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Introduction to Environmental Law

  • Date(s)
    Monday, 1 April 2019
  • Time(s)
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members: €245
    Non-Members: €295

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.

  • CPD Credit
    6.5 hours   C1


It is impossible to deliver projects without careful attention to the legal framework protecting the environment. Our understanding of that framework changes as court cases interpret and reinterpret key provisions. 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.


Alan Doyle, LL.B. (Dub), LL.M. (Bruges)

Alan Doyle qualified as a solicitor in 1994. He has a masters in European Law from the College of Europe, Bruges, 1994, after which he worked in the firm of Van Bael and Bellis in Brussels, specialising in internal market and competition law. He was an associate in TTL Overend McCarron & Gibbons, solicitors, from 1996. From 1996 – 99 he also lectured in environmental law, planning law and private international law in NUI Galway. He was a partner in Barry Doyle and Company from 2001 to 2018, and in McDowell Purcell from 2018-19 prior to being called to the bar. He has been involved in over 450 environmental and planning judicial reviews on behalf of regulators (notably the EPA and Bord Pleanala), industry and environmental groups. He also works on enforcement of planning and environmental law, and has obtained injunctions against unauthorised landfills, non-compliant waste transfer stations and unauthorised quarries. His work takes him to all courts, from the District Court to the Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the EU. He advises on all aspects of environmental and planning law, as well as related issues such as Access to Information on the Environment and Data Protection.

Make a Booking

1 April 2019


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