United Kingdom, London

Climate Change Law and Policy

when 25 July 2016 - 12 August 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1450

This course introduces students to the problem of climate change law and policy in its broader international political and legal context, whilst looking at developments within regions, such as those in the Global South, and countries providing a critical comparative analysis of climate change law. Students explore the links between climate science, risk and law and are introduced to the key principles of climate change law and policy. Participants are encouraged to think about these integral elements of the course by taking part in a mock climate change litigation tribunal to solidify their knowledge.

Adopting a comparative approach provides students with a contextual understanding of how international climate change law is interpreted and developed within different jurisdictional contexts. It also offers students insights into the national and regional priorities that contribute to the design and development of law and policy on climate change in selected countries.

Course leader

Dr Feja Lesniewska, Birsha Ohdedar and Linda Siegele.

Target group

Current students, professionals + leisure learners

Course aim

On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

Explain general climate change science and how it is applied
Critically evaluate the international climate change regime and its developments since 1992
Explain the key themes and issues within climate change law.
Articulate the challenges to developing law and policy in different climate change law areas including finance, adaptation, loss and damage, litigation and human rights
Compare and contrast climate change law in Asia Pacific, South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Understand the nature of climate change law and policy in specific countries in the region, why they have developed in the form they have, evaluate the impacts both domestically and internationally.

Credits info

7.5 ECTS
Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution and typically our courses receive 3 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to claim credits from your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you enrol. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.

Assessment will be optional and will vary for each course. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance and transcripts will be available on request.

Fee info

GBP 1450: Tuition
A tuition fee of £1450 will be charged per 3-week programme. This figure does not include accommodation fees.

Application fee
A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £60 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.

An early bird discount of 10% is available if fees are paid by 31 March 2016.
15% discount for SOAS Alumni or if you take a combination of sessions 2 and 3.
20% discount for current SOAS students and our partner institutions.
Other discounts are available for groups, please contact us for further information.

Accommodation is available at an extra fee of £700 for 20 nights. For more details of how to reserve a room please our accommodation page.


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