LLM Programme in Energy, Environmental and Climate Change Law

LLM Programme in Energy, Environmental and Climate Change Law

Message from Professor Kurt Deketelaere

Dear student,

Welcome to the LLM in Energy, Environmental and Climate Change Law, offered by the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw, with the support of the Sustainability College Bruges (SCB).

The programme will introduce you to the broad area of energy, environmental and climate change law from an international, European and comparative legal perspective. You will be taught and challenged by some of the best academics and practitioners in this field worldwide. In addition to the interactive classes, you will spend a minimum of one month undertaking an internship in legal practice in Europe or beyond. During the course you will have the opportunity to prove yourself by completing three papers and a thesis on crucial legal issues.

The management of energy, environmental and climate change issues is a key challenge for our planet. Come join us and be part of the solution!

Looking forward to meeting you,

Prof Kurt Deketelaere


the University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration (Warsaw, Poland)


One academic year (two semesters)




Postgraduate extramural studies.

Classes are held in multi-day blocks that may include Saturdays and Sundays


the expected date of commencement of classes is October 2019


€4950 in total

Graduate profile

  • Graduates of the LLM Programme in Energy, Environmental and Climate Change Law are equipped with knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the current legal framework regarding energy law, environmental protection and climate change in Europe and in the world.
  • They recognise and understand key legal and political issues requiring effective regulatory and institutional responses in the fields of energy, environmental protection, and climate change.
  • Graduates possess the skills to analyse and apply in practice appropriate regulatory solutions in the fields of energy, environmental protection, and climate change.
  • They can articulate their own positions effectively in legal and political discourse on the subjects of energy, environmental protection, and climate change.
  • Our graduates are ready for individual and collaborative work related to energy, environmental protection, and climate change challenges.
  • They are capable of deploying their acquired knowledge both as a basis for further individual professional development and as a basis for working among professional lawyers operating in the field of energy, environmental protection, and climate change.
  • Graduates can assess and evaluate proposed regulatory interventions in the areas of energy, environment, and climate change.
  • Graduates know how to act in the field of energy regulation, environmental protection and climate change for the benefit of society and the public interest.
  • Moreover, each graduate is knowledgeable on good practices (European and global) in the area of law and policy relevant to energy, environment and climate.


For the purposes of the recruitment process the candidate is required to submit the following documents:

  • an application for admission to studies printed from the IRK system (https://irk.uw.edu.pl/);
  • a certified copy of a higher education diploma;
  • a completed personal questionnaire (a template of the questionnaire is available on the website);
  • a cover letter;
  • confirmation of English language proficiency at a minimum level of B2 (TOEFL, FCE, CEA, CPE, IELTS Academic or another recognised certificate);
  • a thesis proposal;
  • a copy of an identity document (identity card / passport);
  • a statement of a mailing address (a template of the statement is available on the website);
  • 2 photos (37 x 52 mm);
  • a payment declaration (a template of the declaration is available on the website).

Deadline for submitting documents: 10 October 2019.

Candidates are required to submit a complete set of documents to the Dean’s Office at the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw, Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, Warsaw (phone +48 22 55 24 601), either in person or by post.

Terms of graduation:

In order to graduate from the course of study, the student must meet the conditions of graduation:

  1. participating in and passing 3 thematic blocks
  2. participating in and passing the thematic seminar
  3. obtaining 63 ECTS points (3 thematic blocks of 15 ECTS, thematic seminar of 3 ECTS: one to choose to elaborate on, internship of 5 ECTS, thesis seminar of 10 ECTS)
  4. elaborating and submitting a thesis for assessment

Graduates receive a post-graduate diploma containing a list of subjects covered by their course of study.


Recognised experts in law (environmental, energy, climate change, maritime, international, European), lawyers in practice, legal advisers, consultants, and academics representing leading universities from across Europe and the world.


Semester I

INTRODUCTION (total 18 hrs)

  • Recap of the basic principles of public international law
  • Introduction to international action on climate change, the politics and the law
  • Energy, the environment and climate in relation to sustainability and sustainable development goals
  • Recap of the basic principles of European Union Law I
  • Recap of the basic principles of European Union Law II
  • Recap of the basic principles and methodology of comparative law


  • International Energy Law: Oil, Gas and Electricity
  • International Energy Law: Nuclear Energy
  • International Environmental Law
  • The protection of the Marine Environment in International Law
  • Conservation of Biodiversity in International Law
  • International Energy Law: Energy Security

  • International Climate Change Law: Climate Change Mitigation I
  • International Climate Change Law: Climate Change Mitigation II
  • International Climate Change Law: Climate Change Adaptation I
  • International Climate Change Law: Climate Change Adaptation II
  • International Trade Law and the Protection of Human Health and the Environment


  • EU Primary Environmental Law and Tax Law
  • EU Secondary Environmental Law
  • EU Environmental Law: Enforcement and Implementation
  • EU Environmental Law: Waste Law
  • EU Water Law
  • EU Climate Change Law: Adaptation Law
  • EU Industrial Emissions Law

