19 Oct
Freely accessible after registration

Environmental Law Lecture Series

 Strengthening EU Environmental Law: Legal Perspectives on Greening Europe

This lecture series provides a set of important insights from environmental law scholars on how EU environmental law helps to achieve the aim of a high level of environmental protection in the European Union and across the world.

With the European Green Deal from 11 December 2019 the European Commission tabled an ambitious legislative program, based on fundamental aims such as zero pollution, do no harm, and climate neutrality. Many legal developments took place and are still on-going, both at the European and national regulatory levels as in the courtroom, including the national courts. While efforts to protect the environment are direly needed, including effective implementation and enforcement, the regulatory acquis, and the flow of case law, has become utterly complex which poses challenges for acquiring a good understanding and application.

This freely accessible online (and hybrid) lecture series provides students and scholars with core insights in the state of affairs and further improvement of EU environmental law. The lecture series will run in 2023 and 2024. All lectures will be recorded and will be made accessible through YouTube.

Maastricht University students will be invited to attend all lectures on-site together with the coordinator of the series, Prof Marjan Peeters. These students are eligible for a certificate of attendance (see the information under the registration link).

This lecture series is part of the GreenDeal-NET initiative and hosted by MCEL and METRO, in cooperation with GLaw-Net.

Upcoming lectures

19 Oct. 2023
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm CET

Prof. Lorenzo Squintani
Public Participation in the EU and other legal frameworks: towards a more effective public participation practice

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9 Nov. 2023
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm CET

Dr. Ioanna Hadjiyianni

Access to justice in environmental matters at EU level

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7 Dec. 2023 
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm CET
Prof. Mariolina Eliantonio  Access to justice in environmental matters before national courts and the role of the CJEU’s case law Click here for the abstract
8 Feb. 2024 
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm CET
Ass. Prof. Annalisa Volpato and Prof. Ellen Vos. The institutional architecture of EU environmental governance 
The role of EU agencies  
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Recorded lectures

8 March 2023 Prof Dr. Michael Faure Criminal Law as an Enforcement
System of the Environmental Acquis
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6 April 2023

Prof. Fabrizio Fracchia

The Duty to Protect the Environment
From anthropocentrism as a right
to anthropocentrism 
as a duty towards
future generations.
Click here for the recording.
4 May 2023 Prof. Helle Tegner Anker EU competences and the energy crisis.
On renewables, biodiversity and energy security

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1 June 2023
Prof. Dr. Bándi Gyula The Right of Future Generations Click here for the recording.
29 June 2023  Prof. Leonie Reins Where Eagles Dare: How much room for EU member states under the environmental guarantee Click here for the recording. 
21 Sept. 2023 Prof. Colin Reid and Dr. Sean Whittaker Freedom of Environmental Information The recording will follow soon


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