Climate Change

2019-2020

Course Objective

(a) Subject-specific learning outcomes
By the end of this course, the student has
• Academic knowledge and understanding of central concepts of
international law, including the UNFCCC and its conventions,
international courts and tribunals, UNCLOS and customary international
law relating to environmental concerns, including state responsibility,
human rights law with focus on the ECHR, international investment law
with focus on ISDS and international trade law. (A1)
• Academic knowledge and understanding of the central concepts of
European law, including internal market law and harmonization, state aid
law and environmental law with focus on EU ETS.
• Academic knowledge and understanding of the central concepts of
national constitutional and administrative law.
• Academic knowledge and understanding of the central concepts of tort
law.
• Academic knowledge and understanding of the relation between
international, European and national law
• Academic knowledge and understanding of cross-cutting doctrinal issues
relating to public and private law, including: standing, causation and
enforcement; the underdetermined character of law, legal interpretation
and application as lawmaking; courts as political actors; strategic
litigation.
• An understanding of the influence of scientific, political, economic
and ethical discourses on law.

(b) Academic learning outcomes
By the end of this course, the student is able to
• Analyze current, climate-change related problems in their relation to
multiple legal fields, and develop legal solutions to these problems.
• Process legal sources from different jurisdictions and legal fields
for the purpose of developing legal solutions to current, climate-change
related problems.
• Complete research tasks relating to the legal dimension of climate
change in a methodically sound form.

(c) Social and communication learning outcomes
By the end of this course, the student is able to
• Complete research tasks in collaboration with other students;
rationally organize the team’s collaborative process, identifying an
appropriate way of collaboration (e.g. dividing the tasks) and taking
the different skills and backgrounds of the team members into
consideration.
• Communicate findings and opinions relating to the legal dimension of
climate change in a scientifically substantiated manner, and adapt to
the specific (e.g. cultural or educational) background of different
audiences.

(d) Study skills and professional orientation
By the end of this course, the student is able to
• Reflect on their personal role as well as that of other legal and
non-legal professionals in the context of climate change.

Course Content

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century.
Because it is shaped by human activity, societal processes influence the
overall dynamic just like chemical, physical, biological, or geological
do. The course addresses the legal dimension of climate change, and
explores the interrelations with scientific, political, economic and
ethical discourses.
Climate change affects all jurisdictions and all levels of governance,
as well as most substantive areas of law. The course provides a broad
overview, covering various international legal regimes (UNFCCC,
international trade, investment, human rights and customary law),
European regulation (environmental, competition and internal market law)
and national law (constitutional, administrative, private law).

Teaching Methods

Lectures
Seminars (Attendance is mandatory)

Method of Assessment

Assignments
Presentations

General Information

Course Code R_ClimCLIS
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator prof. dr. J.M. Harte
Examiner prof. dr. J.M. Harte
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

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