LAW-57306 Agri-Environmental Law and Policy


Studiepunten 6.00

Individual Paper0
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)prof.dr. JAW van Zeben
Lecturer(s)prof.dr. JAW van Zeben
Examiner(s)prof.dr. JAW van Zeben

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Mandatory knowledge:

No previous knowledge required or expected. Participation in LAW-22306 Global and EU Environmental Law and Policy can be helpful.


The course Agri-Environmental Law and Policy provides an introduction to key regulatory tools for non-law students in the field of agriculture and environment. An understanding of agricultural law is indispensable in any agricultural-related career, be through your own company or employment in the governmental or commercial sector. Moreover, the agri-environmental law is the law that regulates the foundations of our food system. Therefore, you will learn about legal rules and systems that affect numerous aspects of your daily life.

The course is structured around the legal regulation of three main themes – sustainable agriculture; animal husbandry; plants and pesticides – to provide a holistic understanding of the interrelationships, limitations and possibilities of agricultural and environmental law. The main focus will be on the European Union combined with comparative narratives with national law and global relationships. The last week of the class is reserved for a case study on a particularly topical issue related to agri-environment that will change every year.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- identify the main regulatory challenges of agriculture, agroecology and organic agriculture;
- critically analyse and compare regulatory approaches within various agricultural fields;
- use and apply key legal concepts related to agriculture to specific regulatory issues in this sector;
- understand how specific topics in the farming and agricultural domain are regulated within the EU and how this may differ from national regulation;
- understand motives and causes, and make interpretations on the basis of an analysis of the concepts, relationships and organizational principles of the domain;
- demonstrate understanding of the regulatory framework by being able to identify interrelationships between specific topics and how they might affect one another with both intended and unintended consequences.


Activities during the Agri-environmental Law and Policy course consist of:
- reading required literature before the lectures;
- attend lectures;
- write and submit brief weekly assignments;
- discussion of assignments in the tutorial groups.


Final grading is based on a written exam (100%) with both multiple choice questions and open questions. A minimum pass mark of 55/100 is required. The exam mark must be 55 or higher to pass.

For the successful completion of all tutorial assignments (P/F), one additional bonus point can be awarded. This can be added to the pass mark of the written exam (note that this only applies if you have passed the exam!). The bonus point is added to the written exam grade prior to rounding to establish the final course grade. The bonus remains valid for 5 years.


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