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Keele launches UK-first climate crisis law degree

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Keele University has launched an undergraduate degree programme to help law students tackle climate crisis using legal powers – the first of its kind in the country.

The new course in Law with Environmental Sustainability aims to give students a solid foundation in their legal careers, and allow them to explore the role of the law in humanity’s response to the climate crisis. 

Students will also learn about companies’ and governments’ environmental obligations, the legal mechanisms for holding these bodies accountable and the need to enforce these regulations to help tackle climate change.

Professor Alison Brammer

Professor Alison Brammer, Head of the School of Law at Keele University, said: “The climate crisis affects everyone, and we need legal professionals who understand sustainability and climate change to ensure that everyone – individuals, companies and public bodies – meet their obligations, and are empowered to use the law fully and innovatively to meet the challenge. 

“This UK-first course reflects the ethos of the University in providing interdisciplinary study and showing a genuine commitment to environmental sustainability. It also speaks to the interests of the generations of students in the 2020s who seek degree education that equips them with the skills and knowledge to impact real world challenges, especially the active pursuit of environmental sustainability.” 

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