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Advanced Environmental Law 15 credits

Avancerad miljörätt
Second cycle, J7001N
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
The version indicates the term and period for which this course syllabus is valid. The most recent version of the course syllabus is shown first.

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject group (SCB)
Law and Legal Studies
Main field of study

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree of 180 credits in jurisprudence/law, of which at least 7,5 credits in basic environmental law (J0005N), or equivalent.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
After completing the course the student should be able to:
  • describe how the Swedish environmental and natural resources legislation is structured
  • describe the foundation of international environmental law and EC environmental law
  • explain and exemplify how the different environmental legal regimes relate to the objective of sustainable development
  • describe, explain and discuss the relationship between international environmental law, EC environmental law and the Swedish environmental legislation
  • identify, structure, discuss and solve complex legal issues that occur in the field of environmental law
  • analyze, discuss and relate to certain central legal issues within the international and EC environmental law, such as human rights issues and questions regarding climate change
  • reflect upon and critically relate to the political processes and negotiations that serve as the starting point for the development of, primarily, international environmental law
  • analyze and assess the environmental consequences of precedential court cases with connection to Swedish environmental and natural resources legislation as well as international and EC environmental law

The course includes the Swedish, international and EC environmental law and natural resources development, focusing on the possibilities to direct society towards sustainable development via laws and legal rules. The course involves deepened studies of the Swedish environmental law and the basics of international and EC law. Parts of the international law and EC law are studied more deeply, for example questions regarding human rights and climate change.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The course includes lectures, classes and obligatory seminars. The student shall prepare each occasion by reading relevant parts of the course literature and study appointed material and questions. Prior to every seminar, the student shall submit a written assignment dealing with appointed issues.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The student shall indicate that he or she meets the objectives of the course, orally by active participation at all seminars and in written memorandums.

Seminars, Grade: U, G, VG:
The student shall attain the seminars well prepared and show that he/she is able to orally analyze, explain and discuss the subject matter; present solutions to complex environmental legal issues; assess the environmental consequences of precedential court cases; and reflect upon and critically relate to the political processes that serve as the basis for the development of environmental law.

Written memorandum, Grade: U, G, VG:
The student shall prove his/her capability to express, evaluate, analyse and reflect upon complex environmental legal issues, as well as analyse and assess the consequences of precedential court cases in writing via the written assignments, in which language management and structure are very important parts.

The final course mark is determined when all course moments are approved.

Students must register for the courses themselves or contact ETKS educational administration, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Maria Pettersson

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2017 Sp 1
Articles, court cases and other electronic material can be added and is then included in the course claim.

Michanek, G. & Zetterberg, C. Den svenska miljörätten. Iustus Förlag AB, Uppsala.
Bodansky, D. The Art and Craft of International Environmental Law. Harvard University Press.
Ebbeson, J. & Okowa, P. Environmental law and Justice in Context, Cambridge University Press.

Course offered by
Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001SeminarsU G VG *7.50MandatoryA10
0002Written assignment reportsU G VG *7.50MandatoryA10

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Head of the Department of Business Administration and Social Sciences 07 Aug 2010

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts 17 Feb 2021