International Environmental Policy, Governance, Institutions and Stakeholders

The course aims at introducing students to the international framework for environmental protection, including international institutions, policies and the principles and rules of international environmental law. The course introduces briefly the main global environmental problems stressing their importance and establishing the urgent need to resolve them. The course examines how the international community has recognised and sought to deal with the interdependence of the global environment through regional and international agreements. A brief history of the development of the key international environmental institutions will be also presented. The role of these international institutions, like UNEP and CSD, will be examined, as well as the main multilateral, environment-related agreements, like the Montreal and the Kyoto Protocols. The course will also study the role of “stakeholders” in international environmental governance.