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Course module: RGMAIN450
RGMAIN450
International Environmental Law
Course info
Course codeRGMAIN450
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Law, Economics and Governance; Graduateschool REBO; Public International Law;
Contact personmr. H. Dotinga
Telephone+31 30 2537095
E-mailH.Dotinga@uu.nl
Lecturers
Contactperson for the course
mr. H. Dotinga
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Lecturer
mr. H. Dotinga
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Teaching period
2  (12/11/2012 to 03/02/2013)
Teaching period in which the course begins
2
Time slotC: MON-afternoon, TUE-afternoon,THU-morning
Study mode
Full-time
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Pre-enrolmentNo
Waiting listNo
Aims
Course objectives: After this course: - the student has knowledge of international environmental law in general and understanding of its historical development and factual, social and political context - the student has knowledge of international law dealing with specific environmental issues, including transboundary air pollution, ozone depletion, climate change, marine environment, international watercourses, environment and trade, nature conservation, and the polar regions - the student is able to connect theory with practice and apply his knowledge to practical problems. Content: Our planet is faced with many environmental problems that can only be resolved through international cooperation. Air pollution, pollution of rivers, the degradation of the oceans and its living resources, climate change, ozone depletion, loss of biodiversity and international trade in hazardous waste are only a few examples of environmental issues that are addressed by the discrete area of public international law that is known as international environmental law. The course starts with a general introduction into the subject and then continues with a series of lectures addressing specific environmental issues of international concern. The general introduction covers the historical development and main sources of international environmental law, key actors and the particularities of the process of law-making and law-enforcement in this field. It also covers the most important general rules and principles of international environmental law and the concept of sustainable development. The course will then focus on several substantive issues and the associated multilateral environmental agreements and/or applicable rules of customary international law. These issues include the protection of the atmosphere (air pollution, ozone depletion and climate change), international watercourses, the oceans, biodiversity and nature conservation, and the polar regions. The course will also address several horizontal issues including responsibility and liability for environmental damage and the relationship between trade and the environment. The course is designed to provide students with firsthand experience of international environmental law in practice. The practical skills of students will be trained in a reality-based simulation. Place of this course within the curriculum: - Required elective course in the master Public International Law - Required elective course in the master International Business and Globalisation - Optional legal course in other master programmes Students need to have a good basic knowledge of public international law.
Content

Course objectives:
After this course:
- the student has knowledge of international environmental law in general and understanding of its historical development and factual, social and political context
- the student has knowledge of international law dealing with specific environmental issues, including transboundary air pollution, ozone depletion, climate change, marine environment, international watercourses, environment and trade, nature conservation, and the polar regions
- the student is able to connect theory with practice and apply his knowledge to practical problems.

Content:
Our planet is faced with many environmental problems that can only be resolved through international cooperation. Air pollution, pollution of rivers, the degradation of the oceans and its living resources, climate change, ozone depletion, loss of biodiversity and international trade in hazardous waste are only a few examples of environmental issues that are addressed by the discrete area of public international law that is known as international environmental law.

The course starts with a general introduction into the subject and then continues with a series of lectures addressing specific environmental issues of international concern. The general introduction covers the historical development and main sources of international environmental law, key actors and the particularities of the process of law-making and law-enforcement in this field. It also covers the most important general rules and principles of international environmental law and the concept of sustainable development. The course will then focus on several substantive issues and the associated multilateral environmental agreements and/or applicable rules of customary international law. These issues include the protection of the atmosphere (air pollution, ozone depletion and climate change), international watercourses, the oceans, biodiversity and nature conservation, and the polar regions. The course will also address several horizontal issues including responsibility and liability for environmental damage and the relationship between trade and the environment.

The course is designed to provide students with firsthand experience of international environmental law in practice. The practical skills of students will be trained in a reality-based simulation.

Place of this course within the curriculum:
- Required elective course in the master Public International Law
- Required elective course in the master International Business and Globalisation
- Optional legal course in other master programmes

 

Entry requirements
You must have completed the bachelor exam
Prerequisite knowledge
Students need to have a good basic knowledge of public international law
Prerequisite knowledge can be obtained through
Introduction to Public International Law
Required materials
Book
P. Sands & J. Peel, Principles of International Environmental Law, 3rd edition, Cambridge University Press, 2012
Reader
Reader International Environmental Law 2012-2013
Miscellaneous
Blackboard: additional materials, PowerPoint presentations, feedback.
Instructional formats
Lecture

General remarks
Each lecture will introduce one of the general topics or themes. Several lectures will be given by guest lecturers.

Class session preparation
Each participant in the course is expected to prepare the lectures by reading the prescribed materials.

Small-group session

General remarks
Each week an interactive tutorial will be held, in which students will actively discuss one of the instruments, cases or other prescribed materials. One of the tutorials wil consist of a reality-based simulation (a conference of the parties to a multilateral environmental agreement, international negotiations and/or a court procedure).

Class session preparation
Each participant in the course is expected to prepare the tutorials by reading the prescribed materials and preparing answers to the study questions. Participants are expected to engage in discussion in all tutorial meetings and actively participate in the simulation. Students wil prepare the simulation in groups. Instuctions will be made available through Blackboard.

Contribution to group work
Students will prepare the simulation in groups.

Tests
Active participation
Test weight10
Minimum grade1

Assessment
Attendance and active partipation in the discussions during the tutorials.

Written test 1
Test weight40
Minimum grade1

Assessment
Open (case)questions

Written test 2
Test weight50
Minimum grade1

Assessment
Open (case)questions

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