The International Environmental Law program is run by AIM Overseas’ partner in the Netherlands – Maastricht University’s Centre for European Studies. Based in the beautiful city of Maastricht, in the southern most part of the Netherlands, the program is ideally located to give students not only access to a world class university, but also to all of the cultural diversity of this fantastic corner of Europe: Belgium, France and Germany are all within easy striking distance.
Over 3 intensive weeks, you will attend 36 hours of classes on a range of topics related to International Environmental Law. Alongside the academic classes, you will be able to visit a wide range of related organisations and learn first-hand from professionals in the field.
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The environment by nature knows no boundaries. While environmental law originally focused on local problems like local air and noise pollution, today we are confronted with severe trans-boundary and global environmental problems like the continuing loss of biodiversity, long-distance air-pollution, and the threat of climate change. The course International Environmental Law deals with core subjects related to the supra-nationalisation of environmental law.
The course will be structured around themes, which cover:
- International environmental rule-making, including compliance and enforcement
- International environmental principles
- Human rights and environmental protection
- International and EU climate law, including the choice of the right regulatory instruments to steer citizen & business behaviour
Climate change will be taken as the leading real-world case to be discussed during the course.
The program is designed for students with an interest in becoming future policy and decision makers in government and businesses, working in NGOs in the field of environmental law and sustainable development, consultants, researchers and academics, corporate lawyers, barristers and practitioners.
Maastricht University is a public University in the Netherlands, founded in 1976. In 2013, nearly 16,000 students studied at Maastricht University, 47% of whom were international students. About half of the bachelor’s programs are fully offered in English and most of the master’s and doctoral programs are in English as well. In 2013, Maastricht University was the second Dutch university to be rewarded the ‘Distinctive Quality Feature for Internationalisation’ by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).
Find out more about the beautiful city of Maastricht, Maastricht University and the Centre for European Studies below:
The course is coordinated by Dr. Marjan Peeters, Professor of Environmental Policy and Law at Maastricht University. She is widely trained in environmental law and has been teaching International, European and national environmental Law at Maastricht University since 2001. She has worked in practice (governmental office) for nine years specialising in water and soil protection laws. Currently she specialises in climate protection law.
The International Environmental Law program includes:
- A weekend excursion to Brussels (visits to the European Parliament and the European Commission- TBC)
- A weekend excursion to The Hague and Amsterdam (visits to the Greenpeace headquarter, International Court of Justice- TBC)
- Two cultural Dutch dinner nights with local students
- Walking tours
These activities are designed to give you a feel for Dutch life and culture, as well as give you an opportunity to meet and spend time with local students
You will be accommodated at the Maastricht University International Student Guesthouse which is located within walking distance from downtown Maastricht behind the Court of Justice. You will receive a map of the city upon arrival so that you can find your way around easily during the first few days. All participants are encouraged to follow the example of the local students and rent a bike to cycle to classes as it is the fastest and most convenient way to get there (Maastricht is flat so no big uphill to fear, but do plan on bringing lots of layers of clothing to keep you warm!).
In terms of room options, you will be given the option of having your own room or sharing with another AIM Overseas participant. All rooms have WiFi. You will have free access to a tennis and basketball court as well as laundry facilities. Linens are provided, but you will need to bring your own towels.
Option 1) Single room, C building
You will have your own room and will share a basic communal kitchen and bathroom with the people on your floor.
There is also a common area with some couches and a TV, where you can spend time with other students. There is an additional fee.
Option 2) Double room, P building
You will be sharing a spacious twin-share room with another AIM Overseas program participant. Each room has a kitchenette. You will share the bathroom facilities with the people on your floor. There is no common area available in this building.
Hear the experiences of other students on this program
“I first heard about the International Environmental Law program from a friend who completed program two years ago, and had nothing but good things to say about her experience here in Maastricht. The people, the place, the classes, and, of course, her time travelling through Europe. Having now spent some time in Maastricht, I can say she was completely right. Maastricht is an old, beautiful, quaint town, with windy cobblestone streets, historical buildings, bicycles everywhere, cute cafes, and friendly locals that don’t mind pointing lost tourists in the right direction!”
- Erika, READ MORE
The Netherlands is a small densely populated country home to about 16.8 million people located in Western Europe. Tradition and innovation intertwine in this country: artistic masterpieces, windmills, tulips and candlelit cafés coexist with groundbreaking architecture, cutting-edge design and phenomenal nightlife.
Geography plays a key role in the Netherlands’ iconic landscapes. More than half the pancake-flat country is below sea level, and 20% has been reclaimed from the sea, making rows of polders (areas of drained land) omnipresent. Uninterrupted North Sea winds have powered windmills since the 13th century, pumping water over the dykes, and milling flour and more. Some two-thirds of the surface is devoted to agriculture, including fields of tulips.
The flat, fabulously scenic landscapes make cycling in the Netherlands a pleasure (headwinds not withstanding). Cycling is an integral part of life and locals live on their fiets (bicycle): more than a quarter of all journeys countrywide are by bike, rising to more than a third in big cities. The canals that run throughout the city are lined with little cafes that act as social hubs for the locals and visitors.
Maastricht, located at the very bottom of the Netherlands, has both Spanish and Roman ruins all around, sophisticated food and drink and lots of bars and cafes. It also holds French and Belgium twists in architecture. The location of Maastricht is crucial as it lies a short distance between the German and Belgium border therefore being an interesting mix of the two countries. Maastricht is the epitome of a student town perfect for travelling to as a student, the locals are bilingual in English and Dutch and are extremely welcoming to all visitors. Maastricht is a warm and energetic city with appeal and allure out of proportion to its size.
All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.
Course convenors will not be able approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus, so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive this after you have been accepted on the program, along with information about how to apply for credit at your university.
You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.
Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.
We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, as well as in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.
Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.
Applications are now open for this program. Early application is recommended as places are limited.
The steps to apply, and be accepted, for this program are as follows:
- Apply online
- You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results
- We’ll review your results and application and, if we believe you are likely to be accepted for the program, will invite you to an initial consultation by phone with an advisor.
- You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation with an advisor.
- The phone consultation lasts about 15 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.
- Once you return any necessary documents (which we’ll advise you of in the consultation), we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, we’ll send you your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.
- You'll receive your course syllabus, information on steps on applying for credit and funding, and an invoice for the program deposit. Your place is secured once you’ve paid your deposit.
Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.
For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions. Alternatively, you are welcome to submit an enquiry or register your interest, meaning you’ll receive updates (via email and phone) prior to the application deadline.