Advanced Diploma in Planning and Environmental Law

NOTE: Closing date for applications extended to this Wednesday 22 February 2017 at 5.00pm.

Launching in Spring 2017, this course will provide 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 will provide participants with a comprehensive practical knowledge of Planning and Environmental Law. On completion of the course, students should 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 25 class room sessions. Students will also be asked to attend one hearing of An Bord Pleanála in their own time during the course.  

Classes will take place each Thursday morning from 8.30am–10.00am and on alternate Tuesday mornings 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 2 March 2017.

Class No.

Date

Topic

Speaker

1.

02.03.17 

Introduction – attendance in person required

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2.

07.03.17

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

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3.

09.03.17

Development Plans – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

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4.

16.03.17

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

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5.

21.03.17

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

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6.

23.03.17

Planning Applications – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

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7.

30.03.17

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

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8.

04.04.17

Compensation and Compulsory Acquisition – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

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9.

06.04.17

Planning Appeals – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

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10.

13.04.17

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

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11.

25.04.17

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

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12.

27.04.17

Planning Enforcement – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

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13.

04.05.17

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

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14.

09.05.17

Nature Conservation – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

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15.

11.05.17

Substitute Consent – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

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16.

18.05.17

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

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17.

23.05.17 

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

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18.

25.05.17

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

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19.

01.06.17

Aarhus Convention – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

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20.

06.06.17

Waste Management – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

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21.

08.06.17

Water Management – blended learning (attendance in person optional)

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22.

15.06.17

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

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23.

20.06.17

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

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24.

22.06.17

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

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25.

29.06.17

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.

Annual Examination: Thursday 6 July 2017, 6.00pm at King’s Inns – attendance in person required. The examination will be held at King’s Inns only.  

ASSESSMENT

To be awarded the Advanced Diploma in Planning and Environmental Law a participant will be required to successfully complete one written assignment worth 30% of the mark and one final examination worth 70% of the overall mark. 

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.

Closing Date for Applications: Wednesday 22 February 2017 at 5.00pm

LEAD LECTURER / COURSE DIRECTOR 

The coordinator of the course is Dr David Browne, author of The Law of Local Government.

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