  • EU Energy Law: Market Liberalisation I
  • EU Energy Law: Market Liberalisation II
  • EU Energy Law: Renewable Energy Law and Energy Efficiency
  • EU Climate Change Law: Climate Change Mitigation I: ETS
  • EU Climate Change Law: Climate Change Mitigation II: Effort sharing
  • EU Nature Protection Law

Semester II


  • Env, Energy, Climate Change law in the United States
  • Env, Energy, Climate Change law in Brazil
  • Env, Energy, Climate Change law in Japan
  • Env, Energy, Climate Change law in China
  • Env, Energy, Climate Change law in Africa
  • Env, Energy, Climate Change law in Norway

Thematic seminar (one to choose to elaborate on)

  • Seveso Installations and Civil Protection
  • Legal Implications of Sea Level Rise upon Maritime Jurisdictional Zones
  • Mining law
  • Biofuels, CCS, Shale Gas and Shale Oil
  • Energy Infrastructure
  • Climate change, food security and agriculture, and its consequences for climate justice
  • Environmental Liability and Insurance
  • Chemicals law
  • The Arctic Ocean


Thesis seminar

Institutional cooperation (WPiA UW & SCB)

The Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw (WPiA UW) is one of the oldest faculties at the University of Warsaw, tracing its origin to 1808 (which precedes by eight years the founding of the University of Warsaw itself). Nowadays, there are about 4,500 students, numerous post-graduate students, as well as a few dozen PhD students. Among the graduates of our Faculty there are 4 Nobel Prize winners and holders of the highest positions in state institutions. We have over 230 scientific employees, of which over 100 are professors and habilitated doctors. The Faculty runs 6 foreign law schools: American law (lecturers representing the Emory School of Law and GSU College of Law), English law (lecturers representing Juris Angliae Scientia, Cambridge and other English universities), French law (lecturers representing Université de Poitiers), German law (lecturers representing the University of Bonn), Spanish law (lecturers representing Universidad de Castilla la Mancha), and Italian law (lecturers representing Università di Catania and Università Sacro Cuore di Milano). We have the largest library resources in Poland together with access to online collections and foreign databases. We offer dozens of courses in English for international exchange students, including the Erasmus + programme (over 140 exchange agreements, each year over 100 foreign students are hosted by our faculty within Erasmus+ and bilateral cooperation programmes). This makes our faculty the largest law faculty in Poland and Central-Eastern Europe.

Sustainability College Bruges (SCB) is a private institution specialising in environmental, energy, climate change and health & safety issues which offers continuing education, research, advisory services, and mediation for a worldwide public. The activities of the SCB are inspired and guided by the 2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals and the 2016 European Action for Sustainability agenda. The SCB is composed of Centres for Continuing Education, Research, Mediation & Dispute Resolution, and Advisory Services. It is supported by a large group of SCB Fellows, an International Advisory Board and the Friends of SCB.



Znani absolwenci Wydziału

  • Leszek Garlicki

    Leszek Garlicki

    Sędzia Europejskiego Trybunału Praw Człowieka (2002-2012), Sędzia Trybunału Konstytucyjnego (1993-2001)

  • Witold Gombrowicz

    Witold Gombrowicz

    Powieściopisarz, nowelista, dramaturg

  • Małgorzata Gersdorf

    Małgorzata Gersdorf

    Pierwszy Prezes Sądu Najwyższego

  • Leszek Bosek

    Leszek Bosek

    Prezes Prokuratorii Generalnej Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej

  • Hanna Gronkiewicz–Waltz

    Hanna Gronkiewicz–Waltz

    Prezydent m.st. Warszawy, Prezes NBP (1992–2001)

  • Lech Paprzycki

    Lech Paprzycki

    Prezes Sądu Najwyższego Izba Karna (1999-2016)

  • Jan Brzechwa

    Jan Brzechwa

    Poeta, satyryk, tłumacz

  • Marek Safjan

    Marek Safjan

    Sędzia Trybunału Sprawiedliwości Unii Europejskiej, Prezes Trybunału Konstytucyjnego (1998-2006)

  • Jerzy Giedroyć

    Jerzy Giedroyć

    Publicysta, polityk, działacz emigracyjny

  • Leonid Hurwicz

    Leonid Hurwicz

    Ekonomista, laureat Nagrody Nobla (2007)

  • Lech Gardocki

    Lech Gardocki

    Pierwszy Prezes Sądu Najwyższego (1998-2010)

  • Adam Bodnar

    Adam Bodnar

    Rzecznik Praw Obywatelskich

  • Adam Zieliński

    Adam Zieliński

    Rzecznik Praw Obywatelskich (1996-2000), Prezes Naczelnego Sądu Administracyjnego (1982-1992)

  • Henryk Sienkiewicz

    Henryk Sienkiewicz

    Nowelista, powieściopisarz, publicysta, laureat Nagrody Nobla (1905)

  • Janusz Kochanowski

    Janusz Kochanowski

    Rzecznik Praw Obywatelskich (2006-2010), dyplomata

  • Lech Falandysz

    Lech Falandysz

    Zastępca Szefa Kancelarii Prezydenta RP (1991–1995)


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