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2016 Thessaloniki Summer Course, “International Environmental Governance: Contemporary Challenges and Prospects”, 27 June to 8 July 2016

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The Second Thessaloniki Summer Course to be hosted by the Foundation in the historical city of Thessaloniki from 27 June to 8 July 2016 will deal with the ever-increasing importance of International Environmental Law and is titled “International Environmental Governance: Contemporary Challenges and Prospects”.

A relatively latecomer to international law, the regulation of the environmental protection has considerably been evolving since 1972. There has been an impressive growth in the number of international instruments and institutions addressing environmental problems. However, it has not yet been possible to reverse the continuing environmental degradation.

The question of how well the international community addresses the environmental challenges is worth a renewed interest after the adoption of the Paris agreement for climate change in December 2015. What changes have taken place over the past forty-four years of environmental governance? How do international environmental agreements emerge and develop? To what extent are these agreements effective? How are they implemented and enforced? Have environmental concerns been incorporated into the human rights sphere? How does international environmental law interact with other branches of international law?

The 2016 Thessaloniki Summer Course will review the development of international environmental law over the past forty-four years and focus on its role in addressing environmental problems and contemporary challenges of its implementation and enforcement.

Our Programme will offer an intensive ten-day session, where core features of International Environmental Law and its relationship with other fields of international law and politics will be covered. These include climate change, human rights approaches, law of the sea, foreign investments, the normative development and treaty-negotiation process, environmental compliance and enforcement, liability for environmental damage, as well as environmental governance in the EU, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Arctic region.

Our faculty includes already Professors: Evangelos Raftopoulos (Panteion University, Greece), Emmanuella Doussis (University of Athens, Greece), Tullio Scovazzi (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy), Malgosia Fitzmaurice (Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom), Nathalie Ros (University of Tours, France), Jorge Vinuales (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom), Maria Gavouneli (University of Athens, Greece) and Vasiliki Karageorgou (Panteion University, Greece).

The 2016 Thessaloniki Summer Course on “International Environmental Governance: Contemporary Challenges and Prospects” is open to graduate and postgraduate students, especially LLM students and PhD candidates, researchers and practitioners from all over the world, with a keen interest in international environmental law. In the framework of the course, participants will have the chance to engage in discussions and interact with some of the most renowned scholars in the field.

The 2016 Programme will include an introductory as well as several specialized courses on international environmental law. In addition, participants will attend special lectures, seminars as well as roundtables offered by academics, experts, policy advisers and practitioners.

The entire session will be held in English.

Applications for the 2016 Thessaloniki Summer Course are open since 15 February 2016. For more information on how to apply and the fees, as well as the faculty and the provisional programme of the session or the accommodation please visit http://www.koufafoundation.org/apply .

The Foundation may offer a limited number of scholarships upon its discretion to candidates who are nationals of non-EU and non-OECD countries and hold a law degree at the time of application. More information may be found here.

The Foundation awards a Certificate of Attendance to all participants who have regularly attended the courses, lectures and expert workshops. The Foundation will also award a Course Diploma.

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