Of Density and Decline: State of the Nation Reflections on the Teaching of Environmental Law in the UK

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Steven Vaughan

Faculty of Laws, University College London

Alexandru Baltag

University College London - Faculty of Laws

Ryan Brun

University College London - Faculty of Laws

Rory Buttle

University College London - Faculty of Laws

Caoimhe Creed

University College London - Faculty of Laws

Arianne Delos Santos

University College London - Faculty of Laws

Nia Evans

University College London - Faculty of Laws

Jekilyah Gibson

University College London - Faculty of Laws

Milon Goh Wei Ming

University College London - Faculty of Laws

Etta Grilli

University College London - Faculty of Laws

Kiran Makwana

University College London - Faculty of Laws

Cassandra Steiert

University College London - Faculty of Laws

Kathryn St John

University College London - Faculty of Laws

Alexandra Weiner

University College London - Faculty of Laws

Date Written: May 1, 2019

Abstract

In this paper, we use data from the top 100 UK law school websites and survey responses from environmental law scholars to show a decline in the provision of environmental law teaching in the UK and stasis in student numbers over time. We explore perceptions that environmental law is soft, asking if this is because environmental law scholars are seen as liberal ‘tree huggers’ and/or because environmental law is thought to be more about values than about law. We look at employability as a mission of modern universities, asking if studying environmental law at university can only ever be a ‘nice to have’ in this context. And we look at the feminisation over time in those who teach environmental law, asking if this says something broader about our discipline. We ask more questions than we can answer, but hope this piece is the start of an important debate.

Keywords: environmental law teaching, legal education, qualifying law degree, co-production

Suggested Citation

Vaughan, Steven and Baltag, Alexandru and Brun, Ryan and Buttle, Rory and Creed, Caoimhe and Delos Santos, Arianne and Evans, Nia and Gibson, Jekilyah and Goh Wei Ming, Milon and Grilli, Etta and Makwana, Kiran and Steiert, Cassandra and St John, Kathryn and Weiner, Alexandra, Of Density and Decline: State of the Nation Reflections on the Teaching of Environmental Law in the UK (May 1, 2019). Faculty of Laws University College London Law Research Paper No. 5/2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3395220 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3395220

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Alexandru Baltag

University College London - Faculty of Laws ( email )

Gower St
London WC1E OEG, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Ryan Brun

University College London - Faculty of Laws ( email )

Gower St
London WC1E OEG, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Rory Buttle

University College London - Faculty of Laws ( email )

Gower St
London WC1E OEG, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Caoimhe Creed

University College London - Faculty of Laws ( email )

Gower St
London WC1E OEG, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Arianne Delos Santos

University College London - Faculty of Laws ( email )

Gower St
London WC1E OEG, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Nia Evans

University College London - Faculty of Laws ( email )

Gower St
London WC1E OEG, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Jekilyah Gibson

University College London - Faculty of Laws ( email )

Gower St
London WC1E OEG, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Milon Goh Wei Ming

University College London - Faculty of Laws ( email )

Gower St
London WC1E OEG, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Etta Grilli

University College London - Faculty of Laws ( email )

Gower St
London WC1E OEG, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Kiran Makwana

University College London - Faculty of Laws ( email )

Gower St
London WC1E OEG, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Cassandra Steiert

University College London - Faculty of Laws ( email )

Gower St
London WC1E OEG, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Kathryn St John

University College London - Faculty of Laws ( email )

Gower St
London WC1E OEG, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Alexandra Weiner

University College London - Faculty of Laws ( email )

Gower St
London WC1E OEG, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

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