LAW S6001 - Regulatory and Legal Issues

Full Title:Regulatory and Legal Issues
Module Code:LAW S6001
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:Alert students to the implications of EU national and international directives,regulations and requirements as they affect farming today. Demonstrate to students what is available through the major Grants and Schemes via the EU, Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Environment. The students will also have a knowledge of the law and legal issues that apply to farmers
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Describe the main regulations and requirements of the major EU environmental schemes and legislation
  2. Discuss the requirements of Area Aid and Single Farm Payement schemes
  3. Discuss details of law and the civil court system and legal issues that apply to modern farming practice.
  4. Discuss the legal issues relating to inheritence and family law in relation to farming.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
International and National Regulatory Bodies
Regulatory autorities including EU, WHO, FDA, Codex Alimentarius, GATT/WTO, Oireachtas, DAFM, FSAI, NSAI, HSA, Bord Bia, Irish Dairy Board
Major EU environmental legislation
Requirements, grants and cross compliance needed for the Agri-environmental Options Scheme (AEOS) and the Nitrates Directive. Setting up and auditing of the Nitrates Directive and AEOS.
EU Single Farm Payment
CAP and reform, including Greening issues. Application and online registration; land use and eligibility, entitlements and stacking; inspections, auditing, cross compliance against statutory Mandatory Requirements (SMR) and GAEC. Leasing, transferring and selling entitlements
Company law and legal Issues
Introduction to the Irish legal system. Contract Law and Sale of Goods Contracts. Tort law including duty of care, negligance, occupiers liability (visitors, recreational users and trespass) and liability for animals. Land law including rights of way, boundries and planning applications. Employers law including vicarious liability for employee's wrongful acts, employment rights and health and safety law. Insurance contracts and adequate cover.
Family Law
Family law including co-habitation, marriage, separation, divorce, children and probate law.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Project Project relating to Area Aid Application or Single farm Payment Scheme 2 20.00 0 0 Sem 1 End 0
Project Project relating to farming legal issues 3,4 20.00 0 0 Sem 1 End 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,3,4 60.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Farm regulations and law 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Independent Study n/a 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Directed Reading n/a 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Dept of Ag food & Rural Development (DAFRD, Explanatory handbook for CAP regulations, DAFRD, 2006, 1st
  • Kinsella, J 2012, Health, Safety and Welfare Law in Ireland, 2nd Ed., Gill and Macmillan.
  • Moffat, J 2011, Employment Law, 3rd Ed., Oxford University Press
  • Penrose, W 2006, Farming Law; a guide for farmers, First Law
  • The Agricultural Consultants Associations 2013, The Farmers Handbook, 20th Ed., The Agricultural Advisory Alliance [ISBN: 978-0-9557861-5-0]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Ericksen, P. et al., Law & procedures in relation to employment, Teagsc 2003
  • Moore- Walsh, K 2010, Make that Grade Irish Tort Law, 3rd Ed., Gill & Macmillan
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • List of contemporary websites, journal articles, etc. Teagasc t-net site current agricultural publications farmers Journal etc
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_SAGRI_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agriculture 4 Mandatory
DK_SAGRI_C Higher Certificate in Science in Agriculture 4 Mandatory