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030476 KU Environmental stakes in international economic law (2019S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 40 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Block: 03.06.2019 bis inklusive 14.06.2019

Monday 03.06. 09:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM61 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Tuesday 04.06. 09:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM64 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Wednesday 05.06. 09:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM63 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Thursday 06.06. 09:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM44 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 4.OG
Friday 07.06. 09:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM44 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 4.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

The necessary evolution of States’ public policies in order to protect biodiversity and mitigate climate change raises complex questions about their compatibility with existing free trade agreements and investment treaties. It has already given rise to a series of disputes between member States of WTO, and between States and foreign investors. Moreover, the emergence of new economic sectors, such as renewable energies, and the use of market tools to pursue environmental goals, such as greenhouse gas emission trading, creates new challenges for international economic law. The course’s purpose is to address these evolutions and to analyse their impact on treaty drafting and legal reasoning in international law.

Assessment and permitted materials

Participation in class and a short essay.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Recommended readings:
- Daniel BODANSKY, Jutta BRUNNÉE, Lavanya RAJAMANI, International Climate Change Law, Oxford University Press, 2017.
- Laurence BOISSON DE CHAZOURNES, “Environmental Protection and Investment Arbitration: Yin and Yang”, Annuario Columbiano de Derecho Internacional, 2017, vol. 10, p. 371-399 (available at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/315303631_Environmental_Protection_and_Investment_Arbitration_Yin_and_Yang)
- Cinnamon P. CARLANE, Kevin R. GRAY, Richard G. TARASOFSKY (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of International Climate Change Law, Oxford University Press, 2016 (especially chapters 16, on greenhous gas emissions trading, and 17, on renewable energy sector).
- Steve CHARNOVITZ, « The WTO’s Environmental Progress », Journal of International Economic Law, Vol. 10, September 2007, p. 685-706.
- Kathryn GORDON, Joachim POHL, Marie BOUCHARD, Investment Treaty Law, Sustainable Development and Responsible Business Conduct: A Fact Finding Survey, OECD Working Papers on International Investment, 2014/01, OECD Publishing (available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/5jz0xvgx1zlt-en)
- Mitsuo MATSUSHITA, Thomas John SCHOENBAUM, Petros C. MAVROIDIS, Michael HAHNE The World Trade Organization: Law, Practice and Policy, Oxford University Press, 2nd ed., 2015 (especially Chapter 20, “Environmental Protection and Trade”)
- Elizabeth TRUJILLO, « A Dialogical Approach to Trade and Environment », Journal of International Economic Law, vol. 16, n° 3, 2013, pp. 535-585

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