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Modeling Climate Change: International Environmental Law


Climate change is actual and a global phenomenon. While developed economies for long have been at the opposite end of the efforts for environment, developing economies are fast catching up with developed economies ignoring the impact on environment. However, continuous efforts to stop or reverse the climate change are also going on in terms of framing international conventions, laws and treaties to promote sustainable living. Governments across the world, multi-national corporates and environmental bodies seek and encourage researchers and lawyers to afford their expertise, making international environmental law one of the most sought after fields.

This course provides you with a background on international environmental laws along with legal terminologies, fundamental principles and agencies that monitor proper functioning and chart development and environmental challenges faced universally. It discusses treaties and conventions put in place to reduce harm caused by humans, protect the ecosphere and develop models to protect it. Researchers, lawyers, consultants will find the course beneficial in developing their knowledge base into the subject.

Course Outcome


After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the apparatus in place for international environmental laws, and its principles
  • Describe the role and functioning of the UNEP
  • Illustrate the significance of various treaties, agreements and conventions set up to protect the environment
  • Suggest and promote sustainable living

Course Outline

  • Module 1 – Introduction to International Environmental Laws
  • Module 2 – International Law on Water and Air Pollution
  • Module 3 – International Legal Regime on Flora and Fauna
  • Module 4 – International Law on Environment Protection and Climate Change
  • Module 5 – Traditional Knowledge
  • Certification Exam/ Assessment



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Who Should Take This Course

  • Lawyers
  • Legal Advisors and Counsel
  • Research Students
  • Other stakeholders interested in familiarising themselves with international environmental laws.

Level: Beginner

Language: English

Duration: 6 Months

Evaluation Method

Learners must submit all assignments and secure at least 50% marks in Certification Exam at the end of the course to obtain the course certificate.

About the Author

Enviro Legal Defence Firm (ELDF) is India's first environmental law firm established on 2nd October, 1999, to provide research on environment and development law that can be used in both, rural and urban settings, develop training modules and provide a platform to encourage young lawyers to choose the field of environmental and developmental. ELDF's team of erudite legal professionals includes Eisha Krishn an expert on environment, wildlife and protected areas; Salik Shafique, who is an expert on afforestation, governance and environmental clearance; Upama Bhattacharjee, an expert on water and watershed management, and laws relating to air and noise pollution; Keith Varghese, an expert on oceans, ports, air and noise pollution, and wildlife; Eeshan Chaturvedi, whose areas of expertise lie in international environmental law, renewable energy, climate change and biodiversity; Krishna Srinivasan, an expert on decentralised governance and Adivasi communities; and Shyama Kuriakose, whose areas of interest are forestry, biodiversity, decentralisation and self governance, oceans, wildlife and traditional knowledge.

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