above classes, students will be required to attend one hearing of An Bord Pleanála on a date of their choosing during the course.

ASSESSMENT

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

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

The course will be suitable for: local authority solicitors; planners; engineers; architects; 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. 

FEES

Fees can be viewed here.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications are made here.

LEAD LECTURER / COURSE DIRECTOR 

The coordinator of the course is Dr David Browne, Arthur Cox

Other lecturers include: 

  • Garrett Simons SC
  • Professor Yvonne Scannell
  • Jarlath Fitzsimons SC
  • Eamon Galligan SC
  • Brendan Slattery, Barry Doyle and Co
  • Deborah Spence, Arthur Cox
  • Suzanne Murray BL
  • Conor Linehan, William Fry
  • Alison Fanagan, A&L Goodbody
  • Tom Flynn BL
  • James Connolly SC
  • Nuala Butler SC
  • Oisin Collins BL
  • Rory Mulcahy SC
  • Aoife Carroll BL
  • Danielle Conaghan, Arthur Cox
  • Niall Handy BL
  • Michael Wall BL
  • Brian Foley BL
  • Fintan Valentine BL
  • Rachel Minch, Philip Lee
  • Lorna Dempsey, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Dermot Flanagan SC

 

Christine Murphy

“The Advanced Diploma in Planning and Environmental Law was a worthwhile course and allowed me to gain insight into another discipline while learning more about my own discipline. I would recommend the course to anyone working in any sector who is looking to keep up to date on environmental and planning law matters.” (Class of 2017)

Christine Murphy, Environmental Scientist

Keith Neary

“The quality of the lectures is first class, the speakers are all experts in their fields and clarity is provided on many planning issues. The course notes will also continue to support me when dealing with planning and environment issues at work. I’ve learned a lot on this course and recommend it to anyone working in the Planning & Environment area.” (Class of 2017)

Keith Neary, Planning & Environment Specialist