Extracurricular Course Syllabus

International environmental law clinic

Course type

Extracurricular activity


4 ECTS credit point

Study programme

To gain ECTS credit points instudy programme Law of the 1stand 2nd cycle.


The student has to be enrolled at least in the 4thyear of the 1stcycle(undergraduate program) at the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana. When applying for the Environmental Legal Clinic, students must submit a motivation letter and curriculum vitae. The selection of candidates is based on their motivation, average study grade, knowledge of foreign languages, participation in other extra-curricular activities, potential knowledge and experiences in the field of international law, awareness of international environmental problemsand on the basis of an interview. The selection is made by the clinic coordinator.


Learning and teaching methods  
  • Seminar: 20 hours.
  • Individual work: 90 hours.
  • Lectures: 10 hours.

No numerical grades/assessment. The grade is given only as apass/not pass. The student successfullypasses the legal clinic withparticipation atall the lectures and seminars andactive contribution on the selected practical problem.


Content (Syllabus outline)  

1)Theoretical part: Students take part intheintroductory lecture, where theyreceive the elementary information on the work within the clinic, and participate at lectures where theygain theoretical knowledge and get acquainted with selected topics from the field of international environmental law, as well as with the work of legal practitioners andenvironmentalnon-governmentalorganisations(Humanitas, Earthjustice, CLEAN, itd.). The topic of the lectures and seminars is defined according to the selected practical problem, which gives the students the opportunity to gain an exhaustive overview of the international legal framework of the problem.

2) Work on the selected legal issue from the field of environmental law (solving concrete legal issues/cases):In cooperation with the clinic coordinatorand other co-mentors, students prepare all the necessary materialson a selected international environmental legal issueand propose possible legal solutions.

3) Voluntary practical work at the environmental non-governmental organisations:In the course of the legal clinic, students have the opportunity to engage in practical work in the form of pro bonolegal counselling and help in solving legal question at one of the selected non-governmental organisation dealing with environmental issues(Pravnoinformacijski center nevladnih organizacij, Umanotera, Ekokrog, Greenpeace, etc.). Each student is assigned to one of the mentioned non-governmental organisation where he/she acts as a legal adviser and assistant, solves legal questions and provides help with ongoing projects, under the mentorship of an experienced practitioner.

Objectives and competences

The overall objective of the legal clinic is the acquisition of general knowledge and understanding of the international environmental law, which principles and rules are transposed into European and Slovenian environmental law,and acquisition of specific knowledge on the selected issue from the field of environmental law.The student will gain the following competences:

-in-depth theoretical knowledgethat the students do not gain in regular courses;

-scientific analysis of problems, evaluation of different theoretical starting points, use of the comparative legal methods and critical analysis of state practice and international jurisprudence relevant for the environmental law;

-legal writing and argumentation;

-drafting legal documents;

-improving their skills to take part in legal proceedings;

-familiarization with the internal functioning of mentor institutions and work with clients as well as active participation in counselling activities and other activities of mentor institutions.

Intended learning outcomes  

Knowledge and understanding:

-new knowledge gained from the field of international and European environmental law;

-students gain skills of scientific analysis of broad international environmental problems, evaluation of various theoretical positions, analytical interpretation of decisions of courts and other relevant bodies and legal argumentation;

-application of the law in practice, solving concrete legal cases, drafting legal documents;

-gaining practical experiences useful for students' future professional work as lawyers;

-raising awareness on the importance of professional responsibility and ethicsin legal profession.


SANCIN, V. in KOVIČ DINE, M. (ur.): Greening the urban living, Litteralis, 2016 (izbrana poglavja).

SANCIN, V. in KOVIČ DINE, M. (ur.): International Environmental Law: Contemporary Concerns and Challenges in 2014, GV Založba, 2014 (izbrana poglavja).

SANCIN, V. (ur.): International Environmental Law: Contemporary Concerns and Challenges, GV Založba, 2012 (izbrana poglavja).

SANDS, P., PEEL, J., FABRA, R. and MACKENZIE, R.: Principles of International Environmental Law, Third Edition, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

BIRNIE, P., A. E. BOYLE & C. REDGWELL, International Law and the Environment, Third Edition, Oxford University Press, 2009.

Relevantne mednarodne pogodbe in judikatura, glede na obravnavani problem.

Relevantna zakonodaja ter sodna praksa EU in drugih mednarodnih organizacij.

Relevantna domača zakonodaja in sodna praksa, ki implementira mednarodnopravne obveznosti.
Priporočena literatura: Nabor literature se vsako leto dopolni z aktualnimi deli s področja problemov, ki se obravnavajo.


The courses are financed by the University of Ljubljana and free of charge for students of the University of Ljubljana.