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Law & sustainability: Tackling global environmental challenges

In brief

Start date 5 August 2022
Time commitment 8 weeks
Location Online
Fees £1,500 including VAT
Future course dates October 2022

Overview

Be a part of the University of Oxford’s mission to tackle global environmental challenges and use the law as a tool to catalyse the sustainability transition.

The law is both a driver of the contemporary environmental, natural resource, and sustainability challenges which humanity faces today, and a critical tool for addressing them. From climate change and biodiversity loss to water scarcity and energy efficiency, the law plays a critical role in society’s ability to mobilise an effective response. This course surveys the most pressing sustainability issues and the existing and emerging legal frameworks that may address them across a range of jurisdictions.

The course will address sustainable development and the law; environmental protection and climate change; and opportunities for intervention within health and food law and corporate and securities law. Participants are introduced to a range of definitions, concepts, and themes which provide foundational knowledge in sustainability, with both theoretical and practical applications for how law can be used to mediate, prevent, and redress sustainability challenges. Participants should leave the course empowered with confidence in their understanding of sustainability and equipped with tools and perspectives to act both as individuals and within their professional roles.

Course details

In this course, learners will examine and develop an understanding of:

  • the key sustainability challenges domestically and globally;
  • legal principles and frameworks for environment and sustainability;
  • the key international treaties developed to address sustainability issues like climate change and the loss of biodiversity;
  • the relationships between science and the law;
  • systemic lawyering for sustainability;
  • the role of non-legal actors including NGOs, think tanks, and civil society;
  • how corporate and securities law can address sustainability challenges.

 

An introduction to Law and Sustainability

Video transcript

This course is for you if you have some basic familiarity with the law and a real interest in using its tools to address contemporary sustainability challenges. You should take this course if you're a paralegal, a lawyer, an NGO advocate, if you work in government or in business. We've designed this course to leverage the advantages of the online format. This format uniquely allows students to engage with peers from all over the world, learn from leading faculty doing the most cutting edge work in these areas, and adapt course assignments and content to their own schedules. Once you finish this course you'll have a contextualised understanding of the role of law in creating, and more importantly, mediating sustainability challenges. You'll be equipped with tools that you can apply to mediate sustainability challenges from within your law firm, government office, think tank, NGO or company, and you'll understand the dynamics between different parties which will allow you to formulate effective strategies and partnerships. This course will give you the background and foundational understanding required for later courses that focus on more specialised topics like climate change and climate risk.

Modules

In brief

Start date 5 August 2022
Time commitment 8 weeks
Location Online
Fees £1,500 including VAT
Future course dates October 2022