The NOMPEL programme equips students with basic theoretical and methodological knowledge in
NOMPEL includes three main phases.
The first phase entails an introductory course on the Role of Law in Environmental Policies (Uppsala). The students will learn about the functions and potentials of different environmental legal instruments and principles, as well as how legislation and legal principles might enable the achievement of environmental objectives and green growth. The students will also learn how international and EU environmental law interact with national law and the basic structures and challenges of enforcing environmental law, in all Nordic countries.
Building upon the general understanding of environmental law developed during the first phase, the second phase provides students with a chance to specialize in the two areas of environmental law: 1) effective management of natural resources, including the protection of biodiversity and 2) climate change and energy law. Both are of fundamental importance from an international, EU and Nordic perspective.
Having acquired specialist competencies in biodiversity law and climate and energy law, in the third phase of the programme students will write a thesis in their area of specialisation. Students will be asked to choose a thesis topic and to develop their own empirical researche and analysis. The students will be continuously supported by a supervisor from one of the NOMPEL universities. Seminars, legal methodology and thesis writing skills will be provided. Students will receive feedback on draft papers, which will be presented in seminars, in the middle of the semester. The final thesis is evaluated and graded by two examiners, from two different institutions. The candidate’s academic supervisor cannot be one of the examiners. The candidate will receive a brief written reasoning of the grade awarded.
Students who have successfully completed the programme will be awarded a joint degree (120 credits), named:
- Master of Legal Science (Uppsala University)
- Master of International and Comparative Law (University of Eastern Finland)
- Master of Laws (UiT The Arctic University of Norway)
In Finland, the MICL degree does not qualify the graduate for positions in the judiciary or to practice law (e.g. as a judge or a lawyer). These positions require a Finnish Master of Laws degree (oikeustieteen maisteri, OTM).
Students holding a Finnish Bachelor of Laws (oikeusnotaari, ON) degree from a Finnish university can be awarded the degree Master of Laws (OTM).
The Programme degree requires the completion of all Programme courses (see below).
Language of the programme
The language of the programme is English. Students are required to complete all the courses in English.