JUR5911 – International Climate Change and Energy Law
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
New course code starting from the springsemester 2012 - please see the website for JUS5911 – International Climate Change and Energy Law (the course now gives 10 credits).
This course reviews the sources and principles of international climate and energy law, the interactions of the commitments under both regimes, and the new opportunities it creates for the promotion of sustainable energy, energy efficiency, and corporate responsibility. In particular, the course is based on a detailed examination of the following topics: the international climate change regime (UNFCCC/Kyoto Protocol) and the related legal mechanisms; the regulatory approaches for the involvement of companies in achieving a sustainable development and combating climate change; the legal obligations deriving from the climate regime and affecting the energy sector (a major source of emissions); the international regulation of renewable energy sources and their support; the promotion of energy efficiency measures; an assessment of the existing trade barriers raised for the defence of climate change or how to make energy trade climate friendly.
During this course, students will acquire a thorough understanding of the following topics based on the literature, lectures and case studies:
- Foundations and sources of international climate and energy law.
- Principles of international climate and energy law: Common But Differentiated responsibility, Sustainable development, Precautionary Principle, Polluter Pays principle, Sovereignty, Jurisdiction
- Implementation, enforcement and non-compliance procedures
- Regulatory approaches concerning the involvement of companies
- Main issues related to the international climate change regime (in particular the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol)
- Main issues related to the regulation of energy as impacted by the climate change regime (access to natural resources, energy production, transportation, supply and consumption patterns)
- The issues of climate change, energy security, sustainable development and human rights
- The relationship between international trade rules and international climate & energy law.
Within some of these topics a case study is used as a point of departure for a thorough examination of a specific issue. The cases will be presented at appropriate times during the course, and relevant material will be handed out.
The course will mainly have public international law components, but will also include comparative studies, which highlight fundamental parallels/differences in terms of law principles, enforcement and regulatory techniques. There are a variety of national regulatory approaches to climate change.
You may register for this course if you have admission to one of the Master’s Programs at the Law faculty. All applicants must fill the formal prerequisites.
For students studying for the professional Degree Master of Laws: prerequisites for studies as stated in the Curriculum for the Law Program at the Law Faculty.
Prerequisites for international exchange students: relevant undergraduate studies corresponding to three years at a university level (including basic knowledge in public international law).
Recommended previous knowledge
Students are expected to have prior knowledge of public international law.
Teaching is structured in 24 lectures and two seminars, where student participation is strongly recommended. Students obtain knowledge and competences as outlined above by individual studies of course literature and other course material, and by taking active part at the lectures and seminars.
Access to teaching
A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.
4 hour written examination.
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Auxiliary materials allowed during examinations for courses taught in English.
Language of examination
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
- Illness at exams / postponed exams
- Resitting an examination.
- There are special rules for resitting a passed examination in the master's programme in Law.
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take this exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.