Recent Publications and Speeches

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Phosphorus, Scarcity of Natural Resources, and the Law

During the last years, the Research Unit Sustainability and Climate Policy has done a lot of research on questions of phosphorus and scarcity of natural resources, as well as on land-use and climate change - from a transdisciplinary point of view. See, among other papers, here.

Felix Ekardt on various international conferences

Since 2007, Felix Ekardt has given speeches and presentations on some 50 international conferences on questions of sustainability, climate change, justice, human rights, phosphorus scarcity, land-use, etc. For details and also for forthcoming speeches, see the list of presentations.

Universalism and Discourse Ethics

The Research Unit Sustainability and Climate Policy has done a lot of research on the normative grounds of sustainability - respectively on the theoretical basis of both ethics and law. The most informative is the big German volume "Theorie der Nachhaltigkeit", but there is also a number of English papers. See, among other papers, here.

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Projects and Members of the Research Unit Sustainability and Climate Policy

The Research Unit Sustainability and Climate Policy works on a large number of research projects. The list includes all current projects as well as all concluded projects of current members of the research unit. The project that appears first on the list is also the main working field and the respective doctorate project. Projects of former members of the research unit are also mentioned.

Current Third Party Funds/ Projects

Felix Ekardt
  • Optimization of German Climate Law (funded by Federal Environmental Ministry)
  • Energy sufficiency (project with IFEU Heidelberg and Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy, funded by Federal Ministry for Education and Research)
  • Biodiversity, Climate Change, Evaluation, and Governance Instruments (funded by the German Parliament)
  • Participation of civil society and NGOs in environmental and social matters (funded by Hans Böckler Stiftung)
  • Biotech Law and Biodiversity Law (funded by the Bundesamt für Naturschutz and the NABU)
  • European Law, Conservation Law, and Judicial Review (funded by BUND e. V.)
  • International Resource Politics (project with Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy, funded by Heinrich-Böll-Foundation)
  • Social distributive justice in climate policy (funded by the Hans-Böckler-Foundation)
  • Climate Protection and Planning Law (funded by the Land Nordrhein-Westfalen)
  • Climate Protection, Planning Law, and Coal Power Plants (funded by the Land Nordrhein-Westfalen)
  • Land-use and Climate Law (funded by AcaTech/ Bioökonomierat/ Federal Ministry for Education and Research)
  • Climate Change and Social Distributive Justice (funded by Misereor and Konrad Adenauer Foundation)
  • Climate Change, Human Rights, and Balancing (funded by Solarenergie-Förderverein Deutschland e.V.)
  • World trade law and social state (funded by the Hans-Böckler-Foundation)
  • Property rights, lignite, and public interest (funded by Solarenergie-Förderverein Deutschland e.V.)
  • Property rights and power supply lines (funded by Solarenergie-Förderverein Deutschland e.V.)
  • Solar Energy and the Fundamental Right to Property (funded by Solarenergie-Förderverein Deutschland e.V.)
  • Environmental Charges on Emissions (funded by Greenpeace Switzerland)
Anne-Katrin Exner
Beatrice Garske
  • PhD student on land-use, climate change and phosphorus (funded by Wissenschaftscampus Phosphor)
  • Degrowth Homepage (funded by BUND e.V.)
Bettina Hennig
  • Legal problems, ecological and social advantages and disadvantages of bio-energy (funded by the University of Bremen and Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt)
  • Legal problems of renewable energies: The ‘perspective 2050’/core problems of the renewable energy act (EEG) 2009 (funded by the German Federal Ministry for Environment)
  • Biotech Law, Conservation, and NGO Rights (funded by Bundesamt für Naturschutz and the NABU e. V.)
  • Biotech law and Länder authorities (funded by Bundesamt für Naturschutz/NABU e.V.)
  • Land Use and Climate Law (funded by AcaTech/ Bioeconomy Council/ German Federal Ministry for Education and Research)
  • Biotech Law and Biodiversity Law (funded by Bundesamt für Naturschutz and the NABU e.V.)
  • Social distributive justice in climate policy (funded by the Hans-Böckler-Foundation)
  • Legal Issues of Aircraft Noise (funded by the Research Unit)
  • Climate Protection on Local Authority Level (funded by the Saxonian Parliament)
Manuela Jäger
Sustainability Discourse in Industrialising Countries - the Example of India (Assistant of the Director)
Jutta Wieding
Master thesis on international climate law after Warsaw and Paris (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes

Further Doctorate Projects

Nina Hehn
Legal problems concerning the transition to a climate neutral town (lawyer)
Catrin Spring
Energy Taxation in the EU (lecturer)
Raphael Weyland
  • Water law, climate protection, and protection of nature in the planned federal environmental code (UGB) (funded by Bundesamt für Naturschutz; now lawyer)
  • Reform of German federalism and environmental law (funded by BUND e.V. and University of Bremen)
  • Atomic Waste Exports as a Legal Problem (funded by BUND NRW e.V.)
Lea Balzer
Power to Gas as a Legal Problem (Cooperation with the Law Firm von Bredow Valentin)
Malgorzata Krzysztofik
Renewable Energies in Germany and Poland (Cooperation with the Law Firm von Bredow Valentin)
Jessica Stubenrauch
Diploma thesis on the accumulation of harmful substances in soils; forthcoming PhD student (cooperation with the institute for geography of Leipzig University and the Federal Environmental Agency)

Projects of Former Members

Dr. Klaus Beckmann
Interim measures and suspensive effect (retired official)
Dr. Hartwig von Bredow
Legal problems of energy efficiency (lawyer)
Anika Bruns
Legal problems of energy-heat-linkage (student assistant job funded by the German Federal Ministry for Environment)
Dr. Daniel Buscher
Reform of German federalism and the future of ‘town states’ (Rechtsreferendar)
Mareike Heering
Christian Heitmann
  • A socially just tax policy and its relationship to climate policy (funded by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and through a research assistant job at the University of Rostock and a student assistant job)
  • Legal problems of renewable energy: The ‘perspective 2050’/renewable energy heat act (EEWärmeG) as well as tax and subsidies aspects (German Federal Ministry for Environment)
  • Participation of civil society and NGOs in environmental and social matters (funded by Hans Böckler Stiftung)
Andreas Heym
Internal administrative law and nature protection law (assistant at the Bundesamt für Naturschutz)
Antonia von Hövel
  • Usage of land in global and European climate protection law
  • Foundations of a global Marshall-plan/planetary contract (contract financed by the BUND e.V.)
Dr. Nadine Holzapfel
Waste law, soil protection law, and water law (lawyer)
Anna Hyla
  • Legal problems of renewable energies: the ‘perspective 2050’/aspects of WTO law and human rights (student assistant job financed by the German Federal Ministry of Environment)
  • Balancing in Climate Protection and Health Care System (student assistant job at the University of Bremen; contract financed by the BUND e.V.)
Judith Kleibs
Degrowth (Cooperation with Friends of the Earth Germany)
Daniel Kornack
Dr. Henrike-Uljane Kruschinski
Legal problems of bio-gas plants (employee at EWE AG)
Swantje Meyer-Mews
Andrea Schmeichel
Legal problems of renewable energy: the ‘perspective 2050’/renewable energy act (EEG) and the EC directive (research assistant job funded by the German Federal Ministry for Environment)
Heiko Sabatzki
Public private partnership, competition law, public procurement law (University of Bremen, faculty of law)
Dr. Patrick Kim Schmidtke
Municipal climate protection (funded by the lawyers office Schmitz; now civil servant with a federal agency)
Dr. Jan Seidel
Threshold values in soil protection law (lawyer)
Larissa Steffenhagen
  • Legal problems of renewable energies: the ‘ perspective 2050’/aspects of WTO law and human rights (student assistant job financed by the German Federal Ministry of Environment)
  • Sanctions and legal protection in global climate protection law (student assistant job at the University of Bremen)
  • Water law and coal power plants (funded by BUND e. V.)
  • EU Emissions Trading System 2013 (student assistant job at the University of Rostock; Rechtsreferendarin)
  • Ethical and Strategical Issues of a „Turnaround“ in Environmental Protection (funded by BUND e. V.)
Dr. Davor Šušnjar
Hilke van Riesten
Legal problems of carbon dioxide sequestration (student assistant job funded by the German Federal Ministry of Environment; Research Assistant at the German Parliament)
Martin Wilke
Biotech law, protection of nature, and association rights (funded by Bundesamt für Naturschutz and NABU)
Ulrike Will
  • Bottom-Up versus Top-Down in Environmental Policy (funded by BUND e.V.)
  • Global climate protection and the limits to growth
Ines Zager
  • Climate protection and emission trade (funded by Frankfurter Rundschau; now lawyer)
  • Emission trade and the German allocation act (funded by BUND e.V.)
  • Freedom of speech and Danish cartoon fight (student assistant job)

Moreover, there exist concluded PhD projects on public procurement law, building law, terrorism and security, and on principles of international public law (second opinions) as well as finished BUND-projects on global justice (Nina Neumann), rationing in health care systems and the adaption to climate change (Verena Lessmann), and a university financed project on the every day culture of law students with a migration background in liberal states (Cornelia Richter).