Law Division


UNEP – University of Eastern Finland Course on MEAs 

Annual two-week course aimed at transferring past experiences to government and NGO officials engaged in MEA negotiations.

  • The Thirteenth Course will be held in Joensuu, Finland from 21 November to 1 December 2016.
  • First Announcement 
  • The application period is open from 1 June to 14 August 2016.  You can apply here.


The University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) jointly organized, in co-operation with the Fudan University Law School and UNEP-Tongji University Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development, a high profile two-week Course on international environmental law-making and diplomacy at Nordic Centre and Fudan University, Shanghai, China from 2 to 12 November 2015. The Course transfers past experience in the field of international environmental law to current and future negotiators of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). 

The Twelfth Course was held in November 2-12 at the Nordic Centre Fudan University, Shanghai, China. The course was hosted by Fudan Nordic Centre in cooperation with Fudan University Law School and UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development,

There were 22 participants from 22 countries attending the course, as well as lecturers and resource persons around the world. The total amount of applications to the course was over 270.

Special theme: Climate Change



The UEF–UNEP Course has been organized annually since 2004. The previous courses which have been are:

  • Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements (Climate Change)
    2-12 November 2015 , Shanghai, China

The course has over the years imparted knowledge and skills set on MEAs and Diplomacy in the field of international environmental law to more than 325 participants from both developed and developing countries.

The Course seeks to transfer past experiences in the field of international environmental law to current and future negotiators of environmental agreements. The Course alumni actively participate in international environmental negotiations, and networks created during the Courses play an important role in environmental negotiations around the world. In addition, the course aims to provide a forum to foster North-South cooperation and to take stock of recent developments in the negotiation and implementation of multilateral environmental agreements and in diplomatic practices in the field.

In addition to government officials engaged in international environmental negotiations, other stakeholders, such as representatives from non-governmental organizations and the private sector, are encouraged to participate in the Course. Researchers and academics in the field are also eligible.

The selection of participants is based on experience in international environmental law-making and diplomacy. The selection process aims to strike a balance between developing and developed countries, equitable geographical distribution and gender. The participants are selected in three categories: fully funded, partially funded and self-funding. The full fellowship covers travel, full board, subsistence and the tuition fee, while the partial fellowship covered only full board, subsistence and tuition fee but does not include travel. The organizers encourage candidates to find external funding for their participation.

The Course lecturers and facilitators include diplomats, government officials and academics. Representatives from UEF and UNEP deliver lectures and presentations, lead the negotiation simulation, and function as Course resource persons. The working methods of the Course are a combination of lectures and interactive sessions in the form of plenary and group discussions, workshops and simulations.

Feedback has been collected on each Course, which has in turn been compiled into a detailed Course Evaluation. In addition, the International Environmental Law-making and Diplomacy Review has been published after each Course.