Please note that there is only one application round for this programme: the application is open between mid-October and mid-January each year for commencement the following autumn semester.

Since the Stockholm Conference, new environmental issues have emerged, and they have expanded in scale and scope. It is also obvious how environmental matters link to other issue areas in transboundary contexts, such as human rights, trade and investments, social rights and development, armed conflicts and corporate responsibility. This reveals the importance of environmental law in transboundary contexts.

Transboundary Dimensions, Cross-Cutting Issues and In-depth Studies

The Master Programme in Environmental Law at the Faculty of Law at Stockholm University centres on transboundary dimensions and cross-cutting issues.

The transboundary dimensions of environmental law are reflected in the development of international and EU law, and in national laws with transnational application, on numerous matters where the adverse effects of human activities cross state borders. The cross-cutting issues in environmental law refer to cases and contexts where the legal approaches, principles and concepts to protect the environment integrate, collide or clash with other areas of law.

The courses involve lectures, seminars, short essays, mock trial and practical assignments, teaching by external lecturers and experts, and the writing of a Master thesis. All forms of teaching generally require active participation by the students.

The programme starts with a broad advanced introduction to transboundary environmental law, then gives in-depth studies in four cross-cutting areas with transboundary features, relating environmental law to:

  • trade and corporate responsibility,
  • climate and energy,
  • human rights, and
  • social-ecological resilience.

Programme Syllabus

More details about the programme syllabus can be found on Stockholm University's programme and course catalogue.


More information about each specific course can be found on the following pages: