Name Cr Method of study Time Location Organiser
Climate Change and the Law 5 Cr Lecture Course 28.10.2019 - 12.12.2019
Climate Change and the Law 5 Cr Lecture Course 30.10.2018 - 27.11.2018
Climate Change and the Law 5 Cr Lecture Course 30.10.2017 - 27.11.2017

Target group

This course is aimed at students in the Master's Programme in International Business Law (IBL). Other law degree students and law exchange students are welcome to attend this course as well, if there is space.


Recommended basic international, European or environmental law, suitable interdisciplinary studies.

Learning outcomes

Understanding goals and strategies of existing climate change and energy regimes.


II teaching period


— The climate change regime: context and development.

— International cooperation and conventions: UN Climate Change Convention 1992.

— The International Climate Change Panel (IPPC).

— EU climate change system (mitigation): emission trading and others.

— Adaptation to climate change: strategies and examples: erosion, floods, fiood safety.

— Water and forest adaptation strategies.

— The carbon-free (CO2) future (20–20–20) – negotiations and expectations?

— Energy and climate change: renewable energy sources.


Lecture course (26 h) including guidance for preparing personal seminar papers (home work 52 h). Presence and presentation of draft report required. Learning diary.

Activities and teaching methods in support of learning

Visits to expert organisations are optional.

Study materials

— Carter, Timothy: Implications of international climate change impacts on Finland. Ympäristöministeriö 2006–2007.

— Hollo, Erkki J. – Kulovesi, Kati – Mehling, Michael (ed.): Climate Change and the Law. Springer 2013.

— Hollo, Erkki J. – Kuokkanen, Tuomas – Utter, Robert: Ilmasto-oikeus. Talentum 2011.

— Melkas, Eriika: The Climate Change Convention and the KKyoto Protocol. Ympäristöjuridiikka 4/2001 pp. 7–58.

— Sands, Philippe: Principles of International Law. 2nd ed. Cambridge University Press 2003.

— Yamin, Farhana – Delpledge, Joanna: The International Climate Change Regime. Cambridge Universioty Presse 2004.

Assessment practices and criteria

Participation and seminar report are assessed together (maximum 5 points).

Recommended optional studies

Courses in European and international as well as economic or environmental law.