Climate Law

Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
Jaar 2020/21
Vakcode RGMRE50006
Vaknaam Climate Law
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b (Blok 2)

Uitgebreide vaknaam Climate Law
Leerdoelen After completing the course, the student will be able to:
  • Explain the objectives, principles and development of international climate law;
  • Analyse the design, implementation problems and enforcement issues of emissions trading in various jurisdictions, including the EU, in particular for the energy sector;
  • Discuss the regulation of carbon capture and storage (CCS), also in terms of legal and economic barriers to its development;
  • Explain the purpose and design of renewable energy and energy-efficiency regulation, including cross-border cooperation mechanisms to facilitate compliance;
  • Describe the (im)possibilities and most important cases of climate litigation in a global setting;
  • Understand the prospects of a professional career in the field of climate law.
Omschrijving This course aims at familiarizing students with the laws and regulations that intend to combat climate change, in particular those applying to the energy sector. The energy sector is a major emitter of greenhouse gases. Various laws and regulations have been designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stimulate climate-friendly energy sources. The course first pays attention to international climate law and then moves on to discuss European climate law and its implementation in the Member States. The international legal framework and negotiations are discussed first, including the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. Thereafter the flexible instruments will be examined that allow governments and companies to achieve their emission reduction targets in a cost-effective way. This requires a study of, for instance, International Emissions Trading and the Clean Development Mechanism, but also the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in the USA, the EU Emissions Trading Scheme as well as carbon trading schemes in Asian countries, such as China and South Korea. The course will then zoom in on climate law in the EU, focusing on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme as well as the regulation of renewables and energy-efficiency in the EU. The legal design of carbon capture and storage (CCS) will also be treated, discussing issues like financial incentives, safety norms and liabilities for potential damage. Finally, developments in the field of climate change litigation will be highlighted for different jurisdictions. The course is taught by lecturers of the University of Groningen as well as by lecturers from legal practice which provides students with enhanced knowledge of their professional prospects.
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege
(7 3-hour lectures plus in-class discussions.)
Toetsvorm schriftelijk (essayvragen)
Vaksoort m5-niveau, juridisch
Coördinator prof. dr. E. Woerdman
Docent(en) dr. L. Diestelmeier ,dr. R.J.G. Mauger, PhD. ,prof. mr. dr. M.M. Roggenkamp ,prof. dr. E. Woerdman
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Essential EU Climate Law (2015, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing) E. Woerdman, M.M. Roggenkamp and J.M. Holwerda (eds.) 9781783470570 ca. €  60,00
  • This course is only accessible for students that have been fully admitted to a master's degree programme within the Faculty of Law.
  • This course is not open to non-law exchange students.
  • Recommended: Energy Law and Policy.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Exchange programme 1 semester I b optional
LLM Energy and Climate Law 1 semester I b compulsory
Open Colleges - semester I b keuze