Coordinated by barrister and author Dr David Browne BL, an Advanced Diploma in Planning and Environmental Law at King’s Inns provides engineer professionals with valuable insights into the current and emerging legal issues within the planning, engineer, architecture and construction industries. 

Presented by leading experts in this area, lectures are delivered online in short 1.5-hour early morning sessions to allow professionals to participate regardless of their geographical location. 

Comprehensive practical knowledge and valuable insights

This advanced diploma provides participants with a comprehensive practical knowledge of Planning and Environmental Law, which will be relevant to engineering professionals who advise on planning and strategic infrastructure applications, enforcement issues, development plans and strategic planning, waste management and climate resilience and adaptation.

Upon completing the course, participants will be able to use relevant legal terminology competently and correctly; apply appropriate legal principles to a range of factual scenarios, and evaluate, criticise and defend legal arguments on planning and environmental law.

The course attracts planners, engineers, architects, and construction managers; those working as An Bord Pleanála inspectors and consultants; local authority professionals; people working with NGOs; and those working in the planning and environmental area. Having a diverse group of professionals studying this course together allows participants to learn from each other, especially during tutorials and Q&A sessions.

'The Advanced Diploma is a comprehensive and pragmatic course providing a practical understanding of Irish and EU law in planning and environment domain. The course is well structured and covers several topics. The best feature of the course is online tutorials that help students without a legal background to deal with legal challenges.' Graduate of 2022

As well as being the coordinator for this course, Dr David Browne BL is a practising barrister at The Bar of Ireland specialising in administrative, local government, planning, environmental and procurement law. He is the author of ‘The Law of Local Government’ and the third edition of ‘Simons on Planning Law’ as well as the co-author of ‘Procurement Law in Ireland’.

This course is delivered in an online format, live via Zoom, with recordings of lectures available after class is over. Interactive elements such as class discussions and tutorials will not be recorded and will be cast live only. The design of the course schedule is to accommodate the needs of participants in full-time employment. It will take over about 22 weeks, with lectures on Thursdays from 8.30am to 10am from October 2022 to May 2023.

King’s Inns is built on networking and engagement with your peers. Over the year, they invite students to attend and participate in various social events, fireside chats and talks. Events take place either online or in-person at King’s Inns.

The course fee is €2,850. To be awarded the Advanced Diploma, a participant must complete two written assessments successfully. There are no admission requirements for this course. However, a place on the highly sought-after course is not secured until the course fee is received in full.

The application deadline for the course is midnight on Sunday, October 2, 2022. To view the class schedule and the list of expert speakers for this course - and also apply for this Diploma, visit the King’s Inns website here.

About King’s Inns

Based between Henrietta Street and Constitution Hill in Dublin 1, King’s Inns is an independent educational institution renowned for professional legal education and training. It is Ireland’s oldest School of Law and one of Ireland’s significant historical environments.

As well as educating future and qualified barristers, the School extends its reach to a diverse community of people from legal and non–legal backgrounds offering accessible part-time courses in specialist areas of the law

With courses taught by expert law practitioners, King’s Inns students include leaders, advocates, innovators, and game-changers, from industries across Ireland and abroad. The School excels in promoting the use of the Irish language in the law. 

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