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Law and economics of the sustainable management of water, oceans and lagoons

Organizing institution
Utrecht University & Ca’ Foscari University Venice, Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance (UU)
Course code
Course fee (incl. housing)
€ 2600
Bachelor level

During this 4 week course, which takes place both in Utrecht and Venice, you will be introduced to the law and economics of the sustainable management of water and oceans, with a particular focus on the Venetian lagoon in the second part of the course. We will introduce you to water law at the international, regional and domestic perspective; to the international law of the sea; and to the legal and economic challenges related to the sustainable management of the Venetian lagoon.

A special track consists out of a number of courses, which have been successfully combined in the past. Registering for a special track is more convenient than for each course separately and it also often results to substantial discount.

A unique opportunity: learn all about the legal regulation of water in both Utrecht, a city situated in the Netherlands, a country half of which is below sea level; and Venice, a city completely surrounded by water.

This course is a special track consisting of three parts in two different cities. The first week will focus mainly on freshwater and its legal regulation at the international, regional and domestic level. Four themes will be addressed: the legal status of water, water safety and flood protection, water quality, and sustainable use of water.

During the second week, the students will be introduced to the international law that regulates the use of the oceans. Currently, the legal framework for the sea is provided by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982 (UNCLOS). This framework convention divides the oceans in various coastal state maritime zones and international areas. In all these areas the legal regime seeks to maintain a balance between the rights, interests and obligations of individual states and the international community’s interests. During this week we will, inter alia, critically examine whether law is an effective tool to regulate merchant shipping, migrants at sea and environmental protection.
Week 3 and 4 will take place in Venice, Italy. During these two weeks you will study the lagoon in which Venice is built. The lagoon is a unique and complex system of interconnected components, and its preservation is of undeniable vital importance.

The aim of these two weeks is to provide students with insights in:
• Lagoon environment morpho-dynamics and the main driving processes.
• Physical, ecological and human interactions in coastal lagoons.
• Economical and management challenges related to the Venetian port and lagoon.

This special track consists of:
1. International, European and Domestic Water Law (1 week, Utrecht)
2. Introduction to the International Law of the Sea (1 week, Utrecht)
3. Environment and Economics of Coastal Lagoons (2 weeks, Venice)


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Prof. Enrico Bertuzzo


Andrea Rinaldo
Pierpaolo Campostrini
Paolo Costa
Andrea D’Alpaos
Leonida Giunta
Antonio Marcomini
Fabio Pranovi


The first two weeks are about law, and thus a basic understanding of law is welcome. The part in Venice is interdisciplinary, with particular attention to aspects relating to Economics, Management, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Natural Sciences, and Geosciences. Students of those disciplines and Law students, as well as people with basic knowledge of these disciplines, are particularly encouraged to apply. But otherwise the course is open to students and practitioners from all backgrounds and subjects.


The aim of the course is to provide a basic introduction to selected issues of international, European and domestic water law, a basic introduction to the law of the sea and to provide the student with insights in the sustainable management of the Venetian lagoon.


6-10 contact hours per week plus additional reading. At least 4 afternoon visits. All classes and visits will be held in English.


• € 2600 - Course + course materials + housing

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Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.


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Deadline for registration: 15 June 2017

Application closed