Environmental Law  (3400480)
Department of Social and Human Environment
Course  :  Master's Course
Subject Type  :  Type 1 Subject
Instructor  :  Associate Professor MASUZAWA, Yoko
Credits  :  2
Semester  :  Autumn
Class schedule  :  Tue.   4th
Classroom  :  C444/Main Building for Inter-Departmental Education
This course provides legal perspectives on environmental issues and policies, and establish the basis for analyzing an environmental problem and exploring its solutions.
The students are expected to acquire,
1) understanding of basic concepts and approaches in environmental law, and
2) the ability to analyze and evaluate environmental problems and policies from the legal points of view.
【DP applicable】  DP1
1. Significance of environmental law
Scope, features and history of environmental law, and its relationship with other laws and disciplines
2. Principles of environmental law
3. Environmental law as policy instruments
Instruments of environmental policy and their legal aspects
4. Environmental law in Japan
Overview of environmental law in Japan, legislative process and implementation, specific environmental statutes
【Student duties】
Students are expected to review the subjects of each class.
When papers are assigned for presentation and discussion, the designated students will prepare the presentations and other students will prepare for the discussion.
Grading Criteria
The end-term paper (70%)
Presentation and contribution to the discussion (30%)
Course Textbook
Handouts are distributed in each class, and papers are in several occasions.
Recommended Reference Books, Other Study Material, and notes
Reference Books:
Tadashi Otsuka, Environmental Law (3d ed. 2010) (in Japanese)
Tadashi Otsuka, Essentials of Environmental Law (2d ed. 2016) (in Japanese)
Yoshinobu Kitamura, Environmental Law (4th ed. 2017) (in Japanese)
Other materials are to be introduced in the course when necessary.
Language in class
▪ Presentation & Materials : Japanese only
▪ Oral explanations : Japanese only
▪ Questions in English : Available
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