New Joint Nordic Master Program in Environmental Law

The need for expertise in Environmental Law is increasing. Starting the autumn of 2019, the Faculty of Law at UiT, is proud to offer international students a brand new and exciting master program in Environmental Law, in collaboration with the University of Uppsala and the University of Eastern Finland.

UiT The Arctic University of Norway, where the students will study the third semester of the NOMPEL program. Foto: Stig Brøndbo, UiT The Arctic University of Norway.

The joint Nordic master program in Environmental Law (NOMPEL) is a unique program, offered by three universities in cooperation. The program provides knowledge in environmental law at three levels: internationally, within the EU and in the different Nordic countries.

Three countries

During the program, the students will physically be studying in three Nordic countries; first at Uppsala University in Sweden, before moving to the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu and ending at UiT the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø. This will provide them with international experience within and alongside the education, while studying at three law institutions with long experience in environmental law research and education. The program provides financial support to the students for travels between the three universities.

The University of Uppsala, where the students will study the first semester. The second will be spent in Joensuu at the University of Eastern Finland. Foto: Colourbox.

The goal is to create good conditions for those who are interested in legal work in the field of environment, nationally or internationally, but also for those who wish to study for a PhD in environmental law.

Exciting and challenging

We can offer international students an exciting and challenging master program in environmental law, where they will have the best expertise of three different Nordic universities. At the same time, they will get to know Nordic culture and society”, says Tore Henriksen, professor at The Faculty of Law, at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.

Henriksen is himself a world leading expert in field of the Law of the Sea, and responsible for UiT’s part of the master program.

Special knowledge

The program gives the students basic theoretical and methodological knowledge in environmental law. The students will acquire special legal knowledge and skills within two key environmental fields: management of natural resources and the protection of biodiversity and climate change and energy transition.

Need for competence in environmental Law

Climate and environmental questions indeed get more and more important, and both the public sector and the private business sector need people with competence in Environmental Law. We need people who knows the legal frames for the environment”, says professor Henriksen.

The NOMPEL master is the first joint program in the field of law funded through the Nordic Council of Ministers. Its objective is to make higher education in the Nordic Region more international and offer joint programs that are research-based and build on the participating universities' areas of excellence.

The first admission to the NOMPEL-program is for start-up in autumn semester 2019. Deadline for applying is January 15, 2019. Please note that the application must be submitted to Uppsala University only.

Please read more about the NOMPEL, and about the application procedure at Uppsala’s webpage.

If you have any questions regarding the program, you can contact the program advisor at UiT: Line Merete Skarvik,

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Last updated: 16.11.2018 14:05