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Transboundary Environmental Law

The course Transboundary Environmental Law aims to provide in-depth knowledge of Environmental Law in transboundary contexts.

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Transboundary Environmental Law is given as an elective course within the framework of the exchange programmes at the Department of Law, Stockholm University. Swedish law students admitted by the department are also given access to the course.

Read more about exchange programmes at the Department of Law

The transboundary dimension in this course involves international law, supranational law (mainly the EU) and transnational structures and practices (e.g. extraterritorial application of national law) to manage, resolve and control environmental issues across state borders. Environmental law issues encompass the regulation and processes relating to, among others, climate change, air, water and soil pollution the protection of nature and biodiversity, as well as the legal control of waste and hazardous substances.

Transboundary environmental law also covers development policies, changes in the legal thinking across state borders, and comparative studies of environmental law concepts and approaches. The course also examines various thematic legal issues on dispute resolution, international institutions, environmental protection and globalisation, trade, or human rights, the environmental responsibility of transnational companies, environmental democracy, and finally sanctions, implementation and achievement of objectives.

  • Course structure

    Follow the link below to read more about the course details.

    Syllabus - Transboundary Environmental Law

    Course Outline (864 Kb)


    Teaching format

    Instruction is initially given mainly in the form of lectures, which are later supplemented by seminars. During the course, students will write a short memorandum of about 2 pages and an essay.


    Examination is conducted through the assessment of the memorandum and the essay, through attendance at seminars and through a written examination at the end of the course.


    Jonas Ebbesson

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.


    • Kingston, Heyvaert & Čavošky, European Environmental Law, 1st edition, Cambridge University Press, 2017, 527 pages
    • Dupuy & Viñuales, International Environmental Law, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, 2018, 522 pages


  • More information

    Learning platform

    During the course, registered students will receive additional course information on the Athena learning platform.

    The Departement

    Read more about education at the Department of Law at Stockholm University on our homepage.

    Education - Department of Law 


  • Contact

    Course contact:

    Teaching assistant: 
    Valentina Barrios  

    Course manager: 
    Jonas Ebbesson