Jean Monnet course: Transatlantic Climate Change and Energy Law

Course content

New pilot project course supported financially by the Jean Monnet Programme.


Individual governmental entities such as the European Union and the United States, their member states, as well as the European Economic Area (EEA) and its members, are involved in trying to reduce the impacts of climate change and move away from fossil fuels.  There is much to be learned in understanding what actions the EU, EEA, and US are taking, the reasons for those actions, and whether improvements can be made.  Analyzing and comparing the various approaches will render new ideas for how best to approach the climate change and energy -related issues and, it is hoped, spread the wealth of experience that is being learned on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. 


The course builds on the Bachelor degree both as far as international, European law and will illustrate the use of the comparative method in practice. The course does not require that other Master courses have been followed.


The activities include several innovative components:

  • Live teleconferencing sessions every Monday from 16.15-18, where students will learn about International/EU/US as well as Denmark/Colorado/Norway responses to climate change and the energy transition;
  • Student preparation and presentation of policy papers [students in the three locations will be organized into “teams” to work collaboratively to prepare a document that: (a) compares various policies; (b) recommends potential new policies; and (c) assesses the opportunities and risks associated with implementation of the new policies). Students will meet in person with their peers in Oslo, Norway and together in their “teams” present briefings to the various audiences. Seminar expenses to be paid by the Jean Monnet Programme;
  • Field trip to Oslo, Norway. If COVID-19 allows, at the end of the course, all students and professors will meet in Oslo for a series of student presentations and meetings with Norwegian climate change and energy transition experts. This course provides an exceptional opportunity to begin building your professional network in Europe and expand them in the US.


Note: The Jean Monnet Programme covers the transatlantic flight, accommodations, ground transport in Oslo for specific travel during the two days of conference and 2 ½ days of field trip for up to 15 students per partner institution. Colorado European Union Center of Excellence (CEUCE) arranges and books student travel. More details and instructions will be communicated through Absalon during the course.


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Learning outcome

The evolution of EU and US climate change policy and law has been uneven, with the US often lagging behind.  Meanwhile, the EU has provided the world steady and serious leadership.


In recognition of the need for the “two sides” to better understand the other’s point of view, The purpose is to work together in 3 regions in an effort to increase their respective students’ understanding of the respective policies of each governmental entity. With these “test cases” in hand, the course  is focused specifically on comparing, analyzing, and learning from what has happened and is happening at International, EU, and US levels, as well as in several member states including Denmark, and Norway and the US the state of Colorado. The decision to choose Colorado, Denmark, and Norway has been taken deliberately because of the three states’ unique experiences relating to climate change and the energy transitions that are needed. 

Case-work illustrated by 3 countries – Norway, USA (Colorado) and Denmark. Using teleconferencing software, each professor will “participate in” all three “classrooms,” that is to say in Copenhagen, Denver, and Oslo. There will be group work and student – presentations during a 2 days seminar where students are exchanged and present on location (CPH in 2019, Denver 2020, Oslo 2021) including teaching professors. The seminar is followed by 2½ days field trip.

A detailed reading list has been prepared. The literature covers both international law, EU law and national law, and includes individual book chapters, articles and references to homepages. Most literature will be uploaded.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 min.
Oral exam based on synopsis, 20 minutes
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 178,25
  • Seminar
  • 28
  • English
  • 206,25