PAP-20806 Public Administration and Environmental Law


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work15
Course coordinator(s)WD Pot
Lecturer(s)WD Pot
prof. dr. ir. CJAM Termeer
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. CJAM Termeer

Language of instruction:



Attending lectures is compulsory
Introduction into public administration and environmental law in a Dutch and European context.
- principles of Dutch and European government and institutional law;
- principles of (new) public management and governance approaches;
- Dutch and European environmental law and policy (particularly the territorial dimension;
- parallel projects on spatial planning and on forest and nature conservation.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- apply both European and domestic legislation and jurisprudence as well as governance approaches and new public management principles in solving novel cases on nature conservation and spatial planning;
- analyse different actors, institutions and principles of Dutch and European governance and institutional law;
- critically evaluate colliding or concurring views in literature, policy and law on nature conservation and spatial planning interactions;
- create a link between theoretical developments in public management and governance to environmental and rural area policy and law;
- recall different governance concepts and sections of Nature Conservation Act (Nbw), Spatial Planning Act (Wro), Forest Act (Boswet), Estate and Countryside Act (Nsw), Wildlife Act (Ffw) and Wild Birds and Habitats Directives.


- lectures;
- workshops;
- parallel projects.


- written exam (70%);
- group work case report/oral presentation/in-class discussion (30%).


F.H. Kistenkas. Recht voor de Groene Ruimte (2017). Wageningen Academic Publishers. Available at the WUR-shop.
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Compulsory for: BBNForest and Nature ConservationBScA: Policy and Society1MO
BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBScB: Spatial Planning1MO
Compulsory for: WUPPNBSc Minor Policies, People and Nature Conservation1MO