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One-Week Intensive Programme on: International Law, Global Governance, and the Earth Charter Principles

A One-Week Intensive Programme on “International Law, Global Governance, and the Earth Charter Principles” will be held in Costa Rica on 3-7 July 2013, which is organized by Earth Charter Center on Education for Sustainable Development at the University for Peace/Earth Charter International, in collaboration with the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law and the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law.

The programme aims to empower participants to become competent leaders for sustainability and help them enhance their knowledge at the intersection of international law, global governance, and the Earth Charter. This course will help deepen understanding of our global governance system, international environmental law instruments, and options in order to make governance more responsive to the challenges humanity is facing.

This programme will offer participants the opportunity to analyse the different juridical instruments related to sustainable development and how these relate and overlap with the ethical principles expressed in the Earth Charter. The role and influence of soft law instruments will be analysed in light of global governance processes. The course examines the system of environmental law (at international, European Union, and national levels) with its normative principles (sustainability, justice, human rights) and institutional arrangements (civil society, governments, and international organisations). Among the subjects covered are structure and principles of international environmental law, history and ethics of sustainability, status and principles of the Earth Charter, reform of the UN governance system, and the role of democracy, citizens, and civil society.

The recently launched publication Earth Charter and International Law will serve as a reference in the course for the analysis of different juridical instruments and its correlation with the Earth Charter principles.

Participants will gain in-depth knowledge of current environmental law and governance, and how these could be relevant for sustainability governance systems in their national contexts; in this sense, they will learn how to become agents for change, personally and professionally.

This programme will bring together professionals in law, environmental planning and science, policy makers, researchers and students of international law and governance with respect to sustainability and the natural environment.

Download the draft syllabus here.

This programme is part of the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter.

Please visit here for more information.

Contact:Earth Charter Center for ESD at the University for Peace
P.O. Box 138-6100, San Jose, Costa Rica
Tel: (506) 2205-9000
Fax: (506) 2249 1929