Seminar International Environmental Law

Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode RGMIR50606
Vaknaam Seminar International Environmental Law
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I (Block 1 and 2)

Uitgebreide vaknaam Seminar International Environmental Law
Leerdoelen 1) to obtain general knowledge of the principles, rules and procedures in international environmental law and the law of sustainable development;
2) to obtain specialised knowledge of relevant issue areas within environmental law and the law of sustainable development;
3) to gain insight into the complexities of developing international legal rules, procedures and institutions for the protection of the environment;
4) to improve and practice skills in international legal research;
5) to train practical skills necessary for identifying, clarifying, analysing and applying rules and principles of International Environmental Law
6) to improve students ability to write a legal analysis and to formulate legal conclusions and recommendations.
7) to improve and practice skills in presenting research findings in oral and written form.
8) students have to respect strict deadlines and active participation is required.
Omschrijving The protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development is one of the main challenges of our time. Depletion of fish stocks in the oceans, air and water pollution, climate change, and accidents with nuclear power plants are just a few examples of the complex issues that need national and international legal regulation. The course will provide a general overview of the history and basic principles of international environmental law and sustainable development following the historic line starting with the Stockholm Conference of 1972, the Rio Conference on Environment and Development of 1992, the Johannesburg Conference of 2002 to Rio+20, 2012. This will be followed by investigating through student contributions and discussion the application of the general principles, rules and procedures in relation to various areas, including transboundary pollution, marine pollution, liability questions, the protection of biodiversity, climate change, the protection of the Arctic and Antarctica, and waste disposal.

The course will include lectures focusing on the main features of international environmental law and the law of sustainable development and working sessions in which students will present their research findings. An individual final paper on a focused topic and an oral examination will conclude the course.
Uren per week 2
Onderwijsvorm seminaar
(10 2-hour seminar. Attendance compulsory.)
Toetsvorm mondeling, paper(s), presentatie(s)
(The course will be assessed on the basis of the written paper, the presentation (a short film on the topic), the oral examination and active participation in class discussion.)
Vaksoort m5-niveau, juridisch
Coƶrdinator prof. mr. dr. F.A. Nelissen
Docent(en) Gastdocent(en) , M.M.E. Hesselman, LLM. ,prof. mr. dr. F.A. Nelissen
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Handbook 1: International Environmental Law

or alternative
Pierre-Marie Dupuy & Jorge E. ViƱuales 9781107673342 €  40,50
Handbook 2: Advanced Introduction to International Environmental Law Ellen Hey 9781781954577 €  30,00
Online Reader (at Student Portal)
International Environmental Law - Cases & International Instruments, Groningen 2013. (system will be explained at the first lecture).
Nelissen and Cazemier
  • This course is only accessible for students that have been fully admitted to LLM Energy and Climate Law within the Faculty of Law.
  • Recommended: Public International Law.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
LLM Energy and Climate Law 1 semester I compulsory