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OAFP 5030 - EU & Climate Change

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Basic knowledge of the institutions and functioning of the EU (decision making process)

Course Description

In 1957, when the Treaty of Rome has been signed, climate change was just a speculation of few scientists. In 2009, the Lisbon Treaty has integrated the fight against climate change among the objectives of the environmental external policy of the EU. In 50 years, climate change turned from an object of research for a few scholars in atmospheric physics to a widely recognized political and juridical object. This course is dedicated to the construction of a policy on climate change in the European Union. The EU always tried to play the role of leader in the fight against climate change at the international level, but its ambition had contrastingly outcomes. On the one side, the capacity of the EU to convince other Countries to follow its positions has decreased in the last 10 years, on the other side, the advanced internal measures adopted by the EU institutions in Energy, Agriculture and other fields make the EU a great example for the rest of the world. During the semester we will analyze the external relations of the EU in the field and its internal policies, giving particular importance to the EU Emission Trading System.


RUSSO, Eleonora (Enseignante et responsable pédagogique du master Affaires Européennes)

Pedagogical format

Lecture by the teacher and open debates during the course. External lecturers might be invited.

Course validation

The students are expected to participate to the debates in class. The evaluation will be based on the participation (10%) and on a final paper of 3000 words (90%). Students can decide the topic of the paper in agreement with the teacher.


Every week 1 compulsory and a several further readings will be posted on the moodle.

Required reading

Selected chapters of: Elisa MORGERA (ed.) The External Environmental Policy of the European Union, EU and International Perspectives, Cambridge University Press, 2012.