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Introduction to Environmental Law

  • Date(s)
    Thursday, 13 October 2016
  • Time(s)
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members: €245.00
    Non-Members: €295.00
    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details

  • CPD Credit
    1 hour   C5


It is impossible to deliver projects without careful attention to the legal framework protecting the environment.  That framework is always changing.  This programme will introduce you to the fundamentals and keep you on top of the important developments.

Course aim

To provide delegates with a solid foundation, refresh or update on the principal environmental laws relevant to the professional practice of engineers.


  • Sources of environmental law, including international, European and domestic laws, from the Aarhus Convention, the Kyoto Protocol, through the EIA Directive, Habitats Directive, to the Planning Acts and COMAH Regulations
  • Planning control, including an overview of the traditional bedrock for environmental control and enforcement
  • Environmental licensing, including an overview of the functions of the Environmental Protection Agency and the approach to enforcement
  • Other controls, including an overview of private laws regulating nuisance
  • Public consultation, including the roles and responsibilities of the regulator, promoter, public and other stakeholders
  • Environmental assessment, including when is an environmental impact assessment or appropriate assessment required, how to comply, what cumulative and indirect effects mean, what the new EIA Directive will change, what difference strategic environmental assessment makes and the recent Irish case-law

Learning Objectives

This programme will allow delegates to:

  • Get comfortable with the legal instruments – Treaties, Regulations, Directives, Acts, Statutory Instruments and Judgments – that provide the legal framework
  • Enhance their understanding of the principal environmental controls relevant to projects
  • Focus on the environmental law issues of common concern, whether delivering major infrastructure or other client work

Who should attend

Engineers who want to enhance, refresh or update their knowledge and understanding of environmental laws


Brendan Slattery is a Solicitor, specialising in planning and environmental law.  He has been helping stakeholders manage risks under planning and environmental law for more than sixteen years.  He is recognised by his peers to be “an expert in national and EU environmental law” (Legal 500, EMEA).  In 2013, he joined Barry Doyle Solicitors from Arthur Cox, where he has been advising the Environmental Protection Agency, An Bord Pleanála, the Health & Safety Authority and Inland Fisheries.  He is a lecturer at Trinity College and the Law Society of Ireland.

Make a Booking

13 October 2016


Terms and Conditions

Confirmation is subject to event fee being finalised. Cancellation fees calculated at 50% of the estimated total bill will be charge for confirmed bookings cancelled less than 5 working days prior to the date of the planned event. A replacement person can attend instead. Cancellations made the day prior to an event will be charged 75% of the total estimated bill. No-shows will be charged the full fee. All cancellations must be confirmed in writing, fax or email.