JJUA55250U Jean Monnet course: Transatlantic Climate Change and Energy Law
New pilot project course supported financially by the Jean Monnet Programme.
Individual governmental entities such as the European Union and the United States, their member states, as well as the European Economic Area (EEA) and its members, are involved in trying to reduce the impacts of climate change and move away from fossil fuels. There is much to be learned in understanding what actions the EU, EEA, and US are taking, the reasons for those actions, and whether improvements can be made. Analyzing and comparing the various approaches will render new ideas for how best to approach the climate change and energy -related issues and, it is hoped, spread the wealth of experience that is being learned on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
The course builds on the Bachelor degree both as far as international, European law and will illustrate the use of the comparative method in practice. The course does not require that other Master courses have been followed.
The activities include several innovative components:
- Live teleconferencing sessions every Monday from 16.15-18, where students will learn about International/EU/US as well as Denmark/Colorado/Norway responses to climate change and the energy transition;
- Student preparation and presentation of policy papers [students in the three locations will be organized into “teams” to work collaboratively to prepare a document that: (a) compares various policies; (b) recommends potential new policies; and (c) assesses the opportunities and risks associated with implementation of the new policies). Students will meet in person with their peers in Denver, Colorado, and together in their “teams” present briefings to the various audiences. Seminar expenses to be paid by the Jean Monnet Programme;
- Field trip to Denver, Colorado. During the final week, April 6-10, 2020, all students and professors will meet in Denver for a series of student presentations and meetings with Colorado and U.S. climate change and energy transition leaders. This course provides an exceptional opportunity to begin building your professional network in Europe and expand them in the US
Note: The Jean Monnet Programme covers the transatlantic flight, accommodations, ground transport in Colorado for specific travel during the two days of conference and 2 ½ days of field trip for up to 15 students per partner institution. Colorado European Union Center of Excellence (CEUCE) arranges and books student travel. More details and instructions will be communicated through Absalon during the course.
Read more here: https://www.law.du.edu/transatlantic-climate-change-energy-law
The evolution of EU and US climate change policy and law has been uneven, with the US often lagging behind. Meanwhile, the EU has provided the world steady and serious leadership.
In recognition of the need for the “two sides” to better understand the other’s point of view, The purpose is to work together in 3 regions in an effort to increase their respective students’ understanding of the respective policies of each governmental entity. With these “test cases” in hand, the course is focused specifically on comparing, analyzing, and learning from what has happened and is happening at International, EU, and US levels, as well as in several member states including Denmark, and Norway and the US the state of Colorado. The decision to choose Colorado, Denmark, and Norway has been taken deliberately because of the three states’ unique experiences relating to climate change and the energy transitions that are needed.
A detailed reading list has been prepared. The litterature covers both international law, EU law and national law, and includes individual book chapters, articles and references to homepages. Most literature will be uploaded.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination, 20 min.Oral exam based on synopsis, 20 minutes
- Exam registration requirements
In order to attend the oral examination, it is a prerequisite to hand in the synopsis before the specified deadline. The deadline is agreed upon with the course lecturer.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
- Exam period
Week 22, 2020 - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Week 32, 2020 - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday