After two weeks of intensive lectures and negotiating exercises, the 16th edition of the Course on Multilateral Agreements Agreements will come to its conclusion on October 24th, 2019 with a closing event in the Aula Magna of the University of Siena Department of Law. The course, which was co-organised by the UN Environment Programme (UN Environment), the University of Eastern Finland, the Department of Law of the University of Siena and the Jean Monnet Module in European Union Law and Sustainable Development, convened this year under the theme ‘Emerging Issues in International Environmental Law‘.
For 10 days, 35 between diplomats, government officials and NGO representatives attended lectures, videoconferences and roundtables focusing on a broad range of ‘hot’ topics in multilateral environmental negotiations, ranging from the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and the protection of marine biodiversity to the regulation of geo-engineering, chemicals and short-lived climate pollutants.
In addition, the participants were provided with key negotiating skills and eventually engaged in a simulation of negotiations relating to the governance of biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, mirroring the actual negotiations that are currently ongoing under the auspices of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
The academic staff of the EULawSD module is grateful for the opportunity it had to co-host the course and would like to congratulate all the participants upon their expertise and engagement. The staff also extends its congratulations to organisers from UN Environment and the University of Eastern Finland for the overwhelming success of the initiative.
To read more about the 16th edition of the MEA Course, visit http://www.uef.fi/en/web/unep.
The staff of the Jean Monnet Module in European Union Law and Sustainable Development (EULawSD) is proud to announce a new collaboration with the prestigious University of Eastern Finland / United Nations Environment Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements.
Pursuant to the agreement reached between EULawSD and UEF, the EULawSD Module (with the support of the University of Siena and its Department of Law) will co-organize the 2019 edition of the course, which will be themed ‘Emerging Issues in International Environmental Law‘ and will take place in Siena from 14 to 24 October 2019. The two-week, high-profile course is entering its 16th year, having welcomed over 400 participants from 122 countries since 2004. It reaches Italy for the first time, having been previously hosted in Finland (eight times), South Africa (twice), Kenya, Grenada, France, China and Thailand.
The ultimate aim of the UEF/UN Environment course is to improve environmental negotiation capacity and governance worldwide by transferring past experiences in the field of international environmental law to future negotiators of environmental agreements. In addition, the course aims to provide a forum to foster North-South cooperation and to take stock of recent developments in the negotiation and implementation of multilateral environmental agreements and in diplomatic practices in the field.
Each edition concentrates on one specific theme under international environmental law. Through interactive lectures, workshops, and excursions, the course equips participants with basic skills in international environmental law-making, diplomacy and negotiations related to that specific thematic area. It is intended for experienced government officials engaged in international environmental negotiations, but other stakeholders (such as representatives of NGOs and the private sector, researchers and academics in the field of international environmental law) are also eligible.
We are honoured of this opportunity to work with the University of Eastern Finland and UN Environment. This collaboration will further EULawSD’s objective of establishing new partnerships and networks focused on the teaching and study of international and European law for sustainable development. We wish to express our gratitude to the Finnish colleagues for giving our JM Module this high-profile opportunity for expanding its activities and worldwide impact.
In order to learn more about the course and apply, visit https://www.uef.fi/en/web/unep.