Embedding Sustainable Development into Legal Education

By Jason Lowther and Joanne Sellick.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Sustainable development is an increasingly important facet of the Higher Education Agenda in the UK. The UK’s Higher Education Academy is actively seeking to embed concepts of sustainability within all academic disciplines in order that learners are exposed to the concept and may begin to think about their subject in a way which is inclusive of the conceptual framework. Legal education is no exception, and the article explores work undertaken at the University of Plymouth to introduce sustainability across all levels (1-3) of the undergraduate curriculum, and where possible to apply it in a postgraduate setting. The authors have devised materials to introduce first-year law students to sustainable development concepts through the teaching of introductory principles of International and European Community legal systems in a way which aims to inculcate a sense of wider perspective, reflecting global citizenship and the legal systems targeted towards that goal. The materials aim to provide a springboard for increased and incremental opportunity to gain a more sustainable perspective in law modules undertaken at later stages of study, in order that there is a coherence brought to the understanding of this important contemporary driver of law and policy.

Keywords: Legal Education/Pedagogy, Sustainability, Education for Sustainable Development

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 6, pp.11-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.209MB).

Jason Lowther

Senior Lecturer in Law, Faculty of Social Science and Business, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, Devon, UK

Jason Lowther is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Plymouth and a Research Fellow at the University’s Centre for Sustainable Futures. Jason’s research interests are comprised in environmental law and regulation, with a specific focus in relation to sustainable development, civil liability and nature/habitat conservation. He holds an Editorial position with the Journal Environmental Law and Management and has published widely on issues relating to sustainable development, environmental law and the law of torts, and is currently writing a student text for Oxford University Press on Environmental Law. Jason along with his co-author has been involved in the development of pedagogical materials to embed sustainability into the undergraduate law curriculum at the University of Plymouth and has worked alongside the UK Centre for Legal Education to develop case-studies to inform the debate.

Joanne Sellick

Senior Lecturer in Law, School of Law and Social Science, Plymouth, Devon, UK

Joanne Sellick is a Lecturer at the University of Plymouth in the UK and Programme Manager for the Undergraduate Law Programmes. Her research interests are in environmental law, Law of the European Union and legal pedagogy. She has published a number of texts in the fields of EU Law and Constitutional and Administrative Law and currently holds editorial positions on the Journal of Water Law and the Journal of Environmental Law and Management. Previously a Principal Lecturer responsible for Learning and Teaching at a UK University School of Law, she has worked on projects with the UK Centre for Legal Education. Joanne, along with her co-author, Jason Lowther, is currently involved in developing and delivering a range of pedagogic materials embedding sustainability into the LLB and BSc Law programmes at undergraduate level.


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