The NOMPEL programme gives the students basic theoretical and methodological knowledge in
NOMPEL includes three main phases in accordance with a progression in learning outcomes.
The first phase entails a broad introductory course, basically a discussion on the Role of Law in Environmental Policies (Uppsala). The student will learn the functions and potentials of different environmental legal instruments and principles, as well as how legislation and legal principles can counteract implementation of environmental objectives and green growth. The student will also learn how international and EU environmental law interact with national law and the basic structures and challenges in environmental law, in all Nordic states.
Building upon a general understanding of environmental law (i.e. the influence of international and EU law and the basic legal similarities and differences between the Nordic states), the second phase (end of the first and the entire second and third semesters) provides the student with a specialisation in two environmental legal areas: effective management of natural resources, including the protection of biodiversity and climate change and energy law. Both are of fundamental importance from an international, EU and Nordic perspective.
With specific competencies in biodiversity law and climate and energy law, the student shall produce a thesis in either of the two legal fields; but with a specific thesis topic demanding their own empirical research and analysis, covering, inter alia, the Nordic perspective. The student is continuously supported by a supervisor from any of the three universities. Seminars, during the course, advise the student in legal methodology, structuring and writing skills (as a follow-up to the introductory course). Students receive feedback on draft papers, presented in seminars, in the middle of the semester. The final thesis is subject to opposition, during seminars, at the end of the course and is evaluated and graded by a professor other than the students supervisor. The final seminars also include a summing up of the entire Masters Programme.
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.
Language of the programme
The language of the programme is English. Students are required to complete all of the courses in English.