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Environmental Law and Policy


The course examines the main instruments regulating States’ environmental policy from a multilayered governance perspective. It first introduces the students to the main features of international environmental law (actors, sources and institutional frameworks) and gives an overview of its foundational principles and objectives, which contribute to the pursuance of sustainable development. It then focuses on climate change and energy, with a focus on how the international regime (from the UNFCCC through the Kyoto Protocol to the Paris Agreement) shape the regional instruments (with a focus on the European Union legislation) and the national policy responses (with a focus on the Swiss legislation). Finally, it addresses the relationship between environmental protection instruments and other branches of international law such as international economic law and human rights.

Basic textbook:

Selected chapters taken from Pierre-Marie Dupuy and Jorge E. Viñuales, International Environmental Law (Cambridge University Press, 2a edizione, 2018)

Additional reading:

Selected articles and cases made available on the portal iCorsi (including a series of lecture notes prepared by the Professor).



Espa I.

Course director

Mensi A.


Additional information

Academic year
Master of Science in Economics, Elective course, Minor in Data Science, 2nd year
Master of Science in Economics, Elective course, Minor in Public Policy, 2nd year
Master of Science in Economics in Economia e Politiche Internazionali, Core course, 1st year