The Law of Sustainable Development

15 credits

The main course themes are the foundations of environmental law, commercial law and human rights. They are addressed on international, regional and national level, always in relation to sustainable development. In particular, the course deals with issues such as the use of land and water, how wildlife is affected by human activities, problems with air pollution, demography and migration, industrial production and consumption, energy resources and security threats of different kinds. Moreover, the course addresses the need for education and spreading of knowledge on sustainable development. The course progresses in four steps. First, students learn about basic facts behind environmental problems. Secondly, focus is on international law and sustainable development. Thirdly, the course deals with the legal norms for the economy, environment and human rights on regional level. Fourthly, the local level is in focus by letting students work on cases selected from their home countries.

Course participants come from many different countries across the world. This international classroom enables learning that benefit from different cultural backgrounds that can be compared and discussed.


Växjö is a modern city with more than 80,000 inhabitants. The city has been declared "the Greenest City in Europe" because of its focus on environmentally sound solutions and the environmental programs implemented.

Being a student in Växjö you have easy access to everything – the city centre, the woods and the lakes. The pedestrian path from campus around Lake Växjösjön reaches almost all the way to the city centre and is perfect for jogging or taking long walks.

Campus Växjö is modeled along the lines of an American campus university and is the natural meeting place for students in Växjö. Campus is always bustling with life, and students move between lecture rooms, the University Library and the restaurants, pubs and outdoor recreational areas.