The course intends to study specific practical legal issues so that students can learn an appropriate approach method, by presenting, analyzing and ‘decoding’ critical questions related to those issues. The method used is: (a) presentation of the actual problem, (b) presentation of the applicable legislation, (c) interpretation of the legislation, and (d) determination of the correct answer.
Successful completion of the course requires that students have a clear and practical understanding of the role that law plays in issues of spatial management and environmental Protection.
Upon completion of the course, students have acquired the ability to combine, within an interdisciplinary approach and rationale, the relationship of individual legal arrangements and regulations with the assumptions and positions of planning and environmental sciences. This in particular, also means that they are -to a greater or lesser extent- capable of resolving specific practical legal issues that practice and every-day application of law raise, in order to facilitate the desired spatial development, organization and management.
Successful completion of the course requires that students have acquired the ability to deal with and resolve specific practical legal issues related to simultaneous application of spatial, urban planning and environmental legislation. Given that emphasis is placed, mainly through a (team) project on legal issues arising during the process of design and implementation of large-scale investments, students acquire to a greater or lesser extent the ability to plan such investments, in a manner compatible with legislation, that is to say, in a legally secure manner.
Planning and Environmental Law II aims:
(a) to cover, in the most exhaustive and comprehensive way, all three aspects through which it appears in the field of law science, with the adoption and implementation of corresponding arrangements, the relation of man to space (Spatial Planning – Urban Planning – Environment, see also the detailed content of the course ” Planning and Environmental Law I”),
(b) to highlight the conditions for developing a modern law policy in the fields of spatial planning – urban planning – and environment; and
(c) to obtain a deeper, from an interdisciplinary point of view, understanding of spatial, urban planning and environmental legislation, through dealing with specific legal texts and specific cases applicable in Greece.
Specific axes for the development of Environmental Law:
Origins, evolution and principles of environmental law
Environmental impact assessment and licensing of projects and activities
Strategic environmental assessment of plans and projects
The law of nature protection and management (protected areas, forests, sea, biodiversity, etc.).
The law of natural resources (water management, renewable energy sources)
Global environmental problems (international conventions on climate warming, desertification and landscape)
Balance of constitutionally protected rights (environmental protection, property, financial freedom, etc.)
Forms of judicial consideration of environmental issues and of environmental planning in general
The case law as a factor in the shaping and evolution of environmental law
Principles of Environmental Law
Environmental policy legislation
[It should be noted that the material of the Course “Law on Urban Planning – Spatial Planning and Environment I” covers only the spatial – urban aspect and not the environmental one].
The course is addressed to 5th, 7th and 9th semester students, who, being quite or very familiar with spatial and environmental planning, are given the opportunity to obtain, by examining specific spatial, urban and environmental legal texts, a clear view of the importance and role of legislation in spatial and environmental planning issues.
Determination of weight
Student evaluation depends on whether students have a clear and practical understanding of the role of law in issues of space management and environmental protection. Particular emphasis is placed on the ability to solve practical issues and problems. Students are familiar with the method of assessment, which ensures objectivity and equal treatment.