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The "Greening" of Water Law: Implementing Environment-Friendly Principles in Contemporary Water Law

This course focuses on the implementation of international principles for sustainable water management, through the lens of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). It aims at illustrating the main “green” principles of international water law, stemming from both binding and non-binding instruments, and their implementation in domestic legislation, transboundary agreements and related court/arbitration decisions.

Introductory Course to the International Legal Framework on Environmental Impact Assessment

Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) provides a tool that assists in the anticipation and minimization of development’s negative effects. Undertaken in the early stages of project planning and design, EIA helps shape development in a manner that best suits the local environment and is most responsive to human needs. This course introduces you to the Espoo Convention, which seeks to establish Environmental Impact Assessment-based mechanisms to effectively monitor and control trans-boundary pollution.

Introductory Course to International Environmental Law

Widespread concern about the need for global action for the protection of the natural environment is a relatively recent phenomenon. Some interstate efforts to address problems relating to the oceans, endangered species, and other natural resources, date back to the nineteenth century. This course introduces you to treaty law and key concepts of international environmental law. International environmental law is a relatively recent subset of international law. It will take you 90 minutes approximately to complete the course, excluding additional materials.

Introduction to Human Rights and the Environment

This course covers the relationship between human rights and the environment; explains the bases for the application of human rights to environmental issues, and the procedural and substantive obligations relating to the environment; and gives examples of constitutions that have incorporated a right to a healthy environment, good practices in procedural and substantive environmental protection. You need about 3 hours to complete the course. 

Introduction to Environmental Governance

This course covers the basic principles and concepts of international environmental governance, explaining how international environmental agreements and policies are made, and by whom; who ensures that these agreements are complied with and, if necessary, enforced; how governance works on the level “above” the national jurisdictions, where there is no all encompassing competence as is the case on the State level. You need about 3 hours to complete the course. 

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