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International Environmental Law

Course CodeSemester Course Name LE/RC/LA Course Type Language of Instruction ECTS
HUK0230 International Environmental Law 2/0/0 DE Turkish 3
Course Goals
The purpose of the course is to provide students with basic knowledge on the development of international environmental law along with its sources, basic concepts and the settlement of disputes. In addition, the lesson aims to ensure the students to have the ability to make assesments and apply their knowledge on specific cases.
Prerequisite(s) NONE
Corequisite(s) NONE
Special Requisite(s) Students are required to prepare assignments.
Instructor(s) Professor Hasan Köni
Course Assistant(s)
Office Hour(s)
Teaching Methods and Techniques -
Verbal lecture, discussion, case study, projects and demonstration
Principle Sources -

Nükhet Yılmaz Turgut, Çevre Politikası ve Hukuku, İmaj yayınevi, 2009, Ankara, ISBN/Ref: 9789758752713


Lakshman Guruswamy, International Environmental Law in a Nutshell, West Publishing, 2007, ISBN:9780314180230

Other Sources -

Daniel Bodansky, Jutta Brunnée and Ellen Hey, The Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law,Oxford University Press, 2008.

David Hunter, James Salzman, Durwood Zaelke, International Environmental Law and Policy (University Casebook Series), 2006.

Course Schedules
Week Contents Learning Methods
1. Week The scope and development of international environmental law Oral presentation
2. Week Global environmental problems and the climate change Oral presentation
3. Week Human activities and its relationship with the global ecosystem; technology, population and consumption Oral presentation
4. Week Economics and sustainable development Oral presentation, Case study
5. Week UNEP, Stockholm Declaration, Rio Declaration, Agenda 21 Oral presentation, Project
6. Week UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol Oral presentation, Case study, Project
7. Week Main principles of environmental law Oral presentation, Case study, Project
8. Week State responsibility regarding the protection of environment Oral presentation, Case study, Project
9. Week Primary sources and materials regarding the fight against marine pollution Oral presentation, Project
10. Week Primary sources regarding other types of pollution Oral presentation, Project
11. Week International institutions that operate in the field of environmental protection Oral presentation, Project
12. Week The mechanisms for improving implementation and compliance regarding environmental laws and regulations Oral presentation, Case study, Project
13. Week Analysing the judgments of international courts and tribunals regarding environmental law Case study, Project
14. Week Environmental law and settlement of disputes Oral presentation, Case study, Project
15. Week Final Exams Week
16. Week Final Exams Week
17. Week Final Exams Week
Evaluation tools Quantity Weight(%)
Homework / Term Projects / Presentations 1 30
Final Exam 1 70

Program Outcomes
PO-1Have the ability to reach and evaluate information sources;
PO-2Have the ability to use, compare, interpret, deduce from and apply scientific data;
PO-3Have historical knowledge enabling to interpret modern law achievements;
PO-4Have the ability to use Turkish efficiently verbally and in written;
PO-5Have the ability to follow up professional literature at least in a foreign language;
PO-6Have acquired professional and ethical sense of responsibility;
PO-7Have the ability to use vocational information technologies efficiently for solution of legal problems;
PO-8Have the ability to apply information acquired to solution of a concrete case;
PO-9Have full knowledge of legal rules which regulate relationship among natural legal persons and have the ability to interpret such rules;
PO-10Have full knowledge of legal rules which regulate relationship between individual and state and have the ability to interpret such rules;
PO-11Have the ability to practice the profession as a lawyer who adopts universal principles of law;
PO-12Have full knowledge of basic concepts and rules regarding structure and relationship manners of international community; have the ability to interpret and discuss about the foregoing;
PO-13Have basic knowledge enabling to evaluate international community’s common issues and their possible solutions;
PO-14Have knowledge enabling to apply to human rights bodies having a supranational judicial quality and to follow up the process;
PO-15Have knowledge on European Union Acquis Communautaire and operation of its institutions;
PO-16Have a world view enabling to question, criticize and develop law in direction with needs of humanity;
PO-17Have knowledge on historical development process of jurisprudence and judicial systems;
PO-18Have the ability to solve actual legal problems within the frame of contemporary legal approaches;
PO-19Be at the level of understanding and knowledge which reflects all qualities in the best way required by the profession on national and international scale;
PO-20Have full knowledge of legal arrangements and practices regarding economic and financial mechanisms;
PO-21Have knowledge on historical development of rights of individuals and societies and on basic texts adopted during the process;
PO-22Have the ability to express himself individually and before a group;
PO-23Have the ability to use, compare, interpret, deduce from and apply scientific data;
PO-24Have the ability to follow up regulations and legal quests in order to meet new needs appeared within the frame of relationships between individuals;
PO-25Have the ability to cooperate by implementing activities during courses, hypothetical law suits and judicial studies and other vocational and academic visits;
PO-26Have the ability to understand and handle national and international dimensions of law, jurisprudence and practices by means of follow up;
PO-27Have knowledge of international judicial bodies and their ways of operation.
Learning Outcomes
LO-1To have knowledge on the scope and development of international environmental law
LO-2To have knowledge on the local and global environmental problems
LO-3To have knowledge on the sources, basic concepts and principles of international environmental law and to have the ability to make assessments
LO-4To have knowledge and ability to make assessments regarding the responsibility for environmental violations
LO-5To have knowledge on the means of settlement of disputes in international environmental law
LO-6To have knowledge on the roles of national and international institutions in environmental protection
Course Assessment Matrix:
Program Outcomes - Learning Outcomes Matrix
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