Environmental Justice and Ecological Transition (JETE)

The purpose of the « Environmental Justice and Ecological Transition » (JETE) clinical course at the Sciences Po Law School is to introduce students to the great diversity of initiatives that use the law as a tool to resist environmental injustices and to transform our ecological and political systems at the local, national and transnational levels.

Based on a committed and transdisciplinary teaching method, it aims at providing students with the means to actively participate in this broad movement for the transformation of our societies, and to take a critical look at it in order to understand its limits and tensions.

Built in two phases, the JETE course will focus in the first semester on the current trend towards the development of environmental and climate litigation in France and around the world, and on certain emerging themes in international environmental law such as the recognition of the crime of ecocide or the (controversial) recognition of the "rights of nature". In the second semester, the course will focus on legal issues associated with ecological transition presented through the examination of concrete case studies.

The 2020-2021 Pedagogical Team:

  • First Semestre : Luca d’Ambrosio and Aurélien Bouayad
  • Second Semester : Pierre Bourdon and Sonia Fodil-Cherif

Projects and Partners 2020-2021:

  • SPLS : Bee Law (Hélène Bellanger)
  • Greenpeace : Le consommateur face à la dangerosité des produits pétroliers (Inès Bouchema and Alice Messin-Roizard)

At a time of global warming and as the oil industry is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, Greenpeace wants to explore legal paths to strengthen the obligations of oil companies.

  • International Energy Agency : Accelerating the Clean Energy Transitions through Carbon Capture (Jeremy Lagelee)

Carbon capture, sequestration and utilization (CCUS) is one of the only technological solutions that can significantly reduce emissions from gas and coal-fired power plants and decarbonize energy-intensive industrial processes. The deployment of so-called "negative emissions" technologies, recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is a key element in containing global warming to 1.5°C and meeting the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

In partnership with the International Energy Agency (IEA), this project provides students with a hands-on experience impacting climate and energy issues on a global scale. 

Phase 1 (conducted in 2019/2020 in the framework of the JETE Clinic) established a solid foundation to the project. It resulted in an enhanced database of  existing regulatory and legal tools in relevant jurisdictions (USA, EU, Norway, Canada among others), as well as relevant legal developments in the jurisdictions which intend to implement new CCUS projects in the near future (e.g. China). In Phase 2 (2020-2021), students will conduct further legal research on existing legal instruments, with a view to update and enhance the IEA’s  Carbon Capture and Storage: Model Regulatory Framework and disseminate it to relevant stakeholders.

The Model Framework will provide a comprehensive and documented overview to support regulators and policy makers who intend to adopt CCUS legislation. Specific case studies will enrich the Model Framework and reflect existing best practices. Finally, research will be carried out to address complex legal issues such as the cross-border transport of CO2. By providing an overview of the legal structures facilitating the deployment of "negative emissions" technologies, this project directly addresses global energy and climate issues

  • Notre Affaire à Tous : Pollution de l'air dans la vallée de la chimie (Marine Denis)
  • PGMBM : Interpretation of foreign law by national courts in Europe (Camille Fromentin)
  • Paris en Selle (Anaïs Guerry) 

Conducted in partnership with the association "Paris en Selle", this law clinic project has two targets. The first is to clarify the cycling legal framework in the city of Paris and its Metropolis. The second is to find out road governance principles for a "100% cycling" town.

Projects 2019-2020 (232 Ko)

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