Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) are the predominant legal method for addressing trans boundary environmental problems. Adopted by States, MEAs are standard-settings instruments for effective global environmental protection. However, nowadays some States, particularly least developed and developing countries, face the challenge of implementing over 300 MEAs due to limited technical, financial and human resources. For the adequate implementation of and compliance with MEAs at a national level, there is a need to develop specific capacities on International Environmental Law (IEL), specifically its techniques and procedures of adoption, implementation and compliance.
The course provides participants with a comprehensive knowledge of the techniques and procedures being applied to further improve the adoption, compliance and enforcement processes of environmental law and policies at an international and national level.
At the end of the course participants will be able to:
- Identify the environmental regulatory measures necessary to avoid environmental harm and reduce or eliminate environmental risk
- Identify the objectives, requirements, scope and content of environmental impact assessment procedures
- Identify the purposes and utility of licensing and permit systems
- Differentiate between the different kinds of economic measures aimed at protecting the environment
- Identify the public’s procedural right in environmental decision-making
- Identify the main techniques available to ensure the formulation and implementation of environmental law
- Identify the non-compliance and enforcement procedures of MEAs
- Identify the techniques/procedures in IEL that can be applied to a given case study
Content and Structure
This course is divided into three modules with a total of seven interactive lessons. Module 1 covers regulatory and economic measures used within the framework of IEL. In Module 2 participants will learn about environmental impact assessment, licensing and permitting. Finally, Module 3 explains the role of public participation and Human Rights in IEL, and presents implementation and compliance procedures, enforcement mechanisms and remedies. Each module presents lessons, tasks, discussion forums and assessments.
The course is composed of lessons, which help participants to acquire the required knowledge necessary for the tasks, discussion forums and quizzes. Practical examples and case study analysis allow for the direct application of the knowledge acquired. At the end of the course, participants are expected to submit a final report tackling relevant elements of a case study based on the knowledge gained. Apart from the core content, a number of additional resources are available for participants to further deepen their knowledge on the subject.
This course is designed for government officials from ministries of the environment, agriculture, forests, water, tourism, foreign affairs, and from other related areas. It also targets international civil servants, NGO representatives, judges, prosecutors and lawyers working in the fields of environmental law/management, international relations/politics and sustainable development. Additionally, it is directed at academics, private sector professionals and graduates/researchers interested in specializing in IEL.