International Environmental Law  (3400481)
Department of Social and Human Environment
Course  :  Master's Course
Subject Type  :  Type 1 Subject
Instructor  :  Professor NAIKI, Yoshiko
Credits  :  2
Semester  :  Spring
Class schedule  :  Tue.   4th
Classroom  :  C444/Main Building for Inter-Departmental Education
【Course Aim】This course aims to provide a basic framework to understand "international environmental rules" between states that apply to global environmental problems, but beyond international law, the course is framed to highlight various "global environmental governance mechanisms" that address environmental problems.
【Course Objective】By the end of this course, students will be able to understand a variety of actors and approaches related to solving environmental problems and explore possibilities of tackling the problems.
【Relevant DP】DP1
★This course begins on 21 April (Tuesday), via Zoom. Please send me email ( if you'd like to attend this class. I will send you the Zoom link.

The course will be organized as follows: 1.for the first few weeks, to consider the fundamental institutional design (actors, regulatory tools, implementation methods) to tackle global environmental problems; 2. then, to discuss different examples of global environmental problems; and 3. lastly, to get to know fieldwork skills and methods that can be used when interviewing various actors regarding global environmental issues.

1. Understand international order and global governance concerning global environmental problems:
(1) Who are important actors in global environmental governance?
(2) What kinds of regulatory tools do we have to solve environmental problems?: Treaties, soft law, and private regulation
(3) What are the relationships between environmental regimes and other regimes?
(4) What kinds of methods are available to implement commitments?: Courts, other soft tools, and unilateral measures

2. Case Studies:
(1) Climate Change
(2) Chemicals
(3) Wastes

3. Guide to fieldwork interviewing skills: How do you approach interviews with actors in your own research topic?

◎   At each class, discussion questions to prepare for next class are set out for assignment.
Grading Criteria
This course is assessed by two components: (1) class attendance and class discussion participation: 50 % and (2) in class presentation: 50%. The score above or equal to 60 is a passing grade. Participation in class discussions is expected of all students. To receive a passing grade, students must understand the feature of international environmental law and global environmental governance and be able to critically evaluate the ways in which these instruments are operating.
Course Textbook
There is no principal textbook that is required to purchase for this class, however, reading materials are to be informed during class.
Recommended Reference Books, Other Study Material, and notes
・Guidance for useful references will be provided during class.
・Students can raise questions any time during class or immediately after class.
Language in class
▪ Presentation & Materials : Japanese only
▪ Oral explanations : Japanese only
▪ Questions in English : Available
e-mail address / Tel No / Room of Instructor(s)
・My Email: <>
・My office: Room420, Liberal Arts and Sciences Main Building
・For a meeting, please make an appointment via email.