International Environmental Law

International legal issues have become a central element of environmental and energy law, especially in areas such as climate change, water scarcity, habitat protection, endangered species and access to biological resources. GW’s highly ranked International Law Program and its extraordinary international law faculty provides students with unmatched opportunities to build an understanding of the connection between environmental law and critical international issues, such as the relationship between environmental protection and human rights, or access to energy resources and poverty alleviation.

Several courses in GW's extensive curriculum cover issues that are critical to the international practice of environmental and energy law.  These include:

  • International Environmental Law
  • International Climate Change Law
  • Law of the Sea
  • International Law
  • Law of the European Union
  • International Trade Law
  • International Project Finance
  • International Environmental Governance
  • Human Rights & Environmental Protection
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Law of Human Rights
  • International Project Finance 

A number of other classes allow students to learn material or build skills that could be applied in the international practice of environmental law including

  • Advanced International Trade Law
  • Trade Remedy Law
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Admiralty
  • International Organizations
  • Public International Law Seminar

GW Law has a student exchange agreement with the University of Groningen in the northern part of the Netherlands. Founded almost 400 years ago, Groningen has been ranked as the top law school in the Netherlands. Located about two and a half hours by train northeast of Amsterdam, the university provides a small-town setting for studying environmental law while being accessible to many of Western Europe’s most interesting cities.

Studying at Groningen allows students to focus on European Union law.  The European Union has led the world in environmental legislation over the past decade, particularly in the areas of climate change, toxics management, renewable energy, and producer responsibility.  Groningen offers courses in International Environmental Law, European Union Environmental Law, and Energy Law.  

J.D. students may apply to participate in these exchange programs as visiting students in their second or third year for one semester.  For most students, the second semester of their second year will be the most convenient semester for the exchange program.  With both the NACLE and Groningen programs, students pay tuition through GW Law.

For more information, contact Dean Paddock.


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