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.

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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; climate change law and sustainability; sustainable ocean and law; sustainable use of water resources and nature-based solutions; energy law and sustainability; 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.

*Minor adjustments may apply.

Day to Day Documents

Day-to-day program summer school L&S 2024.pdf


Teaching team*:

Prof. Seline Trevisanut, Chair of International Law and Sustainability

Dr. Haomiao Du, Assistant Professor in Climate Law and Sustainability

Dr. Liping Dai, Assistant Professor in Water Law

Dr. Anne Lansink, post doctoral researcher in offshore wind energy and law

Ms. Nicola Harvey, PhD candidate, specialized in energy, food and water law

Ms. Sophie Melchers, PhD candidate, specialized in water law

Mr. Martijn van Gils, PhD candidate, specialized in nature restoration law

Mr. Mart van Esterik, PhD candidate, specialized in law and Nature-based Solutions (NbS)

Mr. Alessio Devis, PhD candidate, specialized in the law of the sea 

*Minor adjustments may apply.


Target audience

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. 

Study load

Four to six teaching hours per day.


  • Course fee: €600.00
  • Included: Course + course materials

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 do not include a Utrecht Summer School sleeping bag. This is a separate product on the invoice. If you wish to bring your own bedding, please deselect or remove the sleeping bag from your order once you apply for this course. 


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

  • C.V.


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