Climate change, energy policies and the green economy in an international and comparative law perspective

A.Y. 2018/2019
Overall hours
IUS/02 IUS/13
Learning objectives
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
Have an understanding the scientific and policy dimensions of climate change and their relationship with legal regulation;
Have familiarity with the policy options, regulatory techniques, and implementation challenges of the international legal framework on climate change;
Have an advanced knowledge of the legal instruments founding the Climate Change Regime (1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), 1997 Kyoto Protocol to the UNFCC, 2015 Paris Agreement to the UNFCCC)
Understand and evaluate critically legal issues regarding the international legal framework on Climate Change;
Understand interlinkages between the Climate Change regime, notions of general international law and other sectoral regimes;
Acquire and use written and oral communication skills as regards the issues dealt with in the course and use them to build solid legal arguments using appropriate legal concepts and language.
Expected learning outcomes
The Course explores and analyses the origin, achievements, and challenges of Public International Law responses to Climate Change. It will place the legal analysis of the climate change regime in a multidisciplinary perspective and in the broader context of international law.
Through the Course, students will acquire an advanced knowledge of the specific international legal regulation of climate change (UN Climate Change Regime) and an understanding of its interlinkages with other areas of International Law (protection of human rights, trade, and investments). It will be able to identify the policy stakes of international climate change negotiations and their relationship with options and approaches in terms of regime design and implementation.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
Analytical Syllabus: The Course will address the following topics:
1. Setting the Scene
1.1. A Conceptual Framework of Analysis of the International Regulation of Climate Change and its challenges
1.2. International Law and Air Pollution: An Introduction
1.3. The Origins and Evolution of the Climate Change Regime (CCR)
2. The CCR against the background of General International Law
2.1. CCR and general principles of International Environmental Law
2.2. The institutional framework
2.3. Law-making processes
3. The Climate Change Regime,
3.1. The 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change,
3.2. The 1997 Kyoto Protocol
3.3. The 2015 Paris Agreement
4. Accountability of States and Climate Change
4.1. Climate Change damages and State Responsibility
4.2. Implementation and Compliance Control
5. Workshops on specific topics in their relationship with Climate Change, including Human Rights, Migrations, International Trade Law, Renewable Energies, Transports, and Forestry and Agriculture.

Erasmus Students: the lectures and the Course materials are entirely in English. Participation of Erasmus students is particularly welcome. The Course will take into account the possibility that Erasmus student do not have a previous instruction in Public international law, by refreshing basic concepts when necessary. Students not having a background knowledge of public international law may find useful to read a short textbook, such as: A. Tanzi, A Concise Introduction to International Law, Giappichelli, 2019.
Lessons: 42 hours
Professor: Pitea Cesare
Wednesday 9:00-11:00 AM, preferably by appointment
Dip. Dir. Pubblico It. e Sovr., Groun Floor, via Festa del Perdono 7, or Microsoft Teams