Law and Sustainability

The 2024 Summer School on Law and Sustainability will address this complex state of affairs and highlight the main legal challenges to achieving sustainable societies.



Course Level
Advanced Bachelor
ECTS credits
1.5 ECTS
Course location(s)
Utrecht, The Netherlands


Achieving sustainability is a key goal of modern societies and will remain a priority challenge for future generations. Only through sustainable societies will humanity be able to continue developing socially and economically, while protecting our shared environment. Law can buttress sustainability transition and achievement, but it can also create obstacles to the realisation of sustainability objectives.

Students will learn how sustainability challenges are dealt with in the legal order at the international, European Union, and national levels. It will place them in a position to debate these challenges and suggest the most relevant pathways to solutions. Within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals and the European Green Deal, topics covered in this Summer School include*: an introduction to law and sustainability; the economic dimensions and opportunities of sustainability; climate change law and sustainability; sustainable use of water resources and nature-based solutions; energy law; and the cross-cutting dimension of human rights in sustainability. A one-day excursion will be provided on the third day of the summer school.

Advanced bachelor students, master students and early-year PhD students may apply. This course is also suitable for MSc students of, e.g. geosciences, sustainable studies, etc., who are interested in the legal aspects of sustainability. 

*Minor adjustments may apply.

Day-to-day program summer school L&S 2024 (2)_0.pdf

Study load

Four to six teaching hours per day.


  • Course fee: €600.00
  • Included: Course + course materials
  • Housing fee: €250
  • Housing provider: Utrecht Summer School

When combining this course with another one-week summer course from the 'Recommended combinations' listed below, both modules can be taken for a discounted total price.

Students should apply for both courses separately, and email the relevant coordinators stating that they wish to make use of the discount.

Additional information

The housing costs include housing, plus a Utrecht Summer School sleeping bag, for you to keep. This sleeping bag also includes an inflatable pillow and matrass cover. If you wish to bring your own bedding, please contact us, so we can give you a € 50 discount on the housing fee. Please note that you cannot buy individual bedding items. 


For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

  • C.V.


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