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University College Dublin: Environmental & Climate Law

Institution University College Dublin View institution profile
Department UCD Sutherland School of Law
Telephone +353 1 716 8500
Study type Taught


Environmental degradation and the climate and biodiversity crises are amongst the most important issues of our time. At their heart are questions of intersectionality and justice. This interdisciplinary programme enables law and non-law graduates to develop core knowledge and skills that will be needed to help address these challenges, whose significance will continue growing in the years ahead.

The programme draws on UCD Sutherland School of Law’s established strength in climate and environmental law and policy, while also benefiting from teaching and research expertise from across the university, including from the Schools of Geography, Economics, Biology & Environmental Science, and Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy.

Note: In keeping with our commitment to environmental responsibility, international students undertaking this programme online will be charged the same fees as Domestic/EU students.

An interdisciplinary legal degree for tomorrow’s environmental leaders

This unique programme allows law and non-law graduates to combine a legal degree with the development of expertise in a range of other vital environmental disciplines.

Dr. Andrew Jackson, Assistant Professor of Environmental Law

Andrew Jackson has diverse research interests in the fields of climate and environmental law and is an accomplished litigator, having been involved in public interest environmental cases for many years, including before the Irish, English and EU courts. He acted for Friends of the Irish Environment in the landmark ‘Climate Case Ireland’ before the Supreme Court of Ireland. His previous roles include working for a large law firm in London and Paris, for the UK government's Department for Environment, and as in-house lawyer for an environmental NGO in Ireland.

Prof. Suzanne Kingston, Professor of Environmental Law

Suzanne Kingston is Professor of Environmental Law at UCD and a Judge of the EU General Court. Suzanne has published widely in the fields of environmental and climate law and is co-author of ‘European Environmental Law’ (Cambridge University Press), described by reviewers as an "essential text" and a "major contribution to the literature".

The aim of this programme is to equip graduates to work in the fields of climate and environmental law/policy, internationally or in Ireland, as a practising lawyer, legal adviser, policy maker, advocate, researcher, consultant or academic. Career opportunities exist for example in inter-governmental organisations (e.g. United Nations, European Union, Council of Europe), in government departments and agencies, in local government, in international and domestic non-governmental organisations and think tanks, and in leading planning and environmental consultancies and law firms.

Several UCD careers events are held throughout the year, including dedicated law careers fairs which are attended by top employers. For specific careers advice, the UCD Sutherland School of Law has a dedicated careers advisor on its academic faculty.


University College Dublin


Why UCD?
University College Dublin is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities. Ranked in the top 1% of institutions worldwide, in the overall 2023 QS World University Rankings, UCD was named 181 in the world. 

UCD, Ireland’s Global University, is Ireland’s largest university. Established in 1854, the university has a student body of over 38,000 students with more than 9,500 international students drawn from 152 countries. UCD is Ireland's leader in graduate education with over 12,000 graduate students; almost a quarter of whom are graduate research students.

Students are attracted to UCD by the strength …

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