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International protection of environment

Mednarodno varstvo okolja

Course credits:

6.00 ECTS / 60 (30 hours of lectures, 30 hours of exercises, 0 hours of seminars, 0 hours other forms of work)

Course holder:

prof. dr. Zlatko Šabič


  • Asst. Prof. Danijel Crnčec
  • Asst. Prof. Matjaž Nahtigal


Elective - expert




Second semester

Study degree

1. level

    Course execution:

  • Undergraduate Programme of International Relations

Short content

The course introduces students to the ever-more pressing issue of environmental protection in the international community. In the contemporary world with no ‘world government’ international norms and standards for environmental protection are not ‘imposed from above’, rather they are based on the consensus of countries. However, to achieve a consensus on issues related to international protection of environment is very difficult to accomplish, for several reasons. Thus, the course will address questions such as: why international environmental protection? Why it is that countries find it so difficult to adhere to international environmental norms and standards? What are these standards or norms in the first place? Once adopted, are there problems with the interpretation and implementation of accepted norms and standards and if so why? What are future challenges to accomplish measures to improve international protection of the environment? The outline of the course: - Introduction: environmental issues in international relations. - The genesis of international environmental protection. - International environmental standards and norms and conflicting interests. - Implementation of agreed standards and norms – the role of various actors (states, international organisations, NGOs, private sector) - Case studies (project work with students)

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