03 Jun 04 Jun
12:30 - 15:00

The “transnational” dimension of EU environmental legislation and its operationalization at the national level

Environmental problems are inherently transnational, as they transcend national borders and require regulatory solutions which equally transcend national legal systems.

For this reason, scholars have increasingly used the theoretical lens of “transnational law” to understand the complexities of environmental governance and provide solutions to tackle environmental issues. From this perspective, “transnational law” refers to alternative modes of governance which are portrayed as alternatives to hard lawand acknowledge the multilevel and multi-actor nature of the necessary regulatory responses.

Starting from the insights offered by the “transnational environmental law” scholarship, the workshop adopts a more limited definition of the notion of transnationality, following the line of enquiry offered by the emerging field of “transnational administrative law”. The latter aims at identifying situations of administrative actions which have either (legal or factual) effects on the territory of a system different from the one from which the action originates, or are based on factual or legal elements of “foreign” origin.

The focus of the workshop is on cases in which EU environmental legislation generates situations which, in the definition provided in the paragraph above, are transnational in nature. The workshop will have the two-fold aim to, first, identify transnational situations in the main legal acts constituting the EU environmental acquis and, second, to examine, through selected case studies, how the EU-induced administrative transnationality in the field of environmental law plays out in practice. 

The contributions to the workshop will, first, identify such kind of transnational situations in the fields of:  1. air quality, 2. water, 3. noise, 4. waste, 5. biodiversity, 6. soil, 7. marine environment, 8. industrial emissions, 9. environmental impact assessment, 10. major accident hazards (Seveso).

The analysis will subsequently extend to an examination of one or more cases of transnationality in practice (tackling questions such as: how are the results of the consultation taking place in one legal system incorporated in the decision-making of another legal system? How does the duty to give reasons play out in these situations? What is the legal nature of acts that are jointly drafted by authorities belonging to more than one legal system? What is the legal nature of the information shared in the course of the decision-making process? How are informal exchanges incorporated in the decision-making process? How are procedural principles of decision-making and the right to an effective remedy applied in situations in which part of the decision-making process takes place under the authority of a legal system different from that where the final decision is adopted?).


Monday, 3 June 2024 

12.30 -13.30: Welcome lunch & registration 

13.30-14.00: Opening speech by the organisers 

14.00-15.30: Session I – chaired by Justine Richelle, Hasselt University and Maastricht University 

  • Noise, Dr. Kleoniki Pouikli, Utrecht University
  • Waste, Dr. Jonas Voorter, Tilburg University & Hasselt University 

15.30-16.00: Coffee break 

16.00-18.00 : Session II – chaired by Prof. Mariolina Eliantonio, Maastricht University

  • Major accident hazards, Prof. Rui Tavares Lanceiro, University of Lisbon 
  • Industrial emissions, Prof. Hanna Tolsma, University of Groningen
  • Air quality, Justine Richelle, Hasselt University & Maastricht University

Tuesday, 4 June 2024 

09.30-10.00: Morning coffee 

10.00-12.00: Session III – chaired by Prof. Olivier Dubos, Bordeaux University 

  • Soil health, Prof. Theodore Georgopoulos, University of Reims
  • Biodiversity, Dr. Hendrik Schoukens, Ghent University
  • Environmental impact assessment, Prof. Martin Führ, Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences

12.00-13.00: Lunch break 

13.00-14.30: Session IV – chaired by Prof. Marjan Peeters, Maastricht University 

  • Water management,  TBC
  • Marine Environment, Dr. Mara Ntona, Strathclyde University 

 14.30-15.00: Closing remarks 


Registration is required. The deadline to register is 20 May.

We thank our sponsors SWOL, Globalization & Law, and the UM Law Faculty research fund WECIE, for making this event possible.

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