Water Law Course, Delft, Netherlands

Preparing for a climate-changed future, the people of the Netherlands are designing and constructing billions of Euros worth of projects to ensure the well-being of their nation. Students participating in the Comparative Water Law program in the Netherlands will consider the technologically-complex future, while being surrounded by the timeless architecture of the Middle Ages. Based in Delft, Netherlands, this course is scheduled a week prior to the Summer in Spain program, offering students the opportunity to sign up for one or both programs.

Organized in partnership with the Florida Earth Foundation (FEF), the weeklong water law course, led by FEF Executive Director, Stan Bronson, and St. Thomas Law Assistant Professor Keith Rizzardi, allows students to study water management as experienced in a nation situated below sea-level. Among other opportunities, students will attend lectures at the United Nations Institute for Water Education; learn about Dutch and European Union legislation; and gain a deeper understanding of the historic context and the magnitude of the future challenges and solutions. Field trip destinations include the historic windmills at Kinderdijk, the Flood Disaster Museum in Zeeland, and the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

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Program Dates & Information


The Water Law Course begins Tuesday, May 16, and ends Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

The Water Law Course, a one-credit add-on-course to the Summer in Spain program, is based in Delft, Netherlands. It is scheduled one week prior to the Summer in Spain program.

Students may apply for the Summer in Spain and the Netherlands program together or separately. A student planning to attend both programs will be able to arrive in time for the Start of the Spain program on Saturday, May 27.


Tuition for the Netherlands Water Law Course is $1,750. This cost includes room and board, some meals, bus fares, and site-admission fees related to class trips. Students are responsible to purchase their own airfare and make their own travel arrangements to and from the Netherlands.

Upon registration, students will be required to make a $300 deposit*.

* Deposit is refundable if student is denied admission to the program. Students must be in good academic standing to attend the Spain and Netherlands programs.

Course Description

Comparative Water Law
Professor Keith Rizzardi
LLME 503A/LAW 503A (1 Credit)

This course compares the formal institutional informal intergovernmental structures that shape water law, policy, and management in the Netherlands and in Florida. The course also explores the challenges of regulating and adapting to sea level rise. Assisted by faculty from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education and members of the Florida Earth Foundation, the program includes briefings on U.S. and Florida water management at UNESCO-IHE in Delft, and field trips to destinations such as the windmills at Kinderdijk, and the flood museum in Zeeland.