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660061-M-6
International and European Environmental Law
Course info
Course module660061-M-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg Law School; TLS: Europ. and International Public Law; European and International Public Law;
Is part of
M Law and Technology
M Economics
M Law
M International and European Law
Contact personprof. dr. J.M. Verschuuren
Lecturer(s)
Lecturer
prof. dr. J.M. Verschuuren
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Coordinator course
prof. dr. J.M. Verschuuren
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Starting block
SM 1
Course mode
Full-time
RemarksThis information is not up to date. Check the Course Catalog 2019 or select the course via “Register”.
Registration openfrom 13/08/2018 09:00 up to and including 31/07/2019
Aims
  • the student understands the role of law in addressing environmental problems through international legal instruments at the international and EU level, and the interplay between the three levels of governance (intl-EU-domestic)
  • the student knows the basic content of important environmental treaties and EU Directives on selected topics, such as water, nature, waste, air pollution, climate change and understands how these influence domestic laws and policies
  • the student explains the meaning of the goals and principles of international and EU environmental law, such as the concept of sustainable development, the precautionary principle, the polluter pays principle etc., and is able to analyse and comment on current debates in environmental law & policy using these principles
  • the student understands how human rights can be impacted by environmental pollution, and is able to assess the potential of a human rights based approach to addressing degradation of the environment
  • the student shows the various legal options to obtain compensation in case of pollution, and is able to assess which of these are the most effective
  • the student knows the various compliance mechanisms in intl. and EU environmental law and is able to assess the effectiveness of these mechanisms

Specifics

This subject will not be taught in 2016-2017!

Recommended Prerequisites

Basic knowledge EU law. If you lack that, please follow the crashcourse (European Union Law: An Introduction)
Content
The course 'International and European environmental law' is offered in the first semester and is usually followed by students of a variety of master programmes such as International and European Law (EU law and international law and global governance tracks), Law and Technology, International Business Law and the Dutch Master Rechtsgeleerdheid.
The first lectures deal with general aspects of international and European environmental law (principles, institutions, harmonization etc.). In other lectures, more specific issues will be covered, such as the role of human rights in environmental issues, the problems related to climate change, nature conservation, water management, air pollution, waste, etc. These issues will be discussed both from an international law and a European law perspective. The interplay between the various levels of law (international - European - national) will be the main focus of the course.
For students in the EU tracks of the LLM International and European Law, this course is relevant as it gives a broad overview of EU environmental law and, through a thematic approach (focus environment) touches upon all basic elements of EU law, such as harmonization, free movement of goods, competition, role of EU Court of Justice etc.
For students in the international law and global governance track of the LLM International and European Law, this course is especially relevant for students of the pillars 'human rights and human security' and 'global sustainability and environmental law', as it deals with human rights in the context of environmental degradation and gives a broad overview of current international environmental law. .
For law & technology students, the course on international and European environmental law is interesting because it shows and explains the role of technology, as a cause and a solution of environmental problems. As a consequence, environmental law sets important conditions to technological development, and, at the same time, has the ability to stimulate the development of new, clean technologies.
For students interested in domestic law, such as students of the LLM Law, International and European Environmental Law is relevant because, in the EU, environmental law has been almost completely harmonized. As a consequence, domestic environmental law in the Netherlands, or any other EU mamber state, is almost entirely determined by EU Directives and Regulations. For Dutch legal practice in the field of environmental and planning lw, therefore, this course is essential.

Compulsory Reading
  1. Philippe Sands and Jacqueline Peel, Principles of International Environmental Law, Cambridge University Press, 2018 (fourth edition), ISBN 978-1-108-42095-2
  2. Geert van Calster, Leonie Reins, EU Environmental Law, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017, ISBN 978-1-78254-917-8
Timetable information
660061-M-6|Intern. and European Environmental Law
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Take-home / Take-homeEXAM_01SM 1214-01-2019
Required materials
Literature
For the international law part of the course: Philippe Sands and Jacqueline Peel, Principles of International Environmental Law, Cambridge University Press, 2018 (fourth edition), ISBN 978-1-108-42095-2
ISBN:978-1-108-42095-2
Title:Principles of International Environmental Law
Author:Philippe Sands and Jacqueline Peel
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Edition:4
Literature
For the EU law part of the course: Geert van Calster and Leonie Reins, EU Environmental Law, Edward Elgar 2017, ISBN 978-1-78254-917-8
ISBN:978-1-78254-917-8
Title: EU Environmental Law
Author:Geert van Calster and Leonie Reins
Publisher:Edward Elgar
Edition:1
Reader
There is a short syllabus (of just a few pages) for the course that provides all relevant information for this course (on the lectures, how to prepare for each lecture, exam, etc.). This syllabus is available through Blackboard.
Title:Syllabus International and European Environmental Law
Author:Jonathan Verschuuren
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