LAW-22306 International and EU Environmental Law


Studiepunten 6.00

Individual Paper0
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)prof.dr. JAW van Zeben
Lecturer(s)prof.dr. JAW van Zeben
Examiner(s)prof.dr. JAW van Zeben

Language of instruction:


Continuation courses:

All other LAW courses except for LAW1XXX6- Introduction to Law for the Life Sciences.


This course offers an overview of how international and EU law responds to today’s most pressing environmental problems. It shows which unique solutions, and problems, the legal system presents in relation to these environmental problems. Topics such as climate change, marine protection, biodiversity, the use of scientific information in law, and the role of human rights come to the fore. Overarching themes include the interaction and overlap of national and international legal systems in addressing environmental problems, and the role of individuals in these processes. In order to provide students with a solid foundation, fundamentals of EU and international (environmental) law are also set out, leading to the development of legal skills and knowledge that students can use beyond the current course.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand the key public and private actors, institutions and processes of international and EU environmental law;
- identify the main regulatory challenges for environmental law from a global, national and local perspective;
- understand the different ways in which law can protect, and endanger, the environment;
- critically compare different regulatory approaches to environmental problems.


Activities for this course include:
- prepare for, attend and participate in lectures;
- prepare for, attend and participate in tutorials;
- prepare tutorial assignments;
- do the readings.


Written open book (selected materials) exam – combination of multiple-choice and open questions: 100%.
A bonus point (up to 0.25) can be achieved through successful participation in the tutorials and tutorial assignments (P/F). This bonus point will remain valid for 5 years and only applies to passing grades achieved in the exam.


van Zeben and Rowell, A Guide to EU Environmental Law, University of California Press (2020)

Additional readings provided through Brightspace.

Verplicht voor: BESEnvironmental SciencesBScA: Spec. A - Environmental Policy and Economics3WD
Keuze voor: MESEnvironmental SciencesMSc3WD