Water and Environmental Law

The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to theoretical and practical aspects of water and environmental resources management from a legal and policy perspective. 

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2021 (Cancelled)
Course in 2021 is cancelled

the course in 2021 has been cancelled

For whom?

This short course is for top and mid-level decision makers, technical experts and professional trainers and researchers in relevant technical and managerial fields of work in both the public and private sector. 


Affinity with governance subjects and aspects of environmental sustainability, good writing and reading skills of the English language

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 22 February 2021
End: 19 March 2021
ECTS credit points: 5
Deadline IHE application: 31 January 2021 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 3000
Course is cancelled

Start: 14 February 2022
End: 04 March 2022
Deadline IHE application: 13 January 2022 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 3000

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. Integrate and perceive legal knowledge within its water and environmental governance domain, connect with discourses on water justice and equitable water distribution.
  2. Critically investigate and grasp relevant dimensions and sources of water and environmental law (including customs, principles, jurisdictions, rights, instruments, organizations) applicable to the water and environmental field from local to global level.
  3. Obtain proficiency in the review of contrasting legal arguments.
  4. Gain practical skills in management of contracts, partnerships and agreements at various levels of governance in the context of intensive group work.

Course content

The national component plays an important part in the international part of this short course, and the international component is interwoven into the national dimension. The course uses interactive lectures, practices in stakeholder interviews and analysis, negotiation exercises, role-plays, workshops, case studies, the internet and audio-visual means.

Subjects at the international level

  • The UN institutional framework relevant to water and environmental law and management;
  • Theoretical concepts of multi-level governance, good governance, the rule of law, participatory approaches and international relations theories;
  • General principles of international law, and international water and environmental law;
  • Elaboration and analysis of the UN Law on the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses and international treaties on climate change, desertification, biodiversity, depletion of the ozone layer and forestry;
  • Some regional water and environmental agreements;
  • Major water and environmental disputes and cases;
  • Negotiation theory;
  • Dispute resolution.

Subjects at the national level

  • National water and environmental law systems,
  • Institutional and management arrangements;
  • Decentralization, decision-making and communication;
  • Contract management.



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