Informations générales

Objectives

The completion of the course enabled participants to understand the role of international law in the protection of the environment, to achieve a basic knowledge of international environmental law, its evolution, basic principles and some specific MEAs, raising their awareness on techniques and procedures to further improve compliance and enforcement of environmental obligations at the national level.

Content and Methodology

This basic course covered a duration of two months and was divided in four modules (two weeks per module, with an average study-time of two hours per day) that provided a general overview of international environmental law, introducing its fundamental principles, law making process, implementation and compliance procedures, and negotiations of environmental agreements:

Module 1:
Introduction to International Environmental Law
Module 2:
Techniques and Procedures in International Environmental Law
Module 3:
International Environmental Negotiations
Module 4:
Developments and Trends in International Environmental Law
 

The modules were structured so as to provide participants a sequential flow of reading materials and activities. Participants followed the reading materials of each module - either by consulting them online or by downloading them for offline reading; submitted the assessment and exercises requested and participated in the discussion forums.

Mentoring: Participants had direct access to the experts involved in the content development and design of the course.
 
Assessment: Retention of knowledge was assured with online tests and other measurements and/or review features. Each one of the four modules of the course was followed by an online assessment. This assessment was comprised either by quizzes in a multiple-choice and/or true/false type questions or by open-ended questions.
 
Interaction:Communication tools supported learners’ interaction and the development of learning communities, providing opportunities for collaboration and knowledge sharing. Emails and discussions forums were used to provide participants with access to their tutors and fellows. A user-friendly discussion board provided easy access to discussion forums that facilitated communication between learners. This peer-to-peer interaction enabled learners to establish their own learning groups, fostering active learning.
 
Target Audience
 
The Basic Course in International Environmental Law was addressed towards stakeholders directly involved with environmental administration and policy making. Specifically, the course targeted government officials from Ministries of Environment and Ministries of Foreign Affairs, international civil servants and NGO representatives working in the field of environmental law, environmental management, international relations, international politics and other areas related to sustainable development.