Environmental Law and Sustainable Development

Course Information:

Course ID:AB-305
Type of Course:Elective

Instructor:  Associate Professor E. Maria

Recommended Reading:

  • I. Karakostas, Environment and Law : Law of management and protection of envrironmental goods, ISBN 978-960-272-886-4  (2011), Nomiki Bibliothiki
  • Gl. SIouti, Manual of Environmental Law, ISBN 978-960-445-736-9 (2011), Ed. Sakkoulas S.A.
  • Ev. Koutoupa-Regakou, Environmental Protection Law, ISBN 978-960-445-372-6 (2008), Ed. Sakkoulas S.A.
  • 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
  • Α. Protopappas & Erhun Kula, Economics and policies for the sustainable management of the environment and natural resources, ISBN: 960301950Χ (2005), ed. Sakkoulas S.A.
  • 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
  • J.H. Jans and H.H.B. Vedder, European Environmental Law. After Lisbon (4thedition), 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
  • Jamie Benidickson, Ben Boer, Antonio Herman Benjamin and Karen Morrow, Environmental Law & Sustainability After Rio, ISBN 978 0 85793 224 2 (2011), Edward Elgar publishing
  • Hans Christian Bugge (ed.) ; C. Voigt (ed.), Sustainable Development in International and National Law, ISBN 9789089520746 (2008), Europa Law Publishing.


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Course objectives:

The core objective of the course is to help graduate students understand the role and the challenges of environmental law in the context of sustainable development. To that end this course, which is offered to graduate students of all cycles, will provide them with : a) a sound conceptual understanding of the purpose, content, functional levels and principles of environmental law, b) an overview of the evolution of theoretical approaches concerning the relationship between environmental law and sustainable development, c) an in depth analysis of the sustainable development principle, its integration in international, EU and national legislative tools as well as its interpretation in case-law. In addition, the course explores global environmental issues such as agro-biodiversity, water & waste management, Renewable Energy Sources from the perspective of sustainable development. Graduate students will gain familiarity with important leadership concepts of environmental law and sustainable development via theory, legislation as well as case studies. 


First Topic 
1st WeekThe notion of the environment. Content, types and characteristics of environmental insults. The role of the law in the environmental protection. Levels of environmental law: international, European Union and national environmental law.
2nd Week:The case-law contribution (national and EU) to the protection of the asset “environment”.
3rd WeekPrinciples of environmental law
Second Topic 
4th WeekThe relationship between environmental protection and economic development. Theoretical considerations on their interrelationship. Concept and content of sustainable development.
5th WeekThe history and development of the sustainable development principle, its integration into international, EU and national legislative tools and its interpretation in case-law.
Third Topic 
Specialization of the sustainable development principle in specific areas :
6th Week:Biodiversity protection - Agro-biodiversity
7th Week:Biodiversity protection - Agro-biodiversity
8th Week:Water protection and management
9th Week:Water protection and management
10th Week:Waste protection and management
11th Week:Waste protection and management
12th Week:Renewable Energy Sources
13th Week:Renewable Energy Sources

Assessment method:

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

Last modification: 31-01-2019