PAP-20806 Public Administration and Environmental Law


Studiepunten 6.00

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

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Attending lectures is compulsory, as interactive exercises are part of the lectures.
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 to apply both environmental law and public administration knowledge to specific cases.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- recall different governance concepts, sections and instruments of the Nature Conservation Act (Wnb), Spatial Planning Act (Wro), new Dutch environmental law (Ow), Estate and Countryside Act (Nsw), and Wild Birds and Habitats Directives;

- 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.


- 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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Verplicht voor: BBNForest and Nature ConservationBScA: Spec. A - Policy and Society1MO
BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBScB: Spec. B - Spatial Planning1MO
Verplicht voor: WUPPNBSc Minor Policies, People and Nature Conservation1MO