Special Topics in Environmental Law, Environmental Policy & Environmental Governance

Course Information:

Course ID:GEnvE 867
Type of Course:Elective

Instructor: Associate Professor Efpraxia (Aithra) Maria

Recommended Reading:

  • G. Kremlis, Gl. Siouti (ed.), The implementation of European Community Environmental Law in Greece 1981-2006, ISBN: 978-960-15-1741-4 (2007), Ant. Sakkoulas
  • E-A Maria, The legal protection of landscape in International, European Community and National Law,  ISBN: 9789601522982 (2010), Ant. Sakkoulas
  • International Energy Agency, Energy Efficiency Governance, (2010), www.iea.org/efficiency.
  • I. Karakostas, Environment and Law : Law of management and protection of envrironmental goods, ISBN 978-960-272-886-4  (2011), Nomiki Bibliothiki
  • J.H. Jans and H.B. Vedder, European Environmental Law. After Lisbon (4th edition), ISBN 9789089521057 (2011),  Europa Law Publishing
  • Norman J. Vig, Michael E. Kraft, Environmental Policy: New Directions for the Twenty-First Century 8th Edition, ISBN-13: 978-1452203300 (2012), Sage Publications
  • J.P. Evans, Environmental Governance, ISBN 978-0415589819 (2012), Routledge
  • Ε-Α Μaria, Ch. Fournaraki, Κ. Thanos, Ex situ conservation of plant diversity. Thoughts and recommendations for an effective system of administrative organization of Seed Banks in Greece, Environment an Law, 4/2012, pp. 628 – 650
  • Elizabeth Fisher, Bettina Lange, and Eloise Scotford, Environmental Law: Text, Cases & Materials, ISBN 978-0-19-927088-0 (2013), Oxford University Press
  • Stuart Bell, Donald McGillivray, and Ole Pedersen, Environmental Law, Eighth Edition, ISBN 978-0-19-958380-5 (2013), Oxford University Press
  • E-A Maria, G-P Limniou and S. Kokkaliaris, The energy efficiency directive and the challenges for the Hellenic legislative process in times of crisis, Advances in Building Energy Research, volume 7, issue 1, (2013) pp. 128-154
  • Sebastian Oberthür and G. Kristin Rosendal (eds.) Global Governance of Genetic Resources: Access and Benefit Sharing after the Nagoya Protocol, ISBN 978-0-415-65625-2 (2014), Routledge
  • I-A Kapetanakis, D Kolokotsa, E-A Maria, Parametric analysis and assessment of the photovoltaics' landscape integration: Technical and legal aspects, Renewable Energy 67, 207-214 (2014)
  • V. Tsilini, S. Papantoniou, D. Kolokotsa, E-A Maria, Urban gardens as a solution to energy poverty and urban heat island, Sustainable Cities and Society 14, 323-333 (2015)
  • S. Kokkaliaris & E-A Maria, The legislative initiatives for smart metering as a precondition to zero energy: the case of Greece, Advances in Building Energy Research, volume 9, issue 1, (2015) pp. 55-72
  • E-A Maria & G-P Limniou, Legal framework in Greece regarding the ABS regime, implementation gaps and issues requiring national and international attention, pp. 137-161 in : B. Coolsaet, F. Batur, A. Broggiato, J. Pitseys, T. Dedeurwaerdere (eds.), Implementing the Nagoya Protocol. Comparing Access and Benefit-Sharing regimes in Europe, ISBN 978-90-04-293205 (2015), Brill Nijhoff.


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Course objectives:

This course will provide an overview of the purpose, content and functional levels of environmental law, environmental policy and environmental governance. It will focus upon in-depth study of multi-level governance within the EU and beyond with emphasis on selected contemporary, interdisciplinary and complex issues i.e biodiversity, landscape and energy saving in buildings. The approach involves multiple scales (local, regional, national and international) as well as a wide range of stakeholders (government institutions, civil society, private institutions, companies, individuals etc).  

Course contents:

A. Environmental law, Environmental Policy and Environmental Governance : their relationship

  • 1st-3rd  Week: Purpose, content and functional levels of Environmental Law, Environmental Policy and Environmental Governance
  • 4th Week: Scales-functional levels and stakeholders in the context of contemporary, interdisciplinary and complex issues.

B. In-depth study of selected contemporary, interdisciplinary and complex issues such as biodiversity, landscape and energy saving in buildings

  • 5th - 7th Week: Protection of biodiversity
  • 8th - 10th  Week: Protection, management and planning of landscape
  • 11th - 13th Week: Energy saving with emphasis in the building sector

Assessment method:

  • Four (4) presentations (articles & case-law ) & class contribution (30%)
  • Research Essay (50%)
  • Final exam (20%)

Last modification: 28-01-2019