3 ECTS credits
90 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 6016812FNR for all students in the 2nd semester at a (F) Master - specialised level.

Semester
2nd semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Impossible
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Yes
Taught in
English
Faculty
Faculty of Law and Criminology
Department
International and European Law
Educational team
Sebastian OBERTHUR (course titular)
Harri KALIMO
Activities and contact hours
26 contact hours Lecture
Course Content
EU environmental law in its international context continues to grow in importance, including for various life-long career paths. Because of the close inter-linkages of both levels, looking at EU environmental law in its relationship with relevant international law holds much merit. The course capacitates students to better address matters of international and EU environmental law during their subsequent professional careers. Students acquire a thorough knowledge of the most important features of EU and international environmental law in general (objectives, principles, institutional frameworks) and of core substantive areas of this vast field of law, e.g. climate change, biodiversity, waste and product-related environmental regulation. Subjects covered include:
• Foundations of International and European Environmental Law
• Principles of International and European Environmental Law
• Fragmentation and Growth of International Environmental Law
• Common features of multilateral environmental agreements and
instrumentalist perspective on EU environmental law
• Instrumentalist perspective on EU environmental law: classic
regulation and the new modes of governance
• Making and implementing EU environmental law
• Biological Diversity and Biotechnology
• International and European Climate Policy
• European Air, Water and Chemicals Law
Course material
Course text (Required) : Syllabus on EU Environmental Law in an International Context
Digital course material (Required) : PowerPoint Presentations
Course text (Required) : Reader on EU Environmental Law in an International Context
Additional info
A detailed course syllabus including the readings per week and lecture and content indication is posted on Pointcarré and discussed in the first session. A reader containing the mandatory readings is distributed at the beginning of the course. Students are expected to have read the required reading before the scheduled lecture/seminar. The PowerPoint presentations used during the course are made available on Pointcarré and circulated by email.
Learning Outcomes

General competencies

After the course, students should have thorough knowledge of the most important features of international and European environmental law (objectives, principles, institutional frameworks, decision-making mechanisms, and most pertinent challenges) and should be familiar with core substantive areas international and European environmental law (climate change, biodiversity, waste and product-related environmental regulation, air, water and chemicals law). On this basis, they should be able to effectively address issues of environmental law for both academic and practical purposes. They should understand and be able to analyze the larger legal and econo-political context of global environmental protection law and policy (historical background, current situation, future perspectives) as well as the complicated, interlinked frameworks of the actors, institutions, instruments and decision-making processes of EU and international environmental law. Finally, students should be able to engage in basic tasks of legal nature in the field of EU and international environmental law (e.g., drafting legal opinions and memoranda, advising non-legal decision makers, drafting outlines of judicial and administrative decisions, claiming and defending rights, etc.).

Grading

The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Written Exam determines 90% of the final mark.
Other determines 10% of the final mark.

Within the Written Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Open ended Questions with a relative weight of 50 which comprises 45% of the final mark.
  • Case Study Essay with a relative weight of 50 which comprises 45% of the final mark.

Within the Other category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Participation in Class with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 10% of the final mark.

    Note: Evaluation on the basis of their participation in class

Additional info regarding evaluation
The students will be evaluated on the basis of their participation in class (10 %), and a final written exam. The questions of the exam will be:
• 4-6 short open-ended questions (closed book, 45 %) and
• a case study essay on a practical topical issue of EU and/or international environmental law (open book, 45%).

Both parts are based upon the lectures and/or the assigned reading material. The short questions test the student’s capability to understand, remember and explain key issues on the course. The case study exam tests the student’s ability to apply his/her skills in a practical, real-life simulating situation in a coherent and persuasive manner.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Master of Laws: Law in an International Context (only offered in Dutch)
Master of Laws in International and European Law: Standaard traject