Sustainable Development Policy and Strategy


- Knowledge of the origins and evolution of environment and development policy;

- Knowledge of global institutions and governance;

- Acquisition of competences to build, implement and follow Sustainable Development Strategies at different scales, in association with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations;

- Understanding of the fundamental principles of Public Law and Environmental Law; acknowledgement of the main environment-related regulatory instruments and their application.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

João Miguel Dias Joanaz de Melo, Tomás Augusto Barros Ramos


Weekly - 2

Total - 28

Teaching language



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Dalal-Clayton, B. & Bass, S. (eds). (2012), Sustainable Development Strategies: A Resource Book.  OECD/ UNDP/ EarthScan. 384 pp. ISBN 1-85383-946-9 

Dalal-Clayton, B. & Krikhaar, F. (2007) A New Sustainable Development Strategy: An Opportunity Not To Be Missed. Report of the Peer Review of the Netherlands Sustainable Development Strategy. RMNO, The Hague, Netherlands. Series Advice no. A.10. ISBN 978-90-72377-72-2

Carew-Reid J., Prescott-Allen, R., Bass S., Dalal-Clayton, B. (2009). Strategies for National Sustainable Development: A handbook for their planning and implementation (Sustainable Development Set) 1st Edition. 226 pages. Routledge; 1 edition. ISBN-10: 1844079392

Environmental Law, case studies and jurisprudence.

Teaching method

A combination of different teaching methods is employed: lectures, debates and seminars with invited speakers; development of practical assignments that integrate the course materials. The module on Public and Environmental Law will be lectured by invited Environmental Law specialists under a partnership agreement.

Evaluation method

Evaluation is based on written assignments and their discussion, plus the participation of students in class debates.

Subject matter

1. Environment and sustainability policy: origin and evolution; global institutions and governance; the UN system and other multinational institutions.

2. Construction, implementation and follow-up of sustainable development strategies: existing frameworks and their mapping; governance for sustainability; identification and dialogue with stakeholders; selection of participatory methods; follow-up and communication methods; implementation and decision-making processes.

3. Public and Environmental Law: general principles of Law, law-making and interpretation; environmental law in Portugal; environmental law in the EU and international; environmental liability and environmental NGO; environmental litigation; production of proof in a court of law; major trends.


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