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International and European Environmental Law

July 2nd to July 8th 2007

This program, offered for a third year, aims to offer an accelerated, intense, practical based and detailed training of high quality on European, Canadian and international environmental law, in a comparative perspective, with some of the best experts of the world.

The program proposes an impressive team of 15 specialists from Quebec and 10 European and American countries. It wants to promote exchange of knowledge and experiences between key actors of different nationalities through interactive and participative and to provide the participants with a complete and updated set of related documentation (legal texts and proposals, Commission communications and Green papers, Court cases, written contributions of speakers, etc).

The academic director of the school is Ludwig Kraemer, of the College of Europe in Brugges and former Head of the Environmental Governance Unit at the European Union. (The course is credited by the Faculty of Law at the graduate level.)

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The school is offered by the Chaire Jean Monnet en intégration européenne, the Institut d’Études Européennes and the Centre de développement de la recherche internationale en environnement, three units of the CÉRIUM. The school is also being held with the cooperation of CÉRIUM’s International Studies Masters Program and can carry three Master’s credits (DRT 6830D).

1.General Presentation

The Centre for International Studies of the University of Montreal (CERIUM) , the Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration and the Institute for European studies, with the collaboration of the Law Faculty of the Université de Montréal, organize for the 3rd year a training course in international en european environmental law. This programme, offered in English and in French, includes 36 hours of lectures and case studies. It will take place at the University of Montreal (Canada), from July 2 to July 7, 2007.

The training level offered is general, covering the main horizontal topics of International and European law, with a special emphasis on practical enforcement and comparative law.

2. Objectives of the programme

- To offer a high quality accelerated, intensive and detailed training on European and international environmental law, in a comparative perspective, given by some of the best world experts ;
- To promote the exchange of knowledge and experiences between key participants of different nationalities ;
- To offer the participants a complete and updated set of related legal documentation (legal texts and proposals, Commission communications and Green papers, Court cases, written contributions of speakers, etc.).

3. Targeted Public

This programme is intended for post-graduate students studying in law, but is also open to other post-graduate students from other fields wishing to acquire a solid overview of international environmental law. Other than students, the course is also attended by civil servants in charge of environmental protection policies, members of non governmental organizations, members of scientific or academic institutions and researchers, economic operators or representatives of professional federations and associations, judges, attorneys and consultants. Their presence enriches the discussion and the learning experience.

4. Organising Team

Academic supervision :
Ludwig KRÄMER, Lecturer at the College of Europe, Bruges, Honorar Professor, Bremen University, Visiting Professor, University College London
Scientific Committee:
Françoise MANIET, Coordinator, Chaire Jean Monnet en intégration européenne
Hélène TRUDEAU, Professor, Law Faculty, Université de Montréal et directrice, CEDRIE
Coordination :
Jean-François LISÉE, Executive director, CÉRIUM
Françoise MANIET, Coordinator, Chaire Jean Monnet en intégration européenne
Karine Bates, Assistant coordinator, CÉRIUM
Emilia Serafin, Logistic, CÉRIUM
Supervision of credited students: Céline NÈGRE, coordinator ,CEDRIE, CÉRIUM

5. Languages

The programme is offered in two languages; participants have to choose between the English and French programmes. However, the roundtable on the comparison between Canadian, American and European environmental law will be bilingual.

6. Pedagogical support

All legal documentation will be provided in both languages, French and English. CD-roms containing all legislative documents will be sent to the participants a few weeks before the session begins, in French or in English, depending on the choice of each participant.

Reading these documents is not compulsory – unless contrary indications of professors – but highly recommended.

Only participants to the training course will be able to access the professors’ powerpoint presentations (if any), on the web sites of the Jean Monnet Chair and CERIUM. Those powerpoint presentations will be distributed in printed version on demand.

7. Program

The programme is divided into three different parts: it includes an introductory lecture presenting a general overview of international and European environmental law and numerous courses on specific topics of international and European environmental law.

a) Introductory courses (6 hours)

The training course includes an introductory lecture presenting a general overview of international and European environmental law and numerous courses on specific topics of international and European environmental law.

The introductory course presents the historical context and describes the origins and sources of international and European environmental law. It also presents the major principles, the concepts and objectives pursued and the main actors in charge of creating and implementing norms. The first part of the introductory course is related to international environmental law, and the second one to European environmental law.

b) Horizontal topics (9 Hours)

The lectures on horizontal topics deal with procedural rights to environment and monitoring and enforcement of environmental law.

c) Vertical topics (21h.)

A special focus will be made on waste, chemical products and environment protection, air pollution and climate change, biodiversity, water protection and WTO and environment protection.

8. Course Schedule

9. Practical Information

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