Advanced Diploma in Planning and Environmental Law

NOTE: APPLICATIONS HAVE CLOSED FOR 2018–2019

Course available via distance / 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: Thursday 11 October 2018

Application Deadline: extended to noon on Monday 1 October 2018

Please note that the schedule below is provisional for 2018/19. 

Class No.

Date

Topic

Speaker


1.

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Principles of Planning and Environmental Law – attendance in person required

David Browne BL

2.

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Development Plans – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

James Connolly SC

3.

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

Tom Flynn BL

4.

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

Alison Fanagan, A&L Goodbody

5.

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Planning Applications – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Brian Foley BL

6.

.

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

Fintan Valentine BL

7.

.

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

Esmonde Keane SC

8.

.

Compulsory Acquisition – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Dermot Flanagan SC

9.

.

Planning Appeals – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Suzanne Murray BL

10.

.

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

Jarlath Fitzsimons SC

11.

.

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

Michael Wall BL

12.

.

Planning Enforcement – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Niall Handy BL

13.

.

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

Eamon Galligan SC

14.

.

Nature Conservation – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Rachel Minch, Philip Lee

15.

.

Tutorial 1: Problem questions and examination preparation – attendance in person required

.

16.

.

Substitute Consent – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Brendan Slattery, McCann Fitzgerald

17.

.

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

Nuala Butler SC

18.

.

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

Aoife Carroll BL

19.

.

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

Oisin Collins BL

20.

.

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.

.

Water Management – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

Danielle Conaghan, Arthur Cox

23.

.

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

Shane Murphy SC

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

.

 

 

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, BL

Other lecturers include: 

  • Garrett Simons SC
  • Professor Yvonne Scannell, TCD/Arthur Cox
  • Jarlath Fitzsimons SC
  • Eamon Galligan SC
  • Brendan Slattery, McCann Fitzgerald
  • 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
  • Shane Murphy SC
  • Dermot Flanagan SC

 

Luke Wymer

“The standard of teaching on the Advanced Diploma was high throughout. Course material was consistently 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. The course, with its superb and highly respected set of lecturers and comprehensive course notes vastly increased my knowledge in this area.” (Class of 2017–2018)

Michael Cullen, Engineer