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Summer Programme on International and European Environmental Law: Facing the Challenges?

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By Dr Wybe Th. Douma, Senior researcher EU Law and International Trade Law, T.M.C. Asser Instituut

From 25 – 29 August 2014, the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in cooperation with the European Environmental Law (EEL) Network and the Hague Environmental Law Facility (HELF) organises its first Summer Programme on International and European Environmental Law.

This uniquely designed and intensive one-week programme intents to provide a thorough analysis of recent developments and selected issues of International and European Environmental Law. By focusing on global instruments as well as the manner in which the European Union implements such instruments, the programme contributes to a better understanding of the ways in which global environmental challenges can be tackled effectively in practice. Moreover, it will be critically examined whether the existing global and EU regimes are robust enough to face the environmental challenges of today and tomorrow. For instance, the climate change regimes, and the prospects for future regimes will be dealt with by experts involved in EU and international climate negotiations.

The programme will consist of interactive lectures by renowned experts from academia and practice, and study-visits to relevant institutions and organisations. It will focus on compliance and enforcement measures of International and European Environmental Law, and will be structured around horizontal topics and sector related issues. In this manner, a wide variety of topics will be covered including climate and energy law, the role of the judiciary (notably the European Court of Justice and the International Court of Justice) in protection of the environment, sustainable management of natural resources, international trade in dangerous substances, liability for environmental damage, water law, and environmental protection under the EU-USA Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Confirmed speakers include Prof. Jan Jans (University of Groningen), Prof. Nico Schrijver (Leiden University), Leonardo Massai (Catholic University of Lille), Jürgen Lefevere (Adviser, Climate Policy and International Negotiations at European Commission’s DG Climate) and Jens Hamer (German Federal Court of Auditors, previously working at the European Court of Justice).

The programme is directed towards practitioners (civil servants, lawyers, NGO representatives etc.) and researchers who deal with the protection of the environment.

You can register by completing the online application form at: The deadline for application is 14 July 2014.  For more information please visit or contact

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