Thessaloniki, Greece

International Environmental Governance: Contemporary Challenges and Prospects

when 27 June 2016 - 8 July 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 250

A relatively latecomer to international law, the regulation of the environmental protection has considerably been evolving since 1972. There has been an impressive growth in the number of international instruments and institutions addressing environmental problems. However, it has not yet been possible to reverse the continuing environmental degradation.

The question of how well the international community addresses the environmental challenges is worth a renewed interest after the adoption of the Paris agreement for climate change in December 2015. What changes have taken place over the past forty-four years of environmental governance? How do international environmental agreements emerge and develop? To what extent are these agreements effective? How are they implemented and enforced? Have environmental concerns been incorporated into the human rights sphere? How does international environmental law interact with other branches of international law?

Course leader

Our faculty includes already Professors: Evangelos Raftopoulos (Panteion University, Greece), Emmanuella Doussis (University of Athens, Greece), Tullio Scovazzi (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy), Malgosia Fitzmaurice (Queen Mary University of London,

Target group

The 2016 Thessaloniki Summer Course on “International Environmental Governance: Contemporary Challenges and Prospects” is open to graduate and postgraduate students, especially LLM students and PhD candidates, researchers and practitioners from all over the world, with a keen interest in international environmental law. In the framework of the course, participants will have the chance to engage in discussions and interact with some of the most renowned scholars in the field.

Course aim

The aim of the course is to introduce the topic of international environmental law in all its facets, and engage students in discussions on advanced topics in the relevant field. The course combines theoretical presentations and practical applications and aims at providing valuable skills both at the professional and the academic level.

Fee info

EUR 250: Early-bird application: Candidates applying until 15 March 2016 will get a reduced application fee of 250€. They will be notified on their admission and any decision on scholarship requests via e-mail until 30 March 2016. They will need to pay the application fee until 10 April 2016. In case of withdrawal until 31 May 2016, 100€ will be reimbursed. There will be no reimbursement after that date.
EUR 300: Later applications: Closing date for late applications is 1 June 2016 and the application fee is 300€. Candidates will be notified on their admission and any decision on scholarship requests via e-mail until 10 June 2016. They will need to pay the application fee until 15 June 2016. There will be no reimbursement in case of withdrawal.


The Foundation may offer a limited number of scholarships upon its discretion to candidates who are nationals of non-EU and non-OECD countries and hold a law degree at the time of application. For more info, please visit the summer course's webpage.