E-Course: Insurance and Sustainable Development Goals


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The need for advanced academic training in insurance was widely felt and identified both by academics and representatives of the industry across Europe and the world.

The Jean Monnet Module on EU Insurance Law: Challenges in the SDG Era (EUInsLSDG) aims at filling a double gapby providing advanced training that prepares the next generation of top-qualified legal professionals in insurance, ready to enter the market equipped with the instruments to face the challenges of our time, as well as preparing early-stage researchers, by encouraging state-of-the-art academic research in this field in those areas where both the regulators and the regulated require research outputs that will help them substantiate future decisions.

This module also tries to foster awareness of the insurance sector’s potential to contribute decisively towards the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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Teaching hours:

18 hours. Estimated total workload: 84 hours = 3 ECTS


Friday from 3pm to 5pm CET, 2pm to 4pm GMT, from 31st March to 2nd June 2023.


150€ (reduced rate of 75€ for students).


This course is part of the Jean Monnet Module “EU Insurance Law: Challenges in the SDG Era” (ref. no. 101085125), funded by the European Union (Erasmus+ Programme).

Learning outcomes:

In this course, students will be able to explore the relationship between EU Insurance Law, SDGs and Human Rights through a series of talks delivered by experts. All attendants will be able to identify potential threats and opportunities for the SDGs and Human Rights in the insurance markets. They will also be ready to provide a quick response when exposed to these scenarios. In addition, all assistants will gain an understanding of how the very nature of an organization define the interaction between these three spheres (EU Insurance Law, SDGs and Human Rights). Hence, they will get the integrative vision that is needed to confront these issues from a human rights perspective.

Teaching methods:

This module will be organized in nine different sessions. Different speakers with various backgrounds (professors, NGOs, insurance sector, etc) will go into depth regarding the interaction between a particular set of SDGs and the Insurance sector. Students will be asked to prepare in advance by going through the reading list provided. After the panel’s initial interventions, assistants would be required to provide their comments and ask questions. Each session will be moderated by one of the coordinators.

Assessment methods:

A certificate of attendance will be available to all those present in at least seven sessions. All students who wish to be awarded a certificate of successful completion of the course will be assessed by means of a discussion paper and on the basis of their class participation. Topics will be chosen by students with the agreement of the coordinators of the module. A list of indicative topics will be provided upon enrolment.


To be provided upon enrolment.


Principles of European Insurance Contract Law (PEICL).
Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
Directive (EU) 2016/97 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 January 2016 on insurance distribution (Insurance Distribution Directive).
Directive 2009/138/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2009 on the taking-up and pursuit of the business of Insurance and Reinsurance (Solvency II Directive).
Directive 2004/113/EC of the Council of 13 December 2004 implementing the principle of equal treatment between men and women in the access to and supply of goods and services (Gender Discrimination Directive).

Judicial decisions:

European Court of Justice:
Rodrigues de Andrade, C-514/16, EU:C:2017:908.
Vnuk, C-162/13, EU:C:2014:2146.
Ambrósio Lavrador, C-409/09, EU:C:2011:371.
Test-Achats, C-236/09, EU:C:2011:100.


31st March 2023
Introduction to the e-course. Basics of Insurance and SDG

Margarida Lima Rego (NOVA School of Law)
María del Val Bolivar Oñoro (NOVA School of Law)

14th April 2023
GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation + GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure + GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Pierpaolo Marano (AIDA Europe)
Vera Eiró (NOVA School of Law and President of the Portuguese Water and Waste Authority)

21st April 2023
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being

Miguel Ángel Ramiro Avilés (University of Alcalá)
Elsa Zawedde (University of Illinois)

28th April 2023
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy + GOAL 13: Climate Action

Lucila de Almeida (NOVA School of Law)
Tim Hardy (AIDA Europe)

5th May 2023
GOAL 14: Life Below Water + GOAL 15: Life on Land

Maria Damanaki (Former EU Commissioner)
Stephen Turner (University of Essex)

12th May 2023
GOAL 1: No Poverty + GOAL 2: Zero Hunger

Luís Renato Vedovato (UNICAMP)
Kathleen Defever (Attorney, US)

19th May 2023
GOAL 5: Gender Equality + GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality

Lene Løvdal (Egalia)
Madison Stephens (University of Southampton)

26th May 2023
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth + GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Claire Bright (NOVA School of Law)
Fabrizio Esposito (NOVA School of Law)

2nd June 2023
GOAL 4: Quality Education + GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions + Wrap-up: the insurance sector’s fundamental role in furthering SDG

Margarida Lima Rego (NOVA School of Law)
María del Val Bolivar Oñoro (NOVA School of Law)


This e-course is part of the Jean Monnet Module “EU Insurance Law: Challenges in the SDG Era” (ref. no. 101085125), funded by the European Union (Erasmus+ Programme).

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