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Biodiversity Law Seminar

The preservation and conservation of species has local impacts, not only where the plants and animals live, but also where they are shipped, grown, reproduced and sold.  Thus, preservation and conservation, as well as balancing the rights and interests of respective parties, require national and international management, much of which is through law.

In this course, Indian guest Professor Shamita Kumar, an international expert in the law of conservation, will lead the students – in collaboration with Professor Dr. Kirk W. Junker – through the natural and social sciences telling us what the problems are, how the sciences cope with them and how law might contribute a remedy.



Advanced Seminar in Biodiversity Law

Winter Semester 2019/20, University of Cologne

Prof. Dr. Shamita Kumar, Guest Professor at the Chair for American Law, University of Cologne and Professor at the Institute of Environment Education and Research, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune, India

This course will be held on selected days from 7 October to 25 October 2019 (twice a week on Wednesday and Thursday/17:15-18.45/ Venue: Lehrstuhl für US-amerikanisches Recht, Aachenerstr. 201, Room: AC201/04) and it will discuss a selection of international agreements on biological diversity as tools for biodiversity conservation using a problem-solving perspective. 

The course is a combination of classroom lectures and field visits.  It includes an optional joint field work with Indian students to the Pench Tiger Reserve, a Project Tiger Reserve in the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh as well as a visit to the Berchtesgaden National Park, in the south of Germany and to the Eifel National Park within the duration of the course.

The field work in India is a joint activity with Indian students and will involve pre- and post- field work group discussions, wildlife safaris, rapid rural appraisals to understand wildlife and conflict issues. The park also offers wonderful birding opportunities.

Assessment: Students who want to receive credits need to submit a paper based on the initial ideas they present during the course. The guidelines for the paper will differ depending on whether the students are taking this as an advanced module or a regular module.  This will be discussed during class and the deadline for the submission will be March 30th, 2020.


5.15 to 6.45 pm

Law of Protected Areas



5.15 to 7.00 pm

Urban biodiversity conservation and the law

Discussion on the upcoming India field work


Field visit to Eifel National Park

Prior registration is essential. Kindly contact: m.arjona-soberon@uni-koeln.de


Convention of Biological Diversity: An umbrella convention for conservation of biodiversity?

17.10.2019 to 20.10.2019

Field visit to Berchtesgaden National Park

Prior registration is essential. Kindly contact:  m.arjona-soberon@uni-koeln.de


Visit to the United Nations (Convention on Migrating Species) in Bonn

Prior registration is essential. Kindly contact:  m.arjona-soberon@uni-koeln.de


International Conventions: What makes them effective? (Special focus on Marine conservation and CMS)


Rights for Nature: A new path for conservation